22 Jun Louisville web design company Duda gets new space in Louisv…
A California tech company, which opened a Louisville office almost three years ago in a shared work space, on Wednesday is moving into a bigger spot to accommodate its growing team.
The new office of Duda, Inc., a web design platform for digital media agencies, including web hosting companies and online publishers, will be at 1025 Cannon St., Suite 1C. The new space is about 3,400 square feet, said Oded Ouaknine, chief customer officer at Duda.
The company, which has 11 employees in Louisville, operates from a coworking office, Goosetail Spaces at 168 CTC Blvd., Suite E. Louisville’s convenient location in relation to Boulder and Denver makes it a desirable place, he said. It offers an opportunity to have a lifestyle and work life balance, he said.
Also, the Denver-metro area offers a big pool of talent for the company to hire from, Ouaknine said, explaining his company’s initial decision to locate in Louisville.
The plan is to grow the Louisville office to about 25 to 30 employees, he said. It will include staff in account management, sales and technical support. The office will support Duda’s global operations, Ouaknine said.
The 10-year-old company, which has offices in Palo Alto, Calif., London and Tel Aviv, Israel, has been experiencing tremendous growth in the last few years, he said. More than 6,000 digital agencies and solutions providers of all sizes use Duda as their primary website builder, and there are more than 14 million websites hosted on the platform, Ouaknine said. Duda’s competitors include Webflow, Webydo, Weebly and WordPress, he said.
Duda is an advanced platform that helps to create cutting-edge websites quickly, said Brian Lewis, founder and CEO of WebAct, a webdesign and marketing company in Denver.
“It’s a drag and drop platform” that allows for a quicker building of websites, he said.
WebAct can rely on web designers using the Duda platform to create websites with great features and customize them for clients, Lewis said. It has helped reduced labor costs for WebAct, (with reduced reliance on software developers, who cost much to hire) which allows the company to pass the savings to customers, he said.
WebAct used multiple web design platforms in its early days, and began using Duda’s mobile platform in 2013, he said. In 2016, Duda began offering a combined solution for desktop, tablet and mobile, he said. It helped WebAct scale and grow its business, Lewis said.
WebAct, which is going on its eighth year, made 5,000 websites in its first three years, but since migrating to the Duda platform in 2016, WebAct has been able to develop more than 20,000 websites, Lewis said.