Digital Ocean’s Journey From TechStars Reject To Cloud-Hosting Darling

Beautiful video for some startup inspiration.


The cloud hosting service DigitalOcean is one of the big startup success stories of the last year. Earlier this month, the company announced that it had raised a $37 million funding round led by Andreesen Horowitz, just a few months after raising a $3.2 million seed round. Maybe even more importantly, it’s adding customers at a rapid clip and it has now spun up over 1.3 million cloud server instances since its launch a year ago.

Getting to this point wasn’t all that easy, though. Earlier this week, I sat down with DigitalOcean CEO and co-founder Ben Uretsky to talk a bit about the company’s journey. It is, in many ways, the quintessential startup story. Uretsky has a background in hosting, but in 2012, he decided that a new approach to cloud hosting was necessary. Existing providers offered pricing plans that were too complicated and platforms that weren’t always meeting…

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