Media Temple: Chris Lea

.net: How does Media Temple distinguish itself from other hosting companies?
CL: We try to stay more in touch with the design and development community as part of our internal culture. At conferences such as SXSW, we’re throwing parties and talking to people who are doing cutting edge development or design. We’re trying to stay in touch with the individuals and groups who are pushing ideas and concepts in new directions on the web. I think that gives us an insight into what’s coming and what we should focus on technically, culturally and aesthetically.

.net: Where did this strategy come from?
CL: Our CEO, Demian Sellfors, is just a big bucket of great ideas. When he started the company in 1998, one of his neighbours, who was a web designer, asked him to host his site. A week later, that same guy asked him to host a site he was building for another person. The lightbulb went on and Demian decided to focus on people who make websites. He saw that if he could get those people, they were going to keep bringing their business back to Media Temple.

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