Squarespace has kept pretty quiet over the years, even as it has grown to become one of New York City’s marquee tech brands.
And today, the website publishing startup that competes with the likes of WordPress, held its first ever press event since CEOAnthony Casalena started Squarespace in a University of Maryland dorm room in 2004.
"It was not initially supposed to be a company," Casalena said onstage at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho. "It was just a way to create a website for myself."
Things have obviously changed. It’s been a year of expansion for Squarespace, which has grown from 285 employees in April to 380. The company opened new offices in Portland this year(it expanded to Dublin, Ireland last year) and will soon move from its Soho headquarters to a 100,000-square-foot space in the West Village.
Today's unveil: Squarespace 7, which is a total overhaul of its existing website editing platform (Squarespace 6 launched in 2012), big name partnerships with Getty Images andGoogle, and the official launch of its developer platform, which ends its open beta.
The Getty Images integration will allow users to license a selection of 50 million photos from the Seattle-based stock photo agency for $10 each, directly within Squarespace.