German based tech startup Jimdo launches in Japan via exclusive cooperation with KDDI Web Communications
Web2Asia's customer & partner Jimdo today announced an exclusive agreement with KDDI Web Communications, a subsidiary of Japan's 2nd largest telecommunication corporation KDDI.
The German startup and the Japanese industry leader launched the Japanese Jimdo version, www.jp.jimdo.com, in a joint press conference at the German Embassy in Tokyo. KDDI Web Communications will also offer Jimdo's website creator for business clients on its hosting platform www.cpi.ad.jp.
The young German company has not spared any effort to internationalize and make its product accessible for more users around the world. Japanese is the eighth language worldwide and the second East Asian localization. Jimdo's partner in China, the consulting firm Web2Asia, has managed the Chinese portal and provided local support for Chinese users since July 2007. Web2Asia has been pivotal in facilitating the Japanese cooperation, Jimdo's first with a publicly traded company to localize its service.
"... Jimdo is the right partner for us"
Both Jimdo and KDDI Web Communications see the collaboration as an exciting step forward: "We're very pleased to move into the Japanese market." said Jimdo co-founder Matthias Henze, who traveled to Tokyo with fellow founders Christian Springub and Fridtjof Detzner and Web2Asia founder Georg Godula for the official launch.
"We at KDDI Web Communications realized immediately that Jimdo is the right partner for us," added Akihiro Yamase, CEO of the Japanese industry leader. "In our search for a website creation solution, Jimdo's innovative technology and international reputation for quality distinguished it from the rest. We're certain that Jimdo's product and brand will be well received by Japanese users.
The two companies project 300,000 new Japanese JimdoFree users within the first twelve months and see exciting opportunities in the business sector as well. According to a study commissioned by KDDI Web Communications, Internet adoption rates in Japan exceed 70%. However, only about 12% of all businesses have their own web domains. With Jimdo's website builder KDDI Web Communications offers its 40,000 existing corporate clients an easy way to further integrate the Internet in their operations.
Jimdo -- Pages to the People (www.jimdo.com) was founded in February 2007 by three young entrepreneurs Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze. In 2004 they founded a company on an old farmhouse, NorthClick, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Jimdo. The web technology that powers Jimdo was first developed for NorthClick's business clients, but frequent requests from friends gave the founders the idea to offer free Jimdo-Pages. Since then, the website creator has been supported by leaders like the Samwer Brothers (alando, jamba) who have invested in the web startup. In February 2009, the 500,000th Jimdo site went online.
About KDDI Web Communications
KDDI Web Communications Inc. was founded in 1997 and is a leading Japanese hosting provider with focus on small and medium sized enterprises. The company has more than 40,000 corporate clients and 7,000 resellers for its SMB hosting services. It is a division of KDDI Corporation, the second largest Japanese telecommunications operator with over US $36 billion in revenues in 2008.
You can find additional press material here http://www.jimdo.com/press/info-press-kit/current/ as well as the official press release below:
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Pictures from the press conference: