Media Kit

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Hi! I’m Max. I’m the latest addition to the team here at You might have already seen me on our website, blog, Twitter, or starring in our latest YouTube video. My job is to give you the inside scoop!

What is is an easy-to-use, online website builder company that empowers entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools and education to achieve their dreams. With our all-in-one website builder solution, customers can create a complete online store without ever having to learn website design or computer programming. Since 1999, hundreds of thousands of websites have been built using our technology. The team is based at Harbour Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Who is was founded in 1999 by Sunny Hirai. He had previously started and owned his own businesses, and while looking for a new venture, found that no all-in-one website builder existed for small business owners. His mission to create an easy e-commerce solution has since transformed into an inspiring Painted Picture.

What is our Painted Picture?

With our Painted Picture, we're bringing the future into the present, so that we can do something about it now. Our Painted Picture creates a vivid mental image of where will be by 2019.

We're going to change the world by motivating and empowering small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to have the businesses they've always envisioned. Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to help 1,000,000 entrepreneurs, and this shapes every aspect of our business.

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • 2010 - wins a WebAward from Web Marketing Association for Best Small Business Website
  • 2010 - named Company of the Year at Small Business BC's Successful You Awards
  • 2010 - interviewed in Wall Street Journal on the upside of animals in the office
  • 2010 - interviewed in Inc. Magazine regarding unique hiring rituals
  • 2010 - "Homepreneur of the Year" contest and winners featured in Daily Dose
  • 2009 - featured in the Wall Street Journal for his team motivation tactics
  • 2009 - recognized as the #2 Best Company to Work for in BC (under 100 employees) by BCBusiness Magazine
  • 2009 - selected to judge Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
  • 2009 - Web Marketing Association WebAward - Small Business Standard of Excellence
  • 2009 - ad:tech’s People's Choice Award in the category of Best B2B Marketing Website
  • 2009 - listed as one of PROFIT Magazine's NEXT 100 Emerging Businesses in Canada
  • 2008 - featured in Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2008
  • 2008 - Web Marketing Association WebAward – Small Business Standard of Excellence
  • 2008 - named Cultural Diversecity Award finalist

The Facts

  • Founded October 28, 1999
  • Number of active entrepreneurs : Approx 30,000
  • Number of sites built using technology (WebsiteDynamics): 572,000+
  • 100% privately held
  • Founder: Sunny Hirai (now leading With.Us)
  • 36 employees and 2 Directors Of Greeting (DOGs)
  • 50% staff growth in 2009
  • Our entrepreneurs sell everything imaginable: homemade soap, solar gnomes, Cabbage Patch Kids, microwave pork rinds, chimney dampers, custom pet jewelry, and so much more


  • October 1999 – is founded
  • December 1999 – incorporated
  • February 2000 – 10 million websites on the internet
  • September 2000 – 20 million websites on the internet
  • January 2001 – Wikipedia is founded
  • January 2002 – 100,000th website is built
  • March 2002 - Having your own blog becomes cool
  • April 2003 – Apple’s iTunes launches
  • January 2004 – Facebook is founded
  • February 2005 – YouTube launches
  • July 2008 – 500,000th website is built
  • September 2008 – launched Painted Picture, relocates to Gastown office
  • June 2009 – listed in PROFIT Magazine’s NEXT 100 Fastest Growing Companies
  • October 2009 – Geocities closes
  • April 2009 – wins ad:tech People’s Choice Award
  • November 2009 – wins #2 Best Company to Work for in B.C.
  • January 2010 – Marco Barberini is awarded the 1st annual Homepreneur of the Year Award by


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