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BaseKit is a cloud-based web presence platform and website builder, that partners with hosting, telco and internet companies to reach small and medium-sized businesses, delivering websites that work on phone, tablets and web browsers.
History and development
Basekit was created by Simon Best, Richard Best and Richard Healy.
The company took off in September 2008 when Basekit was awarded £50,000 of seed funding by winning Seedcamp, the European-wide competition for early-stage companies. Juan Lobato was one of the investors from Seedcamp and initially acted as an advisor to Basekit before being appointed full-time CEO in July 2009. Basekit raised a further £10 million in funding from leading European venture investors Eden Ventures, NESTA and Nauta Capita in 2011.
In 2011, BaseKit software was selected as the engine behind Google's "India Get Your Business Online" initiative, which encourages local businesses to establish a website presence and get listed in Google Maps.
In 2014, Basekit secured a further £4.5m in investment from existing investors as well as The British Business Bank, through the Angel CoFund. During the same year BaseKit also partnered with Google in their ‘Think Insights’ initiative, encouraging small businesses to develop websites that are accessible across all devices.
BaseKit’s editor allows for responsive websites that work on mobile, tablet and web browsers.
The design is available in the BaseKit’s editor for the user to add content by clicking and dragging 'widgets' from BaseKit's toolbox onto the page. The user can preview the site 'live' at any time from within the interface on their browser. Once satisfied with their design, the user can then 'publish' the site, enabling anyone with the URL to view the site.
BaseKit’s editor has been localised into 15 languages: English (British), English (US), Polish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swedish, Russian, Serbian, Greek and Norwegian. It is available to end customers from over 100 hosting and telco providers worldwide.
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