Duda sprang from the introduction of one of the most revolutionary devices of the 21st century: the smartphone. Amir Glatt and Itai Sadan, friends since college and SAP co-workers, were doing what most tech lovers were in early 2008 - drooling over the release of the first iPhone. But it quickly became apparent to them that browsing websites on the phone was not a great experience.
They also realized large companies with vast resources would easily deal with this new medium, but creating a solid mobile experience was going to be a big challenge for most small- and medium-sized businesses due to a lack of budget and technical know-how. Clearly, someone needed to level the playing field. And so, they founded Duda.
Officially launched in 2010, the company is now a leading DIY website builder for web professionals and small businesses via its products; DudaMobile, a mobile-only site builder; DudaOne, a responsive website builder and DudaPro, which enables entrepreneurs, designers and agencies of all sizes to create web presence solutions without the need to invest in hours of costly development time.
The company is partnered with some of the biggest players in the tech industry including GoDaddy, AT&T, Yahoo!, Google, Homestead, OpenTable and DreamHost. Duda is based in Palo Alto, California, currently hosts over five million websites and won over ten awards in the last year, including Small or Medium Business Service of the Year.
But what about the name?
Oh, Duda? Duda is a variation of "Dude", who just happens to be the main character in one of our fave movies of all time: The Big Lebowski. You should watch it with us sometime. Look out for that ferret!