The Next Rocketship - Sponsored by The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell
For the third interview in “The Next Rocketship” series, we spoke with Anthony Casalena, founder of Squarespace, about fundraising, building his business from one employee to nearly 200, and the importance of web design fundamentals. Read More
After the Storm
Another big move from Soho-based Squarespace: Today the company is launching a commerce offering for digital and physical goods, which will allow Squarespace users an integrated option for selling whatever they want through the platform.
CEO Anthony Casalena said the reason was pretty simple: Demand. It’s been “the number-one most-requested feature across the platform for half a decade.”
When Hurricane Sandy smashed into lower Manhattan last week, customers of the data center Peer1 faced the prospect of major downtime. Just a blackout would’ve been no problem. But when the basement flooded, it took out the pumps that transport fuel from the reserve tanks to the generators on top of the building. That’s where Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena came in.
“I wake up Tuesday, I live in Soho,” said Mr. Casalena. “There’s no reception. There’s no power, so all the cell towers are dead.” Somehow a couple of messages snuck through to his cell phone: “Anthony there’s a major problem at Peer1, the basement’s flooded, they can’t access any reserve fuel, we have 12 hours.” He hurriedly packed a bag and started walking downtown.