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Happy 8th Birthday to us...

It's Salsa's 8th birthday, I'm feeling nostalgic, so I thought I'd share a little about our young history.

Adam D 25 August 2011

It's Salsa's 8th birthday, I'm feeling nostalgic, so I thought I'd share a little about our young history.

August 25, 2003:
8 years ago today I sat at a second hand desk in a spare bedroom (well, it was spare after we moved our 4 month old daughter into our room) of our 2 bedroom unit in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs. I stared at the screen of my 3-year-old self made PC, rolled up my sleeves, and started working... with absolutely no idea what I was doing.

Previously I was a lead developer for a large IT services firm. I was made redundant during the DotCom bust, then spent a couple of months pondering life with my Fiance Nicole and our new baby Sienna - I actually considered getting out of IT all together.

My good friends Phil & Alfred asked me whether I'd be interested in running a new business idea they had - selling & building thousands (!!??) of websites using open source software for $99, and making money off the hosting & support. Wow, how things have changed...

We hired our first employee a few weeks later (Murat, designer - family of course), then our second (Emil, developer - a close friend, who has recently re-joined the Salsa team actually!), then Nicole kicked us out of the house.

2004:
We leased our first real office which was above a mechanical workshop in Northcote for $150/week, and then hired Conan & Hiroo, and shortly afterwards, Matt. They helped us make a name for ourselves, and thankfully I'm still in touch with them (in fact I had a beer with Matty & Hiroo on Friday afternoon, along with half a dozen or so other x-Salsa employees).

2005:
Over the coming year we met some amazing clients that had faith in us, and allowed us to learn & grow, including www.melbourneweddingregistry.com.au, who we still work with today.

2006:
We moved into our 3rd location in Lygon St, East Brunswick, where Phil joined the business full time as our SEO Manager (and cold caller - that was funny). We hired our first Office Manager, Rachel, and a series of developers that were to transform the Salsa business yet again to the agency it is today, including Sammy, Nathan, Chris, Steve, Dan (x2), Nick, Modi, & Alex (R.I.P Big Al, we miss ya).

2008:
We moved into our current premises in Fitzroy, and now have a team of 29 staff across 3 countries, and about 200 loyal customers. The journey continues - we keep changing the business, introducing new services, meeting new clients, and making great friends along the way. Our staff are the difference for us - they're the real Salsa.

I love what I do, what Salsa does for our customers, and that we're able to provide jobs to some special people.

Since starting Salsa, I married my Fiance and we've had a couple more kids - my life has been amazing because of Nicole, and what Salsa has allowed us to do. Nicole would kill me if I put a photo of her here, but here is one of our kids.

Adam DeGiorgio.

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