We are a digital agency going back to Web 1.0 days with loads of current Web 2.0, ecommerce and social media experience. We've also developed a suite of groundbreaking products with more than five patents filed, issued or pending.
Founder Marc Colando graduates from University of Michigan. Moves to Atlanta. Starts Interactive Planet, Inc. (ipi.net) in 1995.
Develops interactive set-top box cable TV prototype for Scientific-Atlanta. Brings gaming, financial, and shopping services to the platform from (among others) Equifax, Fidelity, and the founder of Atari. Delivers a CD-ROM to help other agencies working with The Coca-Cola Company be more creative & effective. Kinda, sorta co-founder & employee #1, Loren Heyns, preaches all the while that this new thing called "the Internet" is already a big deal at his alma mater.
Turns out our interactive cable TV work looks a whole lot like this new Internet thing. Our team launches first transactional bank site on the Web for BankSouth. Takes our cable TV work for Equifax over to a Microsoft startup called MSN where Equifax is a launch partner on the network. NationsBank acquires BankSouth the day our BankSouth site goes live. We sell an independently-built Olympic site to NationsBank and gift the domain name Olympics.com that we own to the US Olympic Committee.
Team spends the next few years building dozens of sites for top-tier clients. Wins numerous awards. Produces major gaming CD-ROM recruiting tool for US Marine Corps. Awarded Gold Iwo Jima for work by Marine Commandant – booyah! Ranks #2 on the Atlanta list of Interactive Agencies. (iXL was bigger and went public to disastrous effect not too long afterward.)
NationsBank demand for ipi.net explodes. We build Web presence for more than 20 lines of business. Architects online banking for NationsBank with CheckFree back-end technologies.
|Bank of America||World Travel Partners||Vodafone||Coca-Cola||U.S. Marine Corps|
|State Street||Carlson Wagonlit||T-Mobile||Microsoft||FannieMae|
|MasterCard||American Express||Sprint-Nextel||AMD||State of GA|
|Deutsche Bank||South African Airways||BMW (EMEA)||Irish Tourism Board|
Founder Marc Colando is an Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year Top-5 Finalist. NationsBank and Bank of America merge. Bank of America Ventures invests US$8.3mm for a 10% stake in ipi.net. Fifteen or so people migrate from ipi.net into Bank of America as employees a few years later. Remaining team disperses to six new offices around the world. Marc learns an expensive lesson about having everyone sign employment contracts.
The people at and around ipi.net have always been a tremendous asset. We've only made about 100 hires over our 15 years in business and there's no question that we've always been able to identify and attract hot strategic, technical and design talent. The following list is just a small sample of what some people who joined ipi.net early in their careers have go on to do since:
We're proud to announce that the USPTO has awarded US Patent 7,546,290 to founder Marc Colando. The patent covers "Systems and methods for extracting and adapting data" and has been deployed for major Internet brands like MasterCard, Virgin Atlantic, Sprint, Audi and TravelZoo.
E-commerce platform provider (and ipi.net client) ShopVisible launched a new transactional DonellSkin.com today with help from ipi.net. Site wiring – the portion of ecommerce site development that ties transactional features to the ecommerce platform backend – were completed by ipi.net in less than 15 business days.
MF Buckhead, founded by former ipi.net creative director Alex Kinjo and his brother Chris Kinjo, was named one of America's top six sushi restaurants by Bon Appetit. Congratulations, guys!
Our experience developing and launching new products gives us an edge in the art of defining strategies and evolving them into go-to-market plans for execution. Nothing inspires us like exploring and focusing the opportunities abound in new ideas. We'd love to hear from you if you're baking a new product, service, market or company.
We've always been fortunate to attract top creative talent at ipi.net. Recent engagements include development of advertising and marketing collateral for ShopVisible and graphic design for a stealth West Coast startup.
We might well be a bit unique in the era of outsourcing. Sure, we use overseas developers and lower-cost partners to get some production work done. But we still stay sharp in the latest development frameworks like Ruby on Rails and Python so that we assist in rapid application development. Our full set of expertise includes Java and Spring Application Framework, Ruby on Rails, Python, Flash, Flex, Silverlight, ASP.net and a few specialty technologies as well.