SingleHop Co-founder and CEO, Zak Boca has been chosen as an Emerging Entrepreneur by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The selection committee chose Boca based on the criteria of product and service innovation, overall contribution to the industry, as well as financial success and potential. Awesome, Inc., hopes to award Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs and encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.
Zak Boca, born and raised in Bowling Green, KY, moved to Chicago after attending Western Kentucky University to start MidPhase, a shared Web hosting company with SingleHop Co-founder, Dan Ushman.
“MidPhase was the second company I started, so I had some experience, but as every entrepreneur knows, each new business venture has a unique set of challenges.” Boca says.
Boca and Ushman sold midPhase in 2005, which at that point had grown to over 160,000 customers and $16 million in revenue.
After MidPhase was acquired by UK2, the two entrepreneurs started SingleHop, a dedicated and cloud Web hosting provider in October of 2006. In just five years SingleHop has become Chicago’s fastest-growing company, and the 2nd fastest-growing IT company in America with over 7,900% growth over the past three years. The company’s revenue for 2011 is an expected $24 million while its number of employees has increased by nearly 75%. “I’m extremely grateful for my success and thrilled to see the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in my home state of Kentucky,” said Boca.
Boca was among the following Emerging Entrepreneurs this year:
- Wayne Yeager, Webalytics
- Vidya Ravichandran, GlowTouch
- Heather Howell,
- Rooibee Red Tea
- Rob May, Backupify
About SingleHop, Inc.
HJ used Singlhop as one of the sample companies in our post about the BBB. They pull off an A if your interested, and have been BBB Accredited Business since 04/01/2008
SingleHop is a dedicated and cloud hosting provider that offers highly scalable, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers primarily under monthly contracts. With clients in 114 countries, two Chicago-area data centers, and over 10,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state-of-the-art hardware, server management customization and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. While combining security and convenience to provide solutions for a wide range of enterprises, SingleHop remains an industry leader in providing customers with automatic provisioning, remote management and accessibility using a variety of personal devices.
SingleHop was established in 2006 and makes its home in Chicago, IL. In 2011, the company was named #25 on the Inc. 500 list for the fastest-growing companies in America, a significant leap from #58 the previous year.