Infographic: DotNetNuke turns 10
Ten years ago, Shaun Walker had just completed a project he called IBuySpy Workshop as much to teach himself Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) asp.net as anything else. After a year of pouring himself into the project, Walker came up with an idea that many, including his own wife, considered pretty wacky. He was going to package the source code to his project and give it away as open source.
This was a Microsoft project, so the idea that he was open sourcing was met with some skepticism--I know, it's a question I asked him when I first met Walker--but in spite of the incongruity of an open source project based on Microsoft, it has thrived.
In 2003, a year after Walker created IBuySpy Portal, the project was renamed DotNetNuke. In 2005, they released two new versions: 3.0 and 4.0. What's more, they reached their first million downloads. In 2006, they incorporated with six original employees. By 2008, they got their first round of funding and reached four million downloads.
Last year, they reached seven million downloads.
The infographic below illustrates some of the company milestones as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary.