After reading “The Rum Diary” by American novelist Hunter S. Thompson, Alex O’Byrne’s life changed. At the time, Alex was working for a fancy American bank located in London. He hated his job and found himself working in a suffocating environment among what he calls the “posh guys.” “When I hit my twenties, I had a feeling that maybe I had rushed into the race, and that I should have taken more chances and done more crazy things.” But even the flashy and stuffy ones have a purpose. That boring bank job is where Alex met his current business partner, Piers Thorogood. Today the duo form one of Europe’s leading web design and development companies, We Make Websites. With over 500 completed eCommerce projects.
Shopify Partner is ranked number one in Europe for Shopify providers and has worked with all kinds of high-end clients, from high-end lingerie retailers to prestigious media houses. E-commerce business: lingerie But in the past, the couple started out as computer science Maldives Email Lists interns. After a few years of working full time, the boys hatched a tentative plan to start their own business creating websites. They hadn’t fully committed to releasing anything, until Alex read Thompson’s booze-adventure story while on vacation in France. “I came back from that trip, and that was it. She left it. It was not planned. I called Piers when I got out. I said, ‘I’m quitting, so we’re going to have to make this work.’ He was like,
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Alex recalls with a smile. From that moment of clarity, a business was born that has since dominated the European e-commerce market. The end of 2016 marked seven years of activity for the mega-successful company. In honor of that milestone, the couple have offered seven lessons they learned while in the trenches of growing a business. A little history… Based in London, We Make Websites brings the biggest and most hyped brands to Shopify exclusively. This includes trendy lifestyle brands like Finisterre, Skinnydip and Bluebella, as well as large direct-to-consumer companies like The Economist Group and Whitbread, and heritage brands like Penguin Books. E-commerce business.
Penguine Along with their team of 15, Piers and Alex spend the majority of their time replatforming and building stores for growth-stage brands. Many of these previously used clunky business solutions. “Our communication, reliability and professionalism are huge selling points. Brands also work with us because of our design pedigree,” explains Alex. “Our design team does an excellent job of meeting business goals while staying true to the brand. We have our strongest team and I couldn’t be more proud.” E-Commerce Business: Bluebella The company has a reputation for building lingerie stores, a surprisingly difficult e-commerce feat to get right due to the balance required between elegance and commerce.
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Alex, who is proud but humbled by his company’s achievements with cultural megabrands like the National Portrait Gallery, adds that he never expected his path to lead to panties. Ecommerce Business: Portrait Gallery “I made my first website when I was 11 years old, something really simple. I remember looking online then, and it was kind of a nerdy place that was interesting if you were into programming or science, but it wasn’t like now,” Alex reflects. “Now it’s where culture happens, it’s the stage for politics to play out, it’s where millions follow megacelebrities, it’s where most of our time and attention goes. It’s where life happens, I guess. Thinking back to those earlier years.