The Strategist

Datto ‘Has Got Your Back’ With Its Instant Data Recovery System

05/04/2015 - 06:35

Austin McChord creates new land marks among the ‘information-recovery’ companies. His company, Datto, can restore any company’s system within minutes in case anything goes wrong with it even due to natural calamities. – 01 May 2015 – McChord, the C.E.O. of Datto, dealing “in the coma-inducing business of information recovery”, informs that his company is “far from Silicon Valley’s glitz–3,000 miles” in spite of the “tech swag”. The headquarter of Datto is situated in Norwalk, Conn. The company functions by providing “subscription service” which caters to any companies network immediately when faced with sudden technical problems.
The way WhatsApps and Snapchats attract “hundreds of millions of users”, Datto does that “with revenue” by tracking “daily sales figures down to the penny”. Since the year of 2010 till the end of 2014, in a thirty two fold “revenue-up”, McChord generated a revenue “just under $100 million” for his company wherein currently more than four hundred employees are busy supporting five million customers situated in different corners of the world – “including a handful in Greenland”.
The said success of Datto has caught the eyes of many established firms; in fact, McChord informed that a certain security-firm was offering $ 100 Million for Datto’s price. Nevertheless, in 2013 McChord managed to raise “$25 million” from company’s “General Catalyst Partners”, whereby the former C.E.O. of “Akamai”, Paul Sagan along with the former C.T.O. of “VMware”, Steve Herrod joined the board of Datto to turn it “into a billion-dollar business”. In McChord’s words:
“We can disrupt the biggest of the big–Symantec, HP, EMC. We’re esoteric and crazy, but that’s the goal.”
The C.E.O. of Datto paved his road to success by providing “bulletproof backup” to small business establishments like “engineering shops”, law-firms and “dentists’ offices” among others, which was the privilege of only big corporations”. Datto’s software and hardware system generates a “snapshot” of an IT system “every five minutes”. The said system is build in such a way that if a company has access to internet it can immediately get back to track in case of any system malfunction as the system data “sits on the customer’s premises and in the cloud”.
Moreover, Datto’s performance has proven itself by instantly retrieving medical records of Joplin’s local hospitals soon after the “massive tornade” of 2011 had struck the city. In another instance, after the “Hurricane Sandy”, Datto got back the computer system of Richmond Hill, a hedge fund firm of New York, with minutes. Sagan, a General Catalyst, says:
“Austin told small companies, ‘Just pay me a subscription, and I’ll take care of all the complexity’. He reached a market no one had talked to before.”
Tinkering has been a childhood habit of McChord who built “Rube Goldberg machines” in his middle school of Newtown, designed a video editing-software in high school and “repaired” television sets that he retrieved from underneath the ‘town-dump’. Austin McChord began in the “electrical engineering” line but eventually “switched to bioinformatics” for he found the former subject to be “too easy”.
McChord began his career by creating “his own data backup devices” whereby he “built a system” which synched data “between two computers”. His efforts began in the basement of his of his father’s “engineering firm” which culminated in raising “$3 million” revenue in 2010. Nevertheless, his first product, Aurora, fetched his many customer complains, therefore he devised a new product named “Siris” “which cut recovery time to six seconds”. Consequently, McChord sales’ figures saw a steep rise within a year’s time.
At this juncture, Datto received many “buyout offer(s)” which troubled McChord; although he didn’t give up on Datto, instead he bought over “Backupify” in last December. According to McChord:
“You don’t have to build a Snapchat to be a billionaire. Instead you go after a product, do it 30% better, 10% cheaper and build an incredibly valuable business.”