March 25, 2014
GUELPH, ON — A new company is setting up shop in Victoria & Guelph to create website tools for web entrepreneurs. YikeSoftware Inc. is a partnership between Jeff Ward, founder of Animikii Inc. and creator of the YikeSite web builder, and Arni Mikelsons founder of Northern Village, a Guelph-based web company.
Jeff Ward and Animikii Inc. launched YikeSite in 2007 as a simple way of creating small static websites. It has since been expanded to allow web entrepreneurs to brand YikeSite as their own, allow their customers to easily update their websites, and make recurring income.
Arni Mikelsons established Northern Village in 2002 to provide website services to a full range of companies and organizations. In 2008, Northern Village started reselling the YikeSite service as VillageCMS.com and went onto develop a successful web business that serves charities, businesses and universities.
YikeSoftware Inc. has been established to focus on providing simple online software solutions to solo entrepreneurs who build websites, and for web entrepreneurs and companies that manage multiple websites with one interface. YikeSite, the core product of YikeSoftware Inc., is a content management system (CMS) that powers hundreds of websites.
By combining forces, YikeSoftware Inc. will be leveraging Jeff and Arni’s strengths to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who will benefit from a simple, integrated website management system that can be branded to their individual needs.
"Through this partnership we are creating a company that uniquely supports web entrepreneurs and helps them grow a successful web business,” says CEO Arni Mikelsons. "We will provide the tools for better website management, and add complimentary services to enhance our product offering.”
YikeSoftware Inc. chose Guelph as its headquarters because of its thriving tech community that is known for its emerging technologies.
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