I recently attended the web design summit at San Francisco’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SMMMA), where I met the team behind one of the hottest web design startups around.
I learned that the founders, Scott and Michelle Davenport, are the kind of designers that most companies wouldn’t want to work for: they’re passionate about their work, but they also love making money.
In fact, the Davenports are currently selling their site design company, www.design.com, for $3.3 million, making them the largest online marketplace for design, with a staff of over 200.
Scott Davenort has always been interested in the world of design, and his work has often been exhibited in galleries.
In 2014, his design firm Design-In-Depth made a splash with its site design for the upcoming Disney World Resort, but the company went out of business in 2014.
He also founded www.codingin.com in 2008, which is now owned by the same family that owns the popular coding site Hacker News.
The Davenorts have also made a name for themselves by creating a website for the film and TV industry, www, which offers a free and easy way for creatives to collaborate and share their work.
At the end of the summit, I spoke with Scott about how he and Michelle built their startup, why they started selling websites, and how to market your business.
[Update: This interview was originally published on August 31, 2018.]