Portland, TX, June 29, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Nicholas Longo, the Founder of CoffeeCup Software has retired after 11 years of being the creative force and CEO behind CoffeeCup Web design software.
He wishes the software and Shareware world a fond goodbye as he refocuses his energy on his family, independent film and book projects.
"The millions of people that used CoffeeCup software were always the most important thing to me. I will surely miss them the most." said Nick
"I also wish the current CoffeeCup team a wonderful long working life and I hope they get everything they deserve from it." added Mr. Longo
Nicholas Longo can be reached at email@example.com or http://www.havegun.com/
CoffeeCup Software was started in a coffee house called "The Raven & The Sparrow" which was owned by the company's founder, Nicholas Longo. The coffee house offered free Internet access to the public. This was the only location in Corpus Christi, Texas offering free Internet access at the time, and only one of a dozen or so world-wide offering Internet access in 1994.
Longo bought the domain www.coffeecup.com, and designed a website for his coffee house. He soon received requests from other business owners who wanted help designing their own sites. Longo started by designing those sites using Notepad. After designing an entire website in this manner, he felt there was an opportunity to create a program to make designing websites easier. Longo got together with a regular customer of his coffee shop who was a programmer and they sat down and created the first version of the HTML Editor.
Since the coffee house already had the www.coffeecup.com domain name (domains cost about $100USD annually in the mid-1990's), the fledgling software company was named CoffeeCup Software and the first program was named CoffeeCup HTML Editor. Longo posted the program on his website and people immediately started to download and use the program. Eventually, CoffeeCup began charging $20USD for the program. It was at that time, in 1996, that the decision was made by Longo to put away the espresso machines and devote full-time attention to developing software.
In their first decade, the company's software has aided in the development of perhaps millions of websites around the globe. There have been close to 30-million downloads in nearly 90 countries.
CoffeeCup's mantra is "Fresh Software, Warm People", and the company is dedicated to assisting in community and worldwide relief efforts. Other charitable contributions include collecting 7 tons of goods for Hurricane Katrina relief raising over $1 million dollars for September 11th support and aid agencies and $50,000 for victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami
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