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Type: Privately Held
Industry: Internet Performance Solutions
Founded: USA, 1998
Headquarters: Manchester, New Hampshire
Country: USA
Employees: 250-300
Blog: Blog
Facebook: Dyn
LinkedIn: Dyn
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@Dyn
Key People
Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO

Graham Chynoweth, COO
Timothy O’Toole, CFO
Kyle York, CRO
Cory von Wallenstein, Chief Technologist
Matt Larson, Chief Architect
Scott Hilton, EVP, Product

Dyn (pronounced “dine”) is an Internet performance solutions company that provides traffic management, message management, and performance assurance to commercial and private users worldwide with major customers including Twitter, Netflix, Pandora, Zappos, CNBC, Etsy, Box, and StumbleUpon. Dyn’s corporate headquarters are located in Manchester, NH, USA, with offices in Brighton, UK, and San Francisco, CA, USA.

In June, 2009, it became the first managed DNS provider to offer its Dynect Platform clients DNSSEC.[1]


Dyn began in 1998 as a free service running out of a college apartment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It was called DynDNS and offered users a DNS service capable of hosting a website from a home computer. As the business continued to grow, it shifted from a free model to a donation-based model, which enabled them to make $40,000 in weeks, from users around the world.[2] From there they became a recurring revenue SaaS company, until they realized, in 2005, that many prominent corporations were using their exclusive suite of software. Thus, they further catered their services to the corporate market, reassessed their financial requirements, and began to offer more unique options for DNS solutions.[3]

They began outsourcing to the market in 2007. In 2010, the company purchased three companies -– SendLabs,[4] EveryDNS,[5] and EditDNS.[6]


Dyn offers a whole host of services that enable users and businesses to resolve their concerns to ensure that their online presence remains responsive and online. Through traffic management, Dyn's managed DNS services will handle one's web infrastructure and ensure that a website remains responsive and up and running regardless of how many visits it receives. Through message management, it doesn't matter if a sender is sending millions of promotional emails or an anticipated transaction receipt, Dyn will quickly get those important emails to the inbox they deserve. Through performance assurance, monitoring a website's traffic and receiving responsive alerts on anomalies with comprehensive query logs will help anyone get to the root of an issue should one ever arise. Regardless of your online business needs Dyn aims to solve those problems and offer simple solutions so you can focus on what's really important.

$38 million Minority Investment

In October 2012, it was announced that Dyn had received a $38 million Series A minority investment from North Bridge. The investment deal also expanded the Board of Directors for the company, adding 3 more positions, two from North Bridge; the board was originally staffed by only Dyn's two founders.[7] The Board now includes: Jeremy Hitchcock, Michael Boustridge, Jason Calacanis, Scott Dussault, Ric Fulop, John Lynch, and Russ Pyle.

ReadyStatus Acquisition

On December 23, 2013, Dyn announced it had acquired ReadyStatus, a tool that notifies customers of planned and unplanned service interruptions, thereby creating improved communication between end users and companies. The company has many plans for this new service, one of which includes integrating ReadyStatus with Dyn Managed DNS advanced feature Traffic Director, so if a company’s site goes down, their homepage can automatically failover to a status update page and end users won’t be left in the dark. Dyn customers should expect general availability and complete integration into the future product suite in the next year.[8]

Trendslide Acquisition

On May 13, 2013, Dyn announced it had acquired Trendslide, a mobile dashboard app startup. The acquisition expands Dyn’s services to now include mobile data and analytics offerings for online businesses. While this mobile app was traditionally intended to be a sales/marketing tool, Dyn will now position it as a DevOps tool for its customers. This move, combined with the acquisition of Verelo in late 2012 and the hiring of Pete Cheslock as Dyn Director of Dev Tools and the promotion of Carl Levine to DevOps Evangelist, is proof that Dyn is committed to being an important voice and part of the DevOps community.[9]

Verelo Acquisition

On January 2 2013, Dyn announced that it had acquired Verelo, a Toronto-based website monitoring start-up. Just a few weeks prior, Verelo announced to the public that it would be closing down six months after its launch as it did not have the resources to gain traction and take the company to the next level. Dyn subsequently approached the company and made an undisclosed offer that provided for a return to Verelo's initial investors. The company offers website uptime and performance analytics as well as malware detection and site health monitoring services, and given that Dyn's mantra is "Uptime is the Bottom Line", the acquisition will be used to offer a number of new services to its customers at no extra charge.[10]


Dyn maintains associations with the following organizations -

Awards and Recognition

  • Named as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States on January 14, 2014.[17]
  • In November 2013, Dyn was listed as #210 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 List.[18]
  • Listed as #1135 on the famed Inc. 5000 list in 2013, Dyn's third consecutive year in making it on the list.[19]
  • Recognized by WorldBlu as one of the Most Democratic Places Workplaces of 2013.[20]