Kooc Media is a web company which specialises in building online communities, web applications and WordPress themes / plugins. It was founded in 2006 by Oliver Dale, a web designer turned entrepreneur with 15 years online expererience and 8 of professional web development.
Kooc is not a geographically based company – we work with a number of designers, developers and bloggers around the globe, with employees in the UK, U.S.A, China and Lithuania. We are always looking for talented people to join the team, if you would like to work with us, please get in touch.
What does Kooc mean and how is it pronounced? Simply, it’s “Cook” in reverse and pronounced the same.
About Oliver Dale
I first came across the internet around 1996 and began learning web design by building and running my own websites, I earned money through affiliate programs and display advertising. When the .com bubble burst around 2000 I took a break from the internet for around a year but then came back determined to make a career online.
On my return I started work for a gaming ISP running their portal and online gaming servers while taking on freelance clients. It was at this time (2003) that I founded DesignersTalk.com to communicate with other designers and share knowledge with them. DesignersTalk has gone on to be one of the largest web design forums on the internet with over 700k posts and 150k+ members.
I went on to work for a multi-discipline design agency and worked with some large international clients such as Siemens, Bacardi, Microsoft, Tesco, Slazenger and Camelot. I enjoyed my time there, learned a lot and made some great friends.
In 2004 I began my interest in open source software & founded a forum hosting company based on phpBB and grew it to one of the largest in the world, hosting over 250,000 forums on multiple servers and pushing millions of page views per month. It was acquired in 2005 by a Swedish Tech company.
In around 2005 I started working with WordPress when I founded a blog about web design, I grew this blog to over half a million unique visitors per month and millions of page views, it was acquired in 2008 by another online media company.
My next company was a virtual world, using phpBB to power the forums and lots of custom coding on top. It was monetized using micro payments for virtual currency – something now very popular with the likes of Zynga and Facebook. At one time the forum was the fastest growing on the internet according to stats at big-boards.com with 10million+ page views per month and over 7 million forum posts when I sold to a specialist gaming company.
Since then I have gone back to open source software & am focusing on WordPress, I have several plugins on the market and a blog about WordPress; WPLift.com. There are several more plugins and themes currently in development so this is shaping up to be an interesting year.
I think that covers everything…
If you would like to know anything else or would like to collaborate on a project, please get in touch.
I’m always happy to provide interviews, here are couple I have done in the past.