Ashampoo is one of the leading Internet-based companies worldwide in the field of software development, sales and web portal sites. Ashampoo’s innovative software products set technological standards right from the start and are known for their advanced, mature technology and usability.
Ashampoo founder Rolf Hichner had a clear vision when he created the Oldenburg-based company in 1999. His goal was to develop meaningful, easy-to-use software for both private and commercial use that required no lengthy studying of manuals. This led to the creation of a vast portfolio of Windows applications in the previous decade that rank among the top in their fields. In 2012, together with his CFO since 2004, Heinz-Wilhelm Bogena, Hilchner retired from business operations to found the board of directors and to focus on other projects such as the pilot portal Airshampoo and H&B Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG, a property agency. With Sebastian Schhwarz as new CEO and Jens Klibingat as new CFO, the torch was handed over to a new generation of entrepreneurs.
With more than 55 in-house and external workers, predominantly at the Oldenburg location, company develop high-quality software, to provide a viable alternative to boxed retail software with free email support and to prepare for the market needs of tomorrow.
Ashampoo‘s steady rise in success is reflected by the following key figures: 4.6 million registered users in 2006, 6.1 million registered users by the end of 2007, 8 million registered users by the end of 2008 and around 9.5 million registered users in 2009 with more than 90 million program installations. Currently, more than 18 million users have installed Ashampoo software around 170 million times (measured in June 2013).
As if this wasn‘t enough, Ashampoo also expands beyond the software business. Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG runs several internet portals that line up like pearls on a string to go beyond traditional B2C software distribution towards B2B solutions and services.