netzkern turns 20

06. May 2021 |

Wuppertal-based digital agency celebrates its 20th anniversary.

When netzkern started designing digital solutions for companies 20 years ago, websites and e-mail were still exotic. An encyclopaedia was still sitting on the shelf as Wikipedia was just starting out. And mobile phones were mostly made by Nokia or Ericsson and used (only) for making phone calls. Since then, websites, mobile apps, webshops, and business portals have become the most important interfaces between companies and their customers - and netzkern has significantly advanced the digitalisation of many companies. Today, the digital experience plays a significant role in determining whether a business is perceived positively and whether it is successful.

The course is set for further years of success

In March, netzkern AG joined forces with the leading Dutch digital agency Macaw. The common goal is to become one of the strongest digital agencies in Germany and Europe. The two netzkern founders will continue to actively promote the activities of "netzkern - part of Macaw".

However, the big joint anniversary party will have to wait a little longer. The celebration was held nonetheless: all employees received a creative birthday package with cake, champagne, etc. to take home. Together they looked back on highlights and anecdotes and toasted to the success from the home office.

"While our jobs were initially just the design and development of websites in HTML and Flash, today we design, develop, and implement complex business processes, individual web-based software, corporate websites, intranet portals, and e-business and e-commerce systems. As part of Macaw, we are already one of the largest and most experienced Microsoft and Sitecore partners in the DACH region. We are truly looking forward to the next 20 years with our outstanding netzkern team", explain Dr. Daniel Schulten and Thomas Golatta, founders and board members of netzkern.

netzkern - part of macaw is a partner of large and medium-sized companies in the further development of their digital transformation. The digital specialists work very closely with leading software manufacturers and are, among others, a Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner, Sitecore Content Hub Specialised Partner, Sitecore Commerce Specialised Partner, Kentico Xperience Gold Partner, Kentico Managed Cloud Hosting Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner Application Development and Microsoft Gold Partner Cloud Solution Provider.

20 years of netzkern: Milestones of the digital pioneer

1997

Thomas Golatta and Daniel Schulten found web4all. The digital agency is one of the first in NRW and implements websites, online advertising, online competitions, etc. for companies in the region (Tele2 Group, Schäfer dancing schools, etc.).

2001

Thomas Golatta and Daniel Schulten turn the "net" into the "core" of a newly founded GmbH: netzkern GmbH (net-core) is established.

2005

netzkern becomes one of the first partners of the up-and-coming software manufacturer Sitecore. The foundation stone of a great partnership success story.

2008

netzkern is Germany's fastest growing new media agency (newmediaranking.de) and is named "Technology Fast 50 Germany" by Deloitte.

2009

Development of the first personalised websites

2010

Development of the first e-commerce offers for large companies

2011

netzkern increasingly wins major international clients such as Bayer, uponor and MontBlanc.

2012

Expansion but sustainable! The new factory loft is completely renovated and converted in accordance with the latest energy standards; employees are the first in NRW to use an electric vehicle. For the first time a service provider is awarded the renowned Wuppertal Business Award: netzkern becomes "Company of the Year".

2015

netzkern rises steadily in the top 100 of German internet agencies, establishes its Hamburg office and wins other top clients such as DA Direkt, Covestro, Vorwerk and the hip London shoe manufacturer Dune London.

2016

Important new customers such as Vonovia, Festool, Düsseldorf Airport and Barmenia. netzkern now employs 75 in-demand specialists in Wuppertal, wins awards and offers customers one of the most powerful data centres.

2017

With a lot of new business, netzkern jumps into the top 50 of the largest digital agencies in Germany. Cooperation with Microsoft is intensified (Gold Partner). Development of the web shop for the Wuppertal delicatessen brand Ghorban. Together with the Wuppertaler Bühnen and the University of Vienna, netzkern implements a unique project that brings young people to opera in a digitally-connected way: ShareYourOpera. netzkern is one of the first agencies in Germany to introduce company bicycles.

2018

According to a joint study by Focus Business and kununnu, netzkern is one of the best employers in Germany. Winning further design and experience awards for the innovative athlete rating APP QUIPE and the VONOVIA customer portal.
netzkern works with Cognigy's leading voice and chatbot technology for the first time.

2019

netzkern starts 2019 with five new customers (e.g. TÜV) and a completely agile organisation and implements the new RWE.de. By now, four DAX 30 corporations are among the regular clients. Award win for the Festool portal solution.

2020

netzkern wins further new clients (e.g., Aktion Mensch), is awarded the German Design Award 2021 and once more awarded as "Top Employer in Medium-Sized Businesses", relaunches numerous digital projects such as DUS.com, develops a mobile solution for the "Wuppertaler Schwebebahnlauf" and much more.

2021

netzkern becomes part of Macaw: After 20 successful years, Wuppertal's largest digital agency joins forces with the leading Dutch digital agency Macaw. The common goal is to become one of the strongest providers in Germany and Europe. The two netzkern founders will continue to actively promote the activities of "netzkern - part of Macaw".

About netzkern - part of Macaw

netzkern is a partner of large and medium-sized companies in the further development of their digital transformation. The 100 passionate digital experts deliver unique digital experience & e-commerce solutions with technical and creative excellence - always implemented with agile methods and with full focus on end customer success. Large companies such as Bayer, Covestro, RWE, Vonovia, EWE, Düsseldorf Airport, Festool and HEM as well as numerous SMEs such as Aktion Mensch, Hermes Sweeteners, Gedore and Crem Solutions are mostly long-time fans of netzkern's work .

netzkern has locations in Wuppertal and Hamburg and works very closely with leading software manufacturers : Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner, Kentico Xperience Gold Partner, Episerver Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner Application Development, Microsoft Gold Partner Cloud Solution Provider, Kontent Qualified Partner, Cognigy AI Partner, Google Partner and member of the German UPA.

Further information: www.netzkern.de

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