Namely was founded in 2012 to build an HR platform everyone would use everyday: technology as easy to use as social media, but powerful enough to meet the complex demands facing today’s HR professionals. Namely has raised over $107 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Bullpen Capital, and more.
Founded in 2011, DarwinApps provide dedicated teams of developers to marketing departments of startups, mid-sized corporations, and international Fortune-500 companies — building apps, websites, software, and everything in between. DarwinApps specializes in bringing clients elite, flexible engineering services by pairing top talent with world-class engineering management.
Namely started to grow fast, and that was a great problem to have. The marketing team’s needs quickly outgrew what Squarespace could provide. The team at Namely required a robust, secure, flexible solution engineering to the highest possible quality. The answer was in a CMS called Contentful and an engineering team called DarwinApps.
Namely initially approached DarwinApps to help them re-engineer their website, migrate their front-end from Squarespace to Contentful, and turn their designs into code. The project called for a freshening of the look of their site, and more urgently, a major CMS upgrade. After raising $107.8 million in funding since 2012 (and $75 million in the last 16 months alone), the team at Namely had simply outgrown their Squarespace platform. The solution was a faster and easier to use customized CMS, without the security vulnerabilities so often found in WordPress.
Deciding to pair the CMS migration with a full website design overhaul, Namely determined that a Contentful CMS engineered to fit their precise needs would be the ideal platform for their security, publishing, and asset management requirements.
DarwinApps immediately got to work with Namely’s team to understand exactly what they needed for their customized CMS solution. A demo page of the proposed CMS was presented to Namely within 7 days of starting work. From the start, while some DarwinApps engineers were hard at work on the customized CMS, other DarwinApps engineers were in close contact with Namely’s marketing team to code their new site designs.
Since launch, Namely's website has provided a platform with: absolute flexibility; centralized asset-management; greater speed; easier publishing via Contentful’s Content Delivery API; and, most importantly, a static website with zero susceptibility to any type of security vulnerability.
Following the website’s delivery on time and within scope, Namely retained DarwinApps’ managed services through a flexible engineering package. This provides Namely with a full engineering team to manage all development needs through weekly and monthly planning sessions.