On a chilly fall day in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1999, three guys sat around a table signing papers to officially incorporate Architekton Internet Services, LLC. (They soon realized that Architekton was too hard for the average person to spell—let alone pronounce—and rebranded as Agathon Group.)
Today, Agathon is still run by three partners. But one of the originals has moved on, and Joel has since joined the team. And now the partners are spread out across the United States, including Grand Rapids, Flagstaff, and Honolulu.
The name has also been through several iterations, and today we simply go by Agathon. The partners look a little different too; gone are the days of dreadlocks, with distinguished gray streaks taking their place.
But our guiding principle remains the same. We like to refer to this as “Agathon Good.” And it leads us to ask questions such as: Are we doing our best work? Are we serving our clients well? Are we being transparent and honest with them? The standard itself is subjective, but this principle guides us as we make everyday decisions.
2020 and beyond
In 2020, Alan continues to lead the company as the CEO. After completing the engineering of and transition to the next-gen hosting infrastructure, Peter has moved from his role as Chief Technology Officer into a new role as Chief Growth Officer. And Joel has stepped up as the Director of Hosting.
Today, Agathon is another year older, and we now have team members spread across almost every North American time zone. We weren’t able to meet in person this fall for our annual coworking retreat, but 2020 has been a year of maturing for us. We’ve been hard at work developing and documenting processes, looking for ways to better serve our clients, and looking toward the future.
In the coming year, we’ll continue on that path, looking for ways to serve our clients in a changing and uncertain world!
P.S. Want to learn more about the genesis of Agathon? Last year we put together a timeline to celebrate 20 years in business.