Interland Inc. is closing its Trellix subsidiary
in Concord, 15 months after acquiring it for $12.2 million.
Trellix Corp. was founded in 1995 by local software legend Daniel Bricklin, who
with Bob Frankston created VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet program.
Bricklin left the company last month. He could not be reached immediately, but
discussed the closure on his web log.
“This was a sad surprise to me,” Bricklin wrote. “Pretty much the
entire development team was let go. … It is sad to see a close-knit team of
such skilled people broken apart.”
When it was bought by Interland, Trellix employed about 40 people, about 5
percent of Interland’s employee base. A skeleton crew remains to close down the
Trellix’s software enabled small businesses to create web sites easily by
converting files from Microsoft Word and other programs directly into hypertext
markup language. The program automatically linked pages, provided sample content
and included features common in e-commerce sites.
Like Andover-based Navisite Inc., Atlanta-based Interland runs web sites for
corporations from a network of servers. While Navisite does so for sophisticated
businesses, Interland does so for companies typically with less than 20
Interland looked to Trellix to allow it to convert small companies lacking a web
presence into paying customers, swiftly building web sites and then reaping
recurring cash flow by hosting them.
Interland issued a press release March 11 stating that the company decided to
abandon direct sales in favor of indirect channels that rely on other companies
to sell its products for it. While the company stated that it expected job cuts,
it did not mention specifically shuttering Trellix.
Trellix was one of eight acquisitions made by Interland between 2001 and 2003, a
string that included the purchase of small-business web-hosting accounts of
AT&T Corp. Trellix was the only software company it acquired.
Don Bulens, senior vice president of mainstream marketing at Interland,
confirmed that the unit is closing its doors. Bulens was formerly president and
chief executive officer of Trellix.
He declined to comment further, referring inquiries to Interland headquarters in
Atlanta, which did not immediately return a call for comment.
Interland sales dipped slightly to $26.7 million in the quarter that ended Nov.
30, but the company sliced its quarterly loss 41 percent to $8.6 million.
Bricklin indicated he would continue to consult for Interland and would return
to programming full time under his Software Garden brand, which he started in
1985 and which currently sells a few older software programs authored by