Chicago Tech Startup: StageBloc

May 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

StageBloc is a central publishing platform that lets you create custom sites and manage your entire digital presence from a single service using web and mobile apps. CEO and Co-Founder of StageBloc, Tom Giles, recently answered our questions about how StageBloc works.

TINC: StageBloc describes the websites you offer as “customizable.” How much control can a user have over the design and user experience of their site?

Tom Giles: Our goal is to make it as easy and flexible as possible for StageBloc users to customize the look and feel of their site. Selecting a pre-made theme is the easiest solution for most. Since we provide open theming with full HTML, CSS, and JS access, users can customize existing themes or create and sell their own. This, along with our extensive API and open source development tools, provide for complete control over the design and UX of a StageBloc site.

TINC: What kind of customer support is offered for StageBloc users?

TG: We provide email and phone support for all users. Often this includes screen sharing on Skype. It’s our goal to make sure all our users are happy and well taken care of. Our extensive Developer Forum and network of third party partners (who work with users on customs projects) provide even more opportunities for support.

TINC: What demos or screenshot galleries are available for users to see what they are buying or able to develop with StageBloc?

TG: It’s completely free to sign up for StageBloc. The best way to get a feel for the product is to simply start using it. Account plan upgrades unlock additional features, which we demo in a variety of places.

TINC: Can users integrate an existing website or blog into their StageBloc platform?

TG: To help users get setup on StageBloc we let them import content from a variety of services. Though the list is always growing, it currently includes support for Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Posterous, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

TINC: How many people are currently using StageBloc?

TG: Though still in Private Beta, over a couple thousand people are using StageBloc.

TINC: Are StageBloc users individuals, or businesses?

TG: There’s a good mix of users on StageBloc that ranges from individuals to groups, larger brands, and businesses.

The following information about StageBloc comes from the Chicago Startup Catalog:

Funding Level:  Pre-A Series (no external funding)
Industry Type: Social Media
Employment Size: 1-10
Founders: Tom Giles (CEO) with co-founders Josh Holat, Greg Ipp, and JD Hartley
Founding Date: Aug 24, 2011

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