Concrete CMS is an open source content management system that focuses on providing secure and robust frameworks that content teams  absolutely love. In this interview, Founder and CEO Franz Maruna portrays the company’s story and explains its benefits for collaborative, non-technical team work.

Please describe the story behind the company: What sparked the idea, and how has it evolved so far?

We started back in 2001 as a full-service interactive media shop that helped ad agencies, brands, and angel investors to build websites and online communities. We didn’t like the content management tools that were available at the time. We’d put lots of work into building a website, and when we handed it to the client, they wouldn’t know what to do with it, and were afraid to use the complicated tools to manage it. We wanted to make it easier for our customers by building websites that their team could use effectively without needing a developer.

We started building our content management system (CMS) which we then used for multiple projects. Particularly, we were building online communities for specific vertical markets. Of course, this was before Facebook had taken over the world.

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