What is Kong?
KONG empowers anyone to sell online, for free! It’s the only SaaS eCommerce platform that allows you to launch and run a truly professional online store, with no restrictions, subscription or transaction fees, ever. That means no limits on products, storage or bandwidth, stores can use their own domain and successfully run their online business without any hidden costs.
Store owners can select to use a variety of payment gateways including KongPay, PayPal, SagePay and Authorize.Net so they can take payments from their customers, securely.
We make this freemium model possible by selling additional services like payment processing and shipping, and advanced themes, powerups and apps for when an eCommerce business grows to need them.
Since launching our freemium service in August 2015, over 4,000 businesses, from over 100 countries have signed up for a KONG store. Our vision is to be the UK’s and then the world’s go to tool for creating and growing an online store.
How is Kong free?
Kong will be selling more advanced feature power-ups, apps and themes for Kong store owners for when their business grows to need them. The core eCommerce functionality a business needs will always be free though.
How many businesses are on Kong?
As of the end of February 2016, over 4,200 businesses have signed up to Kong, from over 100 countries! And many more register every day.
How is Kong funded?
Kong has been seed funded by the innovative, technology-driven, eCommerce parcel broker Parcel Monkey.
Who's behind Kong?
Kong has been developed by the team from a former award winning digital agency, that specialised in building Software as a Service platforms, and respected developer Neil Crookes, who is Technical Director at the start up.
Julian has over twenty years working in the creative industries, having founded and run several companies before finding his spiritual home at Kong.
Intuitive, tenacious and upbeat, Julian is a true creative thinker and has a natural talent for seeing the strategic and commercial opportunities in any scenario putting him in a unique position to help businesses succeed.
As Managing Director and lead Creative at Kong, Julian is most proud of the incredible, entrepreneurial team he works with and the amazing product they’re building.
Neil is an experienced and respected software engineer, having lead the development of many large scale web applications in the education, entertainment and travel industries.
He has also made significant contributions to open source software projects and spoken at several international conferences on software related topics.
During and since obtaining as Master degree from the University of Southampton's world renowned Computer Science department, Neil has developed strong business, strategy and leadership skills. This, coupled with his expert software engineering skills and 8 years experience at a top global digital marketing agency means Neil is perfect to help steer and drive Kong on it's way to a hugely successful, global, eCommerce platform