Mythic Beasts is a privately owned hosting ISP with a focus on providing services to technically capable customers. Started in 2000 by a group of Oxford and Cambridge University graduates who were dissatisfied customers of other shared hosting providers, we began offering shell accounts on a single shared host as a hobby project. This grew over many years as we introduced: dynamic DNS (2002), colocation (2003), virtual private servers (2004), dedicated servers (2005), server management (2006), IPv6-only hosting (2015), hosting on Raspberry Pis (2016), one-click SSL provisioning (2016), transit to third parties (2018), web and email hosting using Sympl (2019), and APIs for DNS management (2020), Raspberry Pis (2020), virtual servers (2021) and domain management (2021).
As we’ve grown from a single server to having facilities in six data centres in Europe and North America, we’ve taken on our first full rack in London (2004), a second London site (2005), out-of-London colocation and hosting in Cambridge (2008), a presence in a third London data centre (2012), racks in Amsterdam and California (2018), and moved our third London site to Shoreditch (2022).
During the same period we acquired the shared hosting services of Black Cat Networks (2007), hosting provider Bluelinux (2010), the hosting and virtual server provider Retrosnub (2017), and the virtual server providers BHost and VMHaus (2018). We continue to operate VMHaus as a wholly-owned subsidiary providing low-cost virtual servers.
Mythic Beasts has grown mostly by profit funded organic growth and selected acquisitions from its humble starting position of a single shared machine to its current footprint of many hundreds of servers across six data centres in three countries. We have recorded a net operating profit in every financial year other than the first, have no debt and have never taken external investment. Over 95% of the shares remain with the founders, with the rest being owned by current and former employees.