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 it began offering shell accounts on a shared host as a hobby project. This grew over many years introducing colocation (2003), virtual dedicated servers (2004), dedicated servers (2005), acquisition of the shared hosting services of Black Cat Networks (2007), out-of-London colocation and hosting (2008) and the acquisition of the shared hosting, colocation and virtual dedicated server provider Bluelinux (2010).
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 four different data centres. Mythic Beasts has recorded a net operating profit in every financial year but one since it began operating, has no debt and has never taken external investment. 100% of the voting shares remain with the original founders.