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), acquiring the shared hosting services of Black Cat Networks (2007), out-of-London colocation and hosting (2008), the acquisition of the hosting provider Bluelinux (2010), a presence in a third London data centre (2012), support for IPv6-only hosting (2014), introducing hosting on Raspberry Pis (2016), one-click SSL provisioning (2016), and acquiring the hosting and virtual server provider Retrosnub (2017).
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. Over 95% of the voting shares remain with the original founders.