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The beginning of May is always a busy time around SUMO Heavy headquarters. There’s birthdays, anniversaries, plus proms and graduations – and let’s not forget Mothers Day.

With all that going on, another milestone always seems to fall through the cracks.

May 13 is the anniversary of the founding of SUMO Heavy. The company that we started in a little apartment on Pine Street in Center City Philadelphia is now nine years old.

I’ve just turned 40 and feel like I’m entering a new stage of life (approaching middle age, for one). I also feel the company is entering a new stage.

We’ve moved around a lot these past nine years – from a tiny coffee shop to the apartment, to a Philly office, and then the big move to New York where we occupied many coworking spaces across the five boroughs.

Humble beginnings at the Pine Street apartment, the first SUMO Heavy HQ.

Now we’ve come home. Back to where it all started, back in Philadelphia. In fact, the new office space is only a few blocks from where the company started.

Over the years we’ve figured out what we love to do (and what we don’t love to do). The industry has changed, and so has our client base. We’ve moved away from doing straight web design to more of a consulting role, helping clients with internal teams become more efficient in technology and everyday business.

The new digs at our office in Old City, Philadelphia.

We’ve also recently relaunched our website. During that process, I looked back at some of the old versions of our sites and found a list of our core principles:

  • Treat everyone in the company as family
  • Create outstanding projects
  • Work on things we love
  • Keep it lean and mean (run a small shop that creates SUMO-sized results).

Those principles are as true today as they were nine years ago.

We want to thank all of our clients and partners and sticking with us over the years. More importantly, I want to thank the whole team here at SUMO Heavy. Without them, we would be the company we are today.