From Open Source pioneer to market leader

In its more than fifteen-year company history, AOE has not only established itself as a solid and innovative service- and solution provider, it has also developed into one of the leading names in the Open Source sector. This is underpinned by its impressive customer portfolio as well as numerous certifications and awards that AOE has already received.


AOE was originally founded in Germany in 1999 by Kian T. Gould . The company, known then as “AOE Design” was initially positioned as an Internet agency with the services web- and graphic design, web consulting and hosting. Kian Gould recognized the potential of Open Source solutions early on – especially that of the Content Management System TYPO3. In 2002 his company was among the first to use TYPO3 for large-scale customer solutions.

In 2004 “AOE Design” is renamed to “AOE media”, to prepare the company for a realignment as a developer of complex web projects. In 2008 AOE media – after a nine-year company history – achieves the position of global market leading TYPO3 integrator. Since 2007 the portfolio also includes, in addition to CMS, Open Source E-Commerce applications, Web Portals and Enterprise Search.

In 2013 "AOE media" removes the media and rebrands once again to just "AOE". Today, with 8 branch offices worldwide, including offices in the USA and Switzerland, and operating as "AOE", 250+ developers and consultants assist global companies and corporations in developing complex Open Source solutions.

The Corporate History of AOE at a Glance

YearImportant milestones in the Company's history
1999

Kian T. Gould registers AOE Design as a sole proprietary company in Tönisvorst, Germany.

2002

AOE Design is one of the first service providers to implement
TYPO3 as a Content Management System for large-scale customers.

2004

Kian T. Gould changes the company's name to "AOE media", as the
implementation of complex, multimedia website is increasingly becoming the
focus of business activities.

2006Kian T. Gould changes the individual Enterprise AOE media into a GmbH (limited liability company).
2007AOE media extends its portfolio to include Web Portals and E‑Commerce solutions.
2008AOE media becomes the leading TYPO3 integrator in the world.
2010AOE media opens its first branch office in the United States.
San Francisco is now the home base of AOE media Inc.
2011AOE media launches its Enterprise Search product Searchperience
2012AOE media opens its first Swiss office in Zurich.
2013Global rebranding of the company from AOE media to AOE.
2014The company relocates to its new state-of-the-art offices in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany.
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