SingleHop LLC. is an IT hosting company and services provider based out of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The company has data centers in Chicago, Arizona, and the Netherlands. SingleHop provides bare metal dedicated servers, public and private clouds, as well as managed services to more than 4,000 clients in 114 countries. Inc. Magazine named SingleHop the 25th fastest-growing U.S. company in 2011. In 2012, the company raised $27.5 million in venture funding from Battery Ventures. In 2003, Zak Boca and Dan Ushman founded the shared hosting platform midPhase. As midPhase became more successful, both Zak and Dan noticed their customers wanted to grow past the limitations found with shared web hosting. To avoid the limitations found in shared hosting, many customers began to make the move to dedicated server hosting. Unfortunately for Zak and Dan, midPhase did not provide dedicated hosting, nor could the brand expand to include dedicated server hosting. Therefore, in 2006, SingleHop was started as means to give midPhase’s current customers a chance to expand into dedicated servers without moving to a completely new service provider. A year later, midPhase was sold to UK2 Group, and both Zak and Dan focused on building up SingleHop.