Proxibid – a Homegrown eCommerce Company with Global Reach
Proxibid’s Founders: Andrew Liakos, Ken Maxwell and Joe Petsick
Proxibid is creating exciting new products and services that change the way people buy and sell online. Founded in July 2001 to provide auction companies with the ability to sell to bidders through an online portal, Proxibid’s formative years were spent at the Scott Technology Center Incubator on the campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Over the last 15 years, the company has evolved from a conduit for auction companies to the world’s most trusted way to connect buyers and sellers of highly valued items. Proxibid has worked with more than 4,000 unique auctioneers, asset owners and consignors with buyers from 190 countries to provide a safe way to transact. More than 15 categories of inventory pass through our Marketplace via 4 different ways to buy and sell.
Although we have global reach, Omaha will always be our home. We’re proud of our Nebraska heritage and we are dedicated to support technological development and job creation in the region. Proxibid’s headquarters in Omaha feature an open floor plan, a wealth of natural light, original artwork from some of our city’s up-and- coming artists, flexible work spaces, and a fully-stocked kitchen with all the comforts of home. Our culture of stand-up meetings, a weekly happy hour, and the occasional BBQ on our patio ensures our team is happy at work every day.
From entry-level to the most experienced developers, everyone on the software development team works to directly improve the code, the site, and ultimately, improve Proxibid’s position in the technology space. Lots of companies talk about their cool cultures, flat org charts, open environments and relaxed workspaces, but Proxibid is the real deal. Single level seating where executives are available, not behind office doors, helps maintain a culture of open communication among all levels of the company and among all departments.
We’ve been a part of some amazing moments. From a technology standpoint, one of our most exciting moments in the development of our platform was in 2011, when Proxibid rolled out the largest code release in the company’s history. Internally, the project was dubbed “Superman.” With a newly designed website, we added additional category landing pages, more efficient fraud prevention measures, a streamlined registration and bidding processes, and tools to make it easier for users to browse for and find events. Many of the major improvements are still integral to Proxibid’s site today.
Proxibid is on the verge of another major change to the platform. Our focus in the upcoming months will be to re-architect the site, using state of the art Java open source technology. As a part of the new buyer foundation initiative, the back-end system will receive a major overhaul with additional changes to the user experience and site design to keep our system ready for whatever the future may hold.
Through this initiative, we are excited to bring more modern technology to the Nebraska tech ecosystem and provide opportunities for developers to work on an exciting project that will integrate with some of the biggest names in the business. As Proxibid’s position in the market expands, we have formed several partnerships with ecommerce leaders like eBay, providing team members the opportunity to work with counterparts and leadership at various organizations.
We’re proud sponsors of the Technology Association of Nebraska. When organizations like TAN cultivate an environment where tech companies and talent can thrive, we all win.