what, why, how, who

Hi there, let us tell a bit about! makes publication, communication, and collaboration with open source tools like Ghost, Discourse and Hackpad easy, safe and secure.

We do the hard work of installing, hosting and updating, so you can concentrate on what's important to you. is dedicated to help you make better decisions, work more efficiently and get heard by providing the best open source tools with the ease of a mouse click.

And why do we do this?

As one of the I have always been a fan of the idea of open source and its products. But I didn't have the technical skills needed to get started with them. So that's why I came up with the idea to take away the barriers for people like myself. But there's another reason why I wanted to start Stek. Too often apps I used stopped because of an acquihire or because the startup ran out of money. With open source tools you don't have that risk. They don't go away. So yes, Stek has a personal starting point.

Who are Stek?

Erwin Blom is a journalist, media specialist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of online experience. As a head of new media of Dutch public broadcasting organisation VPRO, he was responsible for making content management system MMBase open source in 2000. That’s where his love for open source started. But that’s where he learned as well that there’s a world to win in making open source tools available for the masses.

Dimi Balaouras is versatile and passionate full-stack Software Architect, with hands-on experience in all aspects of Software Development. He maintains a genuine interest in all phases of the software lifecycle, including Research, Software Architecture, Project Management, Security Design, Development and DevOps. Above all, he loves working with Dev Teams and experimenting with new Open Source Software Tools.

Mark Pors is a tech veteran with an eye for the bigger picture. Startup founder since 1999. Experience in technology, project and people management and online business (marketing, product design, customer acquisition, public relations, etcetera). Co-founder and CTO of WatchMouse (acquired by CA Technologies in 2011). Open source contributor for the Reactionic framework.

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Erwin Blom

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