Goran Duskic and Edi Budimilic, two young Croats from the port City of Rijeka in Croatia, are on the verge of breaking into Silicon Valley where they will be in the company of the world’s biggest players in the IT industry. The pair are the founders of WhoAPI, a service that provides detailed information about internet domains.
At the recent Geeks on a Plane in Zagreb conference, US prominent Startup accelerator “500 Startups” founder Dave McClure invested 50,000 USD in the Croatian pairs business. WhoAPI, with just a few clicks can provided detailed information for millions of domains on the internet such as domain registration availability and structured whois data in XML & JSON.
The cash injection will enable Duskic and Budimilic to be based in Silicon Valley for 3 months, where they will have access to a wide network of “500 Startups” mentors. The value of WhoAPI has been estimated at around 1 million USD, and after three months in the United States, if all goes according to plan, WhoAPI could be worth an estimated 3 million USD with the potentially to be even worth a lot more.
“In the last few days things have gone extremely fast. It is all chaos. We head to the U.S next week at the latest, as soon as we get a U.S. visa. We are off to San Francisco and we will open a company in Silicon Valley, Duski and Budimilic told daily newspaper Novi List.