Over the years, CoffeeCup Software won countless industry awards and in 2000 was ranked No. 400 on the Interactive 500. The Shareware Industry Awards Foundation named CoffeeCup’s products among the best web utilities in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004. CoffeeCup Software’s original HTML editor became the No. 1 downloaded HTML editing software in the world, and the company has had millions of users worldwide. CoffeeCup Software has allowed people all over the world to create their own, individual Internet presence just like Nick did in 1994 for his small coffeehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Nick’s creativity with CoffeeCup Software has enabled millions of new and existing entrepreneurs to establish an Internet presence and more actively and efficiently compete by bringing their businesses to the Web. This aspect of his endeavor was particularly satisfying to Nick, who was in the same position just years before.
Even with his companies’ success, Nick insisted on keeping prices down and offering affordable software and services to his customers no matter what. Nick created a first of it's kind Ambassador Program and recruited thousands of his software users to evangelize CoffeeCup Software. Armed with Team member t-shirts, their own business cards and online tools the fans were able to become a part of something great and pass the word about CoffeeCup. Nick believes that empowering the customer with the right tools to talk about you is one of the most important things you can do to grow a company.
Known for Web marketing, Nick used his vast communication resources to not only send email marketing to customers but to respond to the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. and Nick offered the first Internet response to the terrorist attacks when he sent an email to his customers expressing horror at the events and his opinion of the perpetrators. Many heard the news of the attacks for the first time in that email from Nick, who asked his software users to post a banner that linked to charities.
An estimated 100,000 websites posted the banner within 24 hours, which helped raise approximately $1.5 million for victims and their families. He also organized and collected 7 tons of goods for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and collected over $50,000 for Tsunami victims by calling on his customers for help. Nick also created an Educational Software Program to provide Web Design software to thousands of students worldwide at no cost.