We wanted beginners to be able to use our devices straightaway and we wanted it to be as straighforward as possible.Alexandre Vielle - CEO Ordissimo
Having seen their parents struggle to use their own microcomputers, in July 2002 three young students, Christophe Berly, Alexandre Vielle and Brice Delmotte, decided to invent a revolutionary new product: the simplest laptop in the world.
The new product had to be adapted to all kinds of computer novices, young or old, and be adapted to various uses: the general public (seniors etc.) and professionals (freelancers, retailers, artisans etc.) After two years of research and developments, the first Ordissimo computer was created in January 2005. The three students' gamble had paid off; several hundres of computers were sold online without any advertising or sales contacts!
The internet users had certainly got the right idea and started to recommend the first Linux-based Ordissimo computer to their friends and family. Customers had fallen in love with the first Ordissimo model, a blue brick that could be held in one hand.
Thanks to its instant success, the company launched their first laptop in April 2006. A month later, Ordissimo celebrated its one-thousandth customer. By the end of 2007, the company sold its ten-thousandth computer. Since then, Ordissimo sells almost ten thousand units per year.
The company now has a network of over 250 retailers in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Big brands like Boulanger and Leclerc have also invested in Ordissimo, having been convinced by its customers' appetite for Ordissimo products. In VPC, the brand is distributed by Mondadori and Domoto and is often shown on French television in TF1's teleshopping programme.
A few key dates
Still students, Christophe Berly, Brice Delmotte and Alexandre Vielle create the company Substantiel in the hopes of creating the first computer adapted to computer novices.
After two years of development, Substantiel launches its first Ordissimo model.
To help with its development, Substantiel fundraises 300k€ from private investors, including a former CEO from the French CAC 40.
Launch of the 'All-in-one' model with a 17" screen and 16:9 screen aspect. Ideal for multimedia, it has 4 loudspeakers, a DVD writer and is compatible with an array of different connections.
Launch of the first Ordissimo laptop. Ultra light, it has a 12" screen.
Launch of the first 'All-in-one' Ordissimo model.
10,000 Ordissimos sold.
To boost its growing fame, Ordissimo appears in a TV campaign on the French television channels, France 2, France 3 and TF1, in which Brice, Ordissimo's inventor makes an appearance.
To support the company's commercial and technological development, Avenir Finance invests 1.2 million euros in Substantiel.
The company starts to grow and leaves its offices in the 15th arrondissement of Paris to moves to more spacious offices in Montrouge.
Launch of the Ordissimo Version 2.
Launch of the first touch-screen Ordissimo tablet.
Launch of Ordissimo in Germany.
50,000 Ordissimos sold
Ordissimo launches its collection of 'Edissinautes' and publishes the first volume of its useful information handbooks. An immediate hit, 2500 copies are preordered.
Launch of the Ordissimo Version 3. The entire model is improved and more softwares are installed so that all users can enjoy a more complete Ordissimo experience (LibreOffice for example.) The video function and internet are made quicker and smoother to use.
The Ordissimo Academy is launched and training sessions are organised in around 15 French cities. An ideal way to learn how to use an Ordissimo computer in a friendly environment.
The first edition of the new Ordissimo bi-annual magazine is published. Completely free, it is designed to showcase the Ordissinaute community as well as the latest Ordissimo products. The first edition was sent to almost 50,000 users!
Launch of the first Ordissimo smartphone "LeNuméro1!"
The company Substantiel S.A.S becomes Ordissimo S.A.
Ordissomo S.A enters the stock market with Euronext Growth.
Launch of the Ordissimo Version 4. More Features, 64-bits support and a new interface