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About Compass

From address book publisher to information provider

Compass-Verlag was founded in 1867 in Vienna as an address book publisher. All of the company information contained in the book editions was already available online by the end of 1995. The Compass-Group is a leading provider of company information in Austria, which employs around 70 people and offers an extensive range of electronic information services, including the Firmen-Compass,, marketing addresses, information portals as well as an online archive on European economic history.

The subsidiary HF Data - the biggest clearing house for online databases of the Republic of Austria - supplies information on the Business Register, the Land Register, the Central Trade Register and the Central Civil Register.

The Domain Group was founded in 2014 by Compass-Gruppe GmbH aiming to offer the whole supply chain from domain registration to the operation and administration of an own Top-Level-Domain. By now the company group combines a consulting company (domainworx), a registrar (, several TLDs (.WIEN/.KOELN/.COLOGNE) and a Backend Provider (RyCE).

The Compass-Group additionally uses its know-how in various research projects and, as a member of the investors’ supervisory board of Initial Factor Speed Invest, passes its experiences on to young and established companies alike.