Heise Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG
TypePrivate (GmbH & Co. KG)
PredecessorVerlag Heinz Heise
Founded1949; 73 years ago (1949) in Hanover, Germany
FounderHeinz Heise
Area served
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
Key people
Ansgar Heise[1]
Revenue193.8 million (2020)
OwnerHeise family
Number of employees
1,085 (2020)

Heise (officially Heise Gruppe, formerly Verlag Heinz Heise) is a German media conglomerate headquartered in Hanover, Lower Saxony. It was founded in 1949 by Heinz Heise [de] and is still family-owned. Its core business is directory media as well as general-interest and specialist media from the fields of computer technology, information technology, and internet culture. Another focus of its business activities is portals for price and product comparisons.[2]


In 1949, Heinz Heise founded the publishing house named after him in Hanover-Badenstedt.[3] The company's first product was an address book for the town of Bünde, later joined by the telephone directory for Einbeck. Gradually, other cities and regions were added to the product range. In addition, Heise expanded the program to include non-fiction topics, such as manuals on law. By 1960, sales had risen to over one million marks.

In 1972, Heinz Heise handed over the management of the company to his son Christian.[4] Under his leadership, a magazine for electronics and technology topics, was created. The first issue of the computer magazine c't appeared in 1983, followed by the professional magazine iX in 1988.[5][6] Both publications are still around today. Later, the IT sector was further expanded with the acquisition of the Heidelberg-based Dpunkt Verlag [de].[7]

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Heise expanded into the states of the former Eastern Bloc. In 1992, the company took over the long-established Hinstorff Verlag [de] publishing house in Rostock.[8] Having previously invested in regional radio stations, Heise participated in the founding of Radio 21, the third private radio station in Lower Saxony, in 2000.

In addition, Heise invested in digital business models with partner publishers: Das Örtliche [de] and Das Telefonbuch [de] appeared online for the first time. The news portal Heise Online was created and supplemented by Telepolis[9] and other channels. This was joined by content from the MIT magazine Technology Review, whose German-language version has been published by Heise since 2003.[10]

In recent years, price comparison portals have taken on greater importance at Heise. The company has stakes in billiger.de, guenstiger.de, and geizhals.at.[11]


Heise publishes “Das Örtliche” and “Das Telefonbuch” as well as the “Gelbe Seiten” in joint editorial and publishing partnership with Deutsche Tele Medien. The media are published in printed form, as a web application and for mobile devices. In addition to a simple entry, Heise offers small and medium-sized companies a wide range of online marketing services.

Heise Online is one of the widest-reach editorial IT news portals in the German-speaking world.[12] It also includes the media brands c't, iX, and others. The company uses the brands both online and for magazines, as well as for events, especially congresses, conferences, seminars and workshops. In 2020, Heise launched Heise Academy, an e-learning platform for IT professionals.

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Ansgar Heise" (in German). Kress. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  2. ^ Karle, Roland (2022-05-27). "Hidden Champion der Medienbranche: Wie Heise wächst und wächst". Kress news (in German). Retrieved 2022-12-13.
  3. ^ Bühling, Selmar (1972-06-08). "Ein Wort zum Mitbegründer des Erfurter Heimatbriefs (Heinz Heise)". Erfurter Heimatbrief (in German). No. 24. pp. 17–19.
  4. ^ "Christian Heise" (in German). Kress. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  5. ^ "Digital ganz analog: Alles, was Sie über Computerzeitschriften wissen sollten". Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11.12.1998 (in German). p. 67.
  6. ^ "Kampf um iX: Ein Mittelständler stellt sich gegen die Börse". Frankfurter Neue Presse (in German). 2000-08-26. p. 2.
  7. ^ "Heise übernimmt Mehrheit von Dpunkt-Verlag". Horizont (in German). 2002-02-28. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  8. ^ Büssing, Stefanie (2021-09-02). "190 Jahre Hinstorff-Verlag". Ostsee-Zeitung (in German). p. 19.
  9. ^ Baumgärtel, Tilman (1996-11-04). "Netzphilosophie". Die Tageszeitung (in German). p. 16. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  10. ^ "Deutsche Technology Review kommt". Horizont (in German). 2003-01-10. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  11. ^ "IT-Verlag Heise übernimmt geizhals.at". Wiener Zeitung (in German). 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  12. ^ Rotter, Brian (2015-12-18). "Die deutschen Top 25 der Tech-Medien im Netz". t3n (in German). Retrieved 2022-04-10.