Open Source Platform Startup Gatsby Raises USD 15 Million

By StartUp City | Monday, September 30, 2019

Gatsby is a free and open-source framework based on React, which helps developers build lighting quick websites and applications, and is used by IBM, PayPal, Braun, AirBNB, Impossible Burger, and Nike.

FREMONT, CA: Berkley based web development startup Gatsby raised USD 15 million in a Series A funding led by CRV, with participation from previous investors Trinity Ventures, Mango Capital, Dig Ventures, and Fathom Capital. The company had raised a total of USD 3.8 million in its seed round, before the Series A round.

Gatsby is a free and open-source framework based on React, which helps developers build lighting quick websites and applications, and is used by IBM, PayPal, Braun, AirBNB, Impossible Burger, and Nike. The company has increased since its launch four years ago, and arguably one percent of the top ten thousand websites have been built based on Gatsby's platform.

The company promises to allow its clients to do away with their old LAMP stack and make use of a more modern stack, created using advanced open-source tools and engineering practices. Gatsby also discards the monolithic Content Management System (CMS) and bring together a variety of devices that still allow content creators to make use of platforms like WordPress or Drupal, creating a headless CMS.

“We’ve spent four years building Gatsby to be the most comprehensive platform for building a modern website. What would take companies months or even years to implement with a cutting edge web stack is trivial to start with, build with, and deploy on Gatsby," said Gatsby founder and CEO Kyle Matthews. "Gatsby was set up under the GatsbyJS open source project. Today, more than 2,500 people have contributed to this project," he added.

A part of the newly raised funding will be invested in the development of the WordPress ecosystem. The company had also hired Jason Bahl, creator of the GraphQL for WordPress project, in June, and plans to add more WordPress developers to its workforce. "We recently hired someone else to work alongside Jason in developing WPGraphQL and are currently hiring for several roles on the team," said Mathews.

Gatsby has been successful in popularizing the concept of a content mesh, a platform that provides the infrastructure layer for a decoupled website and re-imagines the role of a CMS within this architecture. "With Gatsby, we’re striving to create a business model that will drive many millions of dollars of investment in open-source tools and enable people to build the next generation of web experiences," Mathews said.

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