Netlify Web Content Creation Platform Raises $ 105 Million

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Netlify, a platform as a service that builds, deploys and hosts websites and applications, today announced that it has raised $ 105 million in a Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, valuing the company to $ 2 billion post-money. Along with the funding, Netlify announced the acquisition of OneGraph, a tool for building integrations with third-party services, for an undisclosed amount.

Founded in 2014 by Christian Bach and Mathias Biilmann Christensen, Netlify, based in San Francisco, California, provides hosting and backend services for web applications and websites. The company offers hosting for websites whose files are stored in the Git version control system and then generated into web content files delivered through a content delivery network.

“Netlify [fundamentally moves] monolithic web applications with a decoupled architecture that separates the front-end user interface from the main business logic [and is] more open and accessible for developers, ”said Biilmann. “If you’re a business and want to reach out to users, your primary channel is online. 2020 and the pandemic have accelerated a lot as companies realize they need to create differentiated user experiences on the web. This is where Netlify has garnered a lot of interest from companies competing to deliver the best performing and most personalized web experiences, whether it’s an eCommerce site, a software application as a service or a marketing campaign.

Web hosting

With Netlify’s technology, developers hook up any code repository of their choice (e.g. GitHub) and add build parameters, after which Netlify deploys the website or app to an app delivery network. This eliminates the need to find a host and download application support files, as well as configure domain settings.

Among other solutions, Netlify promotes Jamstack, a web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript code, reusable APIs, and markup content. In its purest form, the idea of ​​Jamstack is that a web application is pre-built into web pages, using content and code to generate the output.

GitHub founder and former CEO Tom Preston-Werner predicted in 2018 that “within 5 years you will be building your next large-scale, fully-featured web application with Jamstack and deploying it on Netlify.” True to this prediction, 16% of the Internet population visits a website powered by Netlify each month; the startup’s customer base has expanded to include Google, Facebook, Verizon, NBC, Samsung, Nike, Cisco, Atlassian, Citrix, Peloton and other large companies.

“The whole world is moving towards a decoupled approach to building web applications, so we’re seeing a lot of validation in this market,” Bach said. “Netlify’s biggest differentiator is its platform – which is composable, pluggable, and not tied to any single framework or technology, and therefore accessible to all developers.”

OneGraph Acquisition and Fund

So where does the aforementioned OneGraph fit into Netlify’s portfolio? OneGraph – launched in 2018 – offers a GraphQL service that wraps and connects software-as-a-service APIs. GraphQL is an open source data query and language for APIs combined with a runtime for responding to queries with existing data.

GraphQL allows clients such as web browsers to define both the data structure required for an application or website and the same data structure returned by the server, thus preventing large amounts of data from being returned. Netlify sees the service – delivered through OneGraph – as a complement to its content management system, Netlify CMS, by making static content delivery both easier and more efficient.

Netlify – which has raised nearly $ 212 million in capital to date and has 200 employees – also today announced a $ 1 million investment in the sponsorship, promotion and contributions of open source projects. Bach says the goal is to “advance the modern web” by investing in and promoting innovation through the Jamstack ecosystem.

“We are creating the Netlify Jamstack Innovation Fund with the goal of investing $ 10 million in emerging companies to fuel the next decade of web innovation. [We’re also] committing to invest $ 1 million of work in the open source technologies that drive the modern web, through upstream code contributions and sponsorships, ”said Bach.

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