Every developer depends on environments like testing, staging and manufacturing as they construct software program, however constructing them could be a time-consuming operation. ReleaseHub, an early stage startup that was a part of the Y Combinator Winter 2020 cohort, desires to change that by offering a service to make environments obtainable on demand.
Today, the corporate introduced a $2.7 million seed, and likewise introduced that service is mostly obtainable whereas they had been at it. Sequoia led the spherical with participation from Y Combinator, Rogue VC, Liquid Capital and unnamed angel traders.
Company co-founder and CEO Tommy McClung says that each developer on this planet has to use environments of their improvement workflow, nevertheless it stays for essentially the most half a handbook course of.
“All of those environments are incredibly difficult to build. So the problem we’re solving is the ability to create those on demand. Instead of having to have a DevOps team that is responsible for managing, creating and maintaining them, the software does that and you can instantaneously create them,” McClung advised me.
The service is built-in into GitHub and BitBucket, so you’ll be able to construct the environments on the fly as you want them based mostly on templates for the varied sort. “The real value that we’re bringing to the table here is that we’re bringing that together in an almost virtualized way so that you can reproduce these environments on demand,” he mentioned.
McClung who has been working in know-how for over 20 years says it is a downside he’s seen over and over on the numerous firms he’s labored at through the years. After working engineering at TrueCar, his most up-to-date firm, he determined to construct a startup to resolve the issue as soon as and for all.
He notes that that is the second time he’s been a YC firm and whereas the scale and scope of the operation has modified since he final participated in 2009, the method stays a lot the identical. For starters, there have been 20 firms concerned again then and over 200 this time round, however he says by breaking it down into smaller teams, it helped create the identical really feel.
The firm launched at first of final 12 months, and spent final 12 months constructing the product and dealing with design companions and beta prospects forward of right this moment’s launch. The plan is to provide a subscription service the place firms pay by the variety of environments they create.
ReleaseHub at present has 10 staff together with the three founders with plans to add extra, particularly engineers to assist proceed constructing out the answer and including extra layers of performance. As he does this, McClung says bringing in a various group of staff is a precedence for the founding crew.
“I mean I’ve been building companies for a long time and it has to be embedded into the DNA of the company at the very earliest stages, so making sure that you have diverse talent [from the start],” he mentioned.
He says the plan is to keep 100% distant even after places of work open once more. “We were forced into being remote and actually we made it work really well for us. You know in a lot of ways it’s advantageous for work-life balance,” he mentioned.