Developers are spread all over the place when it comes to the number of tools, frameworks, and installations needed to put together web services. If you ask any developer they’re flying between text editors, version handling, local development environments, frameworks (like Wordpress or Drupal), deployment services, and hosting providers to get their projects up and running. It's just the way things are, but Stockholm-based Jumpstarter has launched their private beta and announced €1.3 million in funding for a tool that combines a number of the above steps into a single product that manages development environments, framework installs, deployment, and hosting.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned from talking with hundreds of developers, it’s that they always want to be in flow," says Jumpstarter CEO Per Jonsson. "We help them eliminate distractions, easily collaborate with their team and get projects started in seconds. Simply put, we help developers code with flow - that’s our mission.”
The Stockholm-based team also announces that they're raised €1.3 million in funding from Berlin-based investors Earlybird, Paua Ventures and Martin Sinner. This is a pretty decent amount of funding to announce pre-launch, and it points to the momentum built by the team and execution up to now.
Rather than this being a nice wrapper on top of your favorite services, there is some hardcore tech behind these integrations. Jumpstarter's initial features include live hosting and installing frameworks in a fraction of a second, easy collaboration on source code using git, automated scaling of web applications, and instant cloning of web applications. At launch, the service plugs into ten frameworks including Wordpress, Drupal, Magento, and CodeIgniter.
Originally built by three friends, including Jonsson, at university, the team has grown to 8 employees with offices in Stockholm and San Francisco. They’re currently hiring two new roles, a Senior Systems Engineer and a QA Associate, more details of which are available here.
There’s power in becoming a platform, so it will be interesting to see how Jumpstarter expands in the coming year; with its network effects, once you get a large number of developers relying on your platform, it seems you could almost go anywhere with it.
For readers of ArcticStartup there are a exclusive number of beta invites available using the invite code ARCTICSTARTUP at http://jumpstarter.io/register.
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