DevZero Raises $26M, Launches Platform Enabling Developers to Code in the Cloud | News Direct

DevZero Raises $26M, Launches Platform Enabling Developers to Code in the Cloud DevZero makes Uber, Meta, Carta, and Twilio DevOps technology accessible to all developers.

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DevZero today announced it raised $26M in funding, with a Series A round led by Anthos Capital and a Seed round led by Foundation Capital. Fika Ventures, Foundation Capital, and Madrona Venture Group participated in the Series A round.

DevZero also announced the general availability of its Developer Environment Platform, which empowers software developers to ship applications better and faster by writing and testing code in environments that are exactly like production. DevZero will use the funding to develop the platform by building out their growing engineering and go-to-market teams.

DevZero was founded by Debo Ray and Rob Fletcher, who worked on Uber's infrastructure and security teams before starting DevZero. Ray and Fletcher built a team with extensive experience developing advanced DevOps tools for the most innovative companies of the last decade including Uber, Meta, Carta and Twilio. With the massive growth of microservices, Ray and Fletcher saw first-hand the productivity and product delivery boost that strong internal developer tooling offers, as well as the gaps between in-house tools and the tools available to the larger enterprise market.

"Developers have reached peak microservices, Kubernetes, serverless and general cloud-native development pain,” said Debo Ray, co-founder and CEO of DevZero. “The developer experience has deteriorated due to cloud programming models which outpace the capacity of today’s development tools. And bloated integrated development environments (IDEs) overload developers’ laptop resources, slowing the computers to a crawl. Recent advances in IDE technologies and cloud availability make it possible to have a seamless experience of developing and testing by pairing local tooling with cloud-based compute.”

“I saw the magic of Developer Environment Platforms first-hand when I joined Meta,” said co-founder and COO, Rob Fletcher. “I could get a fully functional environment up and running within an hour of starting at the company. Centralized environments like these make it easier for engineers to roll out core infrastructure changes while causing minimal engineer downtime.”

DevZero also addresses the fundamental security concerns of enterprise customers. In addition to various infrastructure platforms, the founders were in charge of DevOps security at Uber, a company that conducts $30B in transactions annually. Since every developer has their laptop - and the enterprise is responsible for ensuring they are all locked down - security risks are substantial.

As microservice architectures are being increasingly adopted, the local developer experience suffers quite drastically. DevZero’s platform also enables teams that have embraced Kubernetes or serverless architectures to give their developers production-like environments to write and test code.

"Serverless infrastructure is the direction the industry is moving in, but solutions for making it easy to develop are almost nonexistent," said Matthew Schrepel, Senior Manager of Developer Experience at Extend. "DevZero is giving our developers tools to make cutting-edge development easy again - serverless can't go mainstream without tools like these."

"Spinning up ephemeral developer environments where engineers can perform end-to-end testing is a game-changer," said Nitant Vaidya, Senior Director of Engineering at "DevZero lets us onboard new engineers, globally, in minutes, giving each their own standalone environment that they continue to use with their local tools.”

In the current market climate, software teams must focus on revenue-generating activities to serve their users best. Existing development tooling and processes are stifling creativity and increasing developer toil. Time that could be spent collaborating and innovating on products is instead spent making the development environment consistent with production environments.

“In an increasingly hybrid work environment, the likelihood that an engineer will continue to use a laptop that is bulky, powerful, and in need of constant updates to code seems slim,” said Bryan Kelly, Managing Partner at Anthos Capital. “The future will be one of cloud-based development environments, and we believe DevZero will drive this vision."

"Developer productivity and collaboration is a critical area for most companies, and as infrastructure moves to the cloud, so too will the engineering pipeline,” said Sid Trivedi, Partner at Foundation Capital. “CTOs have consistently shared with us that today it takes 90 days to onboard a new engineer. This is a top 3 problem impacting the engineering pipeline. DevZero gives developers this ramp time back so that they can focus on building innovative revenue-generating products that create happy customers."


About DevZero:

DevZero's mission is to make engineers happier and more productive than they've ever been. They do this by letting engineers ship better products by writing code in environments that are exactly like production. DevZero was founded by former engineers at some of the most disruptive companies of the last decade.


DevZero redefines various stages of the software development lifecycle, allowing engineers to focus on revenue-generating products while simplifying the workflows for DevOps and Platform Engineering teams.


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