Wercker Announces $4.5 Million in Series A Funding,
Open Sources CLI Technology to Empower Developers
AMSTERDAM AND SAN FRANCISCOâ€”THURS., JAN. 28, 2016â€”Wercker today announced aÂ funding round of $4.5 million led by Inkef Capital with participation from existing investor NotionÂ Capital. In addition, the company open sourced their Command Line Interface (CLI) technologyÂ to further empower the developer community to rapidly develop, build and deploy containerizedÂ applications and microservices on desktop environments.
With this latest round of funding, wercker plans to continue to drive developer adoption, expandÂ into the enterprise market, and deepen its automation capabilities with more flexible, complexÂ development pipelines. The investment led by Amsterdam-based Inkef Capital brings theÂ company’s total funding to $7.5 million and marks the investment firm’s first investment in theÂ developer tools market.
â€œWercker is core to modern cloud infrastructure and development, and we’re excited to be a partÂ of its growth,â€ said Robert Jan Galema, managing director at Inkef Capital. â€œWercker is exactlyÂ the type of leading edge technology in which we like to invest at Inkef. It’s the only platform thatÂ automates the workflow required to build applications with independently deployableÂ microservices, thus driving the dynamic and efficient development teams of the future.â€
â€œWe’re excited to join the Inkef Capital portfolio and continue to bridge the gap between theÂ innovative communities in Amsterdam and Silicon Valley,â€ said Micha Hernandez van Leuffen,Â founder and CEO at wercker. â€œWe’re fortunate to have a passionate developer communityÂ behind us: a community that will only continue to grow and improve with access to our openÂ sourced CLI technology.â€
By open sourcing the wercker Command Line Interface (CLI), the company aims to empowerÂ the developer community to create workflows that attain better dev-prod parity and allow forÂ rapid iteration. The Wercker Command Line Interface is available as an open source project onÂ GitHub and enables developers to spin up and build Dockerized microservices on their localÂ machines. The CLI runs on both OSX and Linux machines.
â€œWe’re confident our continued investment in Wercker will catapult the company to meet theÂ rising demand from the enterprise market,â€ said Chris Tottman, partner at Notion Capital.Â â€œWercker has the tools and processes to help the enterprise embrace containers andÂ microservices at scale.â€
With wercker’s Docker-based infrastructure, teams can increase developer velocity with customÂ automation pipelines using steps that produce containers as artifacts. Once the build passes,Â users can continue to the deploy steps as specified in the wercker.yml. Continuously repeatingÂ these steps allows teams to work in small increments, making it easy to debug and ship faster.Â For more information on the wercker CLI please visit: http://wercker.com/cli.
Wercker is a platform to automate development of microservices and applications. Wrecker’sÂ leadership includes Founder and CEO Micha HernÃ¡ndez van Leuffen and CTO Andy Smith,Â former co-founder of OpenStack. The company has raised more than $7.5 million in ventureÂ funding from Inkef Capital, Notion Capital and Tola Capital, among others. For more informationÂ please visit http://www.wercker.com.
INKEF is an Amsterdam, the Netherlands, based venture capital firm that is focused on theÂ long-term collaboration and active support of innovative technology companies. INKEF wasÂ founded in 2010 by Dutch pension fund ABP and with â‚¬Â 200 million under management it is oneÂ of the largest venture capital funds in the Netherlands. INKEF focuses on investmentÂ opportunities in Healthcare, Technology and IT/NewMedia and prefers to participate from seriesÂ A round financing onwards. www.inkefcapital.com
ABOUT NOTION CAPITAL
Notion is a venture capital firm focused on high potential businesses in the Cloud ComputingÂ and Software-as-as-Service (SaaS) markets. The Notion team has unique expertise andÂ experience in the Cloud Computing market having founded, built and exited two highlyÂ successful businesses in the space â€“ Star and MessageLabs. The four partners at Notion areÂ Stephen Chandler, Ian Milbourn, Chris Tottman and Jos White. Companies within Notionâ€™sÂ portfolio include Adbrain, Currency Cloud, Duedil, IOCS, MOVE Guides, NewVoiceMedia andÂ Tradeshift. For more information please visit: www.notioncapital.com.