UK Github chat platform Gitter nets £1.45M in funding from Index Ventures, Faber Ventures and Kima Ventures
Gitter (www.gitter.im), a messaging and community tool for open source collaborative projects on Github, built by a former product director at Skype, has announced a seed funding round totalling £1.45m ($2.2m).
The funding round has been led by Index Ventures as well as European and Asian investors Faber Ventures, Nexus Ventures, Kima Ventures as well as veteran angel investor in open-source technologies Anand Babu Periasamy. The company will look to use this funding to expand its headcount and aid its continued expansion and growth in other markets.
Gitter is built on top of developer collaboration service GitHub. Gitter currently has 200,000 registered users across 30,000 public chat communities. The platform has seen fast growth, adding over half its users in the six months preceding this announcement. Developers have flocked to GitHub and it has now become the industry standard for collaborative cloud development. Prior to Gitter, realtime conversations were not possible between GitHub’s community users, and as such developers were trapped in swiftly ageing tools such as IRC.
Of the 250 most active developers on GitHub, nearly 60% now use Gitter.
Mike Bartlett, Co-founder of Gitter said “Community has always been at the heart of Gitter; we built the tool to encourage better collaboration between groups of developers, and open up communication in the tech world as much as possible. One of the original design decisions we made was making Gitter an open network where everyone and everything is interconnected rather than siloed into teams. We’re incredibly pleased with how the existing community has embraced us so far.”
Active developer and startup founder Ahmed Nuaman had this to say when asked why he uses Gitter. “Messaging is really disparate, with about 15 different players vying for your attention and chats. I use Gitter to work with other developers around the world, and offer support to my own project collaborators. The integrations mean that is the best tool for the job.”
The largest community Gitter support is Free Code Camp, an open-source project teaching individuals around the world to code and support non-profits where over 20,000 people participate in the community and conversations.
Gitter was created in January 2013 by former director of product management at Skype, Mike Bartlett, who had noticed a growing trend for enterprise-based chat, and longtime friend Andrew Newdigate, a software engineer.
Originally designed as a broad purpose collaboration tool called Troupe, the project evolved over time to be focused purely on the development community with project collaboration on GitHub. It was shortly after this that Troupe became Gitter. In February 2014 Gitter launched in private beta, before becoming publicly available in September of the same year.
Gitter allows programmers to easily create or join chat rooms around code repositories on GitHub. The majority of the communities on Gitter are formed around public code and open source projects, where programmers from around the world come together to seek assistance and improve the software. Teams are also able to use Gitter to communicate privately.
Gitter integrates deeply with GitHub, allowing issues and code to be interactively embedded into the conversation. Other integrations include Trello, Jenkins, Travis CI, Heroku, Sentry and BitBucket to name but a few.
Gitter is a free and open-source chat and communication tool built on and utilising Github, a well known cloud based code repository.
Gitter is currently available on the web, OSX, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. Gitter is committed to supporting new and existing developer communities including Angular, Backbone, Meteor, Webpack, Rails, Nodejs, Scala, Microsoft’s Typescript, Walmart’s hapijs, as well as Microsoft’s .NET Foundation.
Gitter is also a proud supporter of Free Code Camp, which aims to educate members of the public to code and help non-profit organisations.
Source: Gitter Press Release