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Type Corporation[1]
Founded April 2010 (2010-04)[2][3]
  • Charlie Robbins
  • Marak Squires
  • Paolo Fragomeni
Headquarters New York City, New York
Key people
  • Charlie Robbins (CEO)
Services Platform as a service (PaaS)
Website Nodejitsu

Nodejitsu Inc is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS). Nodejitsu is based on Node.js and serves Node.js applications on their platform. Nodejitsu's headquarters are based in New York City, New York, with datacenters in the United States and Europe.[4]


Nodejitsu was founded in April 2010 (2010-04)[2][3] by Charlie Robbins, Marak Squires, and Paolo Fragomeni. Coined "the original Node.js platform as a service",[5] Nodejitsu partnered with Joyent on April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02) to "deliver best-of-breed infrastructure and platform services and software to the growing ranks of enterprise and public cloud users developing and deploying applications for Node.js."[3][6] Joyent took a shot at a Node.js platform as a service previously, named As of November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07), Joyent no longer offers the platform as a service, and instead recommends Nodejitsu.[7]

On May 22, 2013, Nodejitsu acquired IrisCouch.[8] The IrisCouch team has merged with the Nodejitsu team during this acquisition, introducing Jeff Jackson as the new chief operations officer and Jason Smith as the new chief technical officer. IrisCouch will also be blended into Nodejitsu's current platform to provide an all-in-one platform for deploying Node.js applications, as well as provisioning CouchDB and Redis databases. This also means that IrisNPM will be shut down and merged into Nodejitsu's platform. Nodejitsu will still be allowing private NPM repositories, but there is not a pricing model for these databases or NPM repositories yet.

Roy Bahat on Bloomberg Beta

We’re happy to go as early as the womb to find investable opportunities. We’re happy to lead, or be the only check in. But we’re also happy to syndicate. We’re optimizing for the best companies.


On June 4 and 5, 2013, Nodejitsu was featured in The New York Times and TechCrunch for being one of the first companies that has been invested in by Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 million start-up investment fund headed by former IGN executive Roy Bahat.[9][10] With Bloomberg Beta's current list of investments, Nodejitsu joins the likes of companies such as Codecademy, Newsle, Errplane, ProsperWorks, and MkII Ventures.

Open Source[edit]

Continuing with the Nodejitsu tradition of open source evangelism, Nodejitsu maintains numerous open source projects in their Github repositories. On top of their open source contributions, they also offer one free drone (server) to open source applications as of January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31).[11] Open source applications must be able to provide a repository with the user's source code.[12]

Node.js Knockout 2012[edit]

Node.js Knockout holds a hackathon each year, where Node.js programmers join together in teams to complete a Node.js application within 48 hours. The Node.js application is then judged, and the victors are awarded their prizes for that year. The 2012 Node Knockout was sponsored by Joyent and hosted by Nodejitsu.[13]


Sometime around December 2010 (2010-12), Nodejitsu was banned on the Hacker News network[14] due to controversy following the actions of Marak Squires' alleged spamming of the Hacker News network[15] and claims of Nodejitsu rallying users to increase votes on their posts.[16] Charlie Robbins combatted the ban, pointing out that users of Nodejitsu are given Nodejitsu subdomains for their applications. It is still a common occurrence, as with many other programming languages, that Nodejitsu users post their applications to Hacker News for public feedback. The ban on the Nodejitsu domain caused all users' posts containing a Nodejitsu domain to be removed.[17] Nodejitsu's ban on Hacker News has been lifted since October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24), and was publicly announced on the Hacker News network by Paul Graham.[14]


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