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Heroku, Inc.
Industry Cloud platform as a service
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founder James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins, Orion Henry
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Parent Salesforce.com
Website heroku.com

Heroku is a cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) supporting several programming languages. Heroku was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010.[1] Heroku, one of the first cloud platforms[citation needed], has been in development since June 2007, when it supported only the Ruby programming language, but has since added support for Java, Node.js, Scala, Clojure, Python, PHP, and Go.[2][3]


James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins, and Orion Henry founded Heroku supporting Rack-compatible projects.[4] In October 2009, Byron Sebastian joined Heroku as CEO.[5] On December 8, 2010, Salesforce.com acquired Heroku as a wholly owned subsidiary of Salesforce.com. On July 12, 2011, Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the chief designer of the Ruby programming language, joined the company as Chief Architect, Ruby.[6] That same month, Heroku added support for Node.js and Clojure. On September 15, 2011, Heroku and Facebook introduced Heroku for Facebook.[7] Heroku now supports MongoDB and Redis databases[8][9] in addition to its standard PostgreSQL.[10] Applications that are run from the Heroku server use the Heroku DNS Server to direct to the application domain (typically "applicationname.herokuapp.com"). Each of the application containers or dynos are spread across a "dyno grid" which consists of several servers. Heroku's Git server handles application repository pushes from permitted users.[11][12]

What does the name mean[edit]

According to various sources:[13][14] The term is merger of "Hero" and "Haiku". The Japanese theme is a nod to Matz for creating Ruby.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bay Area mergers and acquisitions, Dec. 13 (news article), SF Gate 
  2. ^ "Heroku". Crunchbase. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "About Heroku". Stack Overflow. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Ruby on Rails Startup Heroku Gets $3 Million, Tech Crunch, 2008-05-08 
  5. ^ SourceLabs' Byron Sebastian Joins Heroku as CEO, Venture Beat, 2009-10-14 
  6. ^ Ruby’s Creator, Matz, Joins Heroku (article), Ruby Inside, 2011-07-12 
  7. ^ Facebook Partners With Heroku to Offer Developers Free Sample Application Hosting, Social Times 
  8. ^ "Six Things to Consider When Using Redis on Heroku". Redis Labs. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ NoSQL, Heroku, and You (weblog), Heroku, 2010-07-20 
  10. ^ "Rails Heroku Tutorial". RailsApps Project. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ Scalability: How does Heroku work?
  12. ^ Deploying application Node.js on Heroku
  13. ^ "The term is merger of "Hero" and "Haiku". | Hacker News". news.ycombinator.com. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Douglas Drumond's answer to What does Heroku mean? - Quora". qr.ae. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 

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