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Lightbend Inc.
IndustryComputer software
FounderMartin Odersky
Jonas Bonér
Paul Phillips[1]
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
ServicesDistribution and support on the Lightbend Reactive Platform

Lightbend, formerly known as Typesafe, is a company founded by Martin Odersky, the creator of the Scala programming language, Jonas Bonér, the creator of the Akka middleware, and Paul Phillips in 2011.

It provides a platform for building reactive applications for the JVM, consisting of the Play Framework, Akka middleware and Scala programming language, with additional supporting products and development tools such as the Slick database library for Scala and the sbt build tool. Lightbend also provides training, consulting and commercial support on the platform.

Lightbend is one of the main contributors of Reactive Streams.[2][3][4]

In February 2016, the company was renamed from Typesafe to Lightbend and adopted a new logo.


The company's CEO is Jonas Bonér.[5]


Lightbend initially raised $3 million for Series A funding from Greylock Partners.[6] Lightbend then raised another $14 million for Series B from Shasta Ventures, Greylock Partners, Juniper Networks and Francois Stieger.[7] Intel Capital is leading a new $20 million Series C round of funding along with new investor Blue Cloud Ventures and current backers Bain Capital Ventures, Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. This brings funding to date to $42 million.[8]


Lightbend leads the following open-source or source-available software projects:

  • Akka event-driven middleware

It is also a core participant in the development of:

Lightbend also offers Lightbend Subscription, which offers 24/7 developer support and a commercial product Lightbend Production Suite.[9] Lightbend Production Suite includes service orchestration,[10] Lightbend Monitoring,[11] application resilience,[12] and enhanced availability.


Lightbend initiated the Scala Days[13] conference which brings together developers from around the world to share their experiences and new ideas around creating applications with Scala. Since its inception, the Scala Center has taken over the responsibility for organizing Scala Days.

Lightbend even initiated Reactive Summit as a conference around the principles for asynchronous stream processing with Reactive Streams which was later donated to the Linux Foundation.

Educational Resources[edit]

Lightbend offers an educational platform called Lightbend Academy,[14] which includes online courses for subscription customers.


  1. ^ "Paul Phillips: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Bloomberg News. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Reactive Streams Releases First Stable Version for JVM
  3. ^ A Journey into Reactive Streams
  4. ^ Reactive Streams 1.0.0 interview
  5. ^ "Company Leadership". 2021. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Matz, Cade (2011). "Scala daddy wraps his Java baby in Red Hat-ness". Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Rao, Leena (2012). "Typesafe Raises $14M From Shasta, Greylock, And Juniper To Commercialize Scala". Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  8. ^ "Intel Invests in Lightbend and Its Scala Language". Fortune. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  9. ^ "Reactive Platform for Production". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "ConductR - A Reactive Application Manager for Operations". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Lightbend Monitoring". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Split Brain Resolver". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Scala Days". 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  14. ^ "Lightbend Academy". 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.

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