Netlify

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Netlify, Inc.
FormerlyMakerLoop, Inc.[1]
Founded
Headquarters,
United States Edit this on Wikidata
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
[4]
Products
Revenue21,600,000 United States dollar (2020) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
120 (2021) Edit this on Wikidata
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Netlify is a San Francisco-based cloud computing company that offers hosting and serverless backend services for web applications and static websites.[5]

The company provides hosting for websites whose source files are stored in the version control system Git and then generated into static web content files[b 1] served via a Content Delivery Network.[b 2][b 3] Given the limitations of the purely static model, the company later expanded services to include content management systems, and features of serverless computing[6] to handle websites with interactive features.[7]

History[edit]

A predecessor to the company was founded in 2014 when Danish entrepreneur Mathias Biilmann noticed the emergence of Git-centered workflows with modern build tools and static sites generators, a shift he described as "a massive change happening in the web development space", while running MakerLoop, a content management startup based in San Francisco. In 2015, Biilmann invited Christian Bach, his childhood friend who was working as an executive at a creative services agency in Denmark, to join him as co-founder in his new venture.[8] In 2017, MakerLoop was rebranded as Netlify.[1]

Beyond the initial focus on hosting for static websites, and attracting many developers with a free basic offer, the company expanded to a broader offering including serverless functions and test and deployment services.[7][9]

Financing[edit]

On August 16, 2016, Netlify raised $2.1 million from the founders of GitHub, Heroku, and Rackspace Cloud.[10]

On August 9, 2017, the company announced that it had raised $12 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz.[11][12][13][14]

On October 9, 2018, the company issued a press release announcing that it had completed a series B round led by Kleiner Perkins—with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Slack and Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Yelp CEO and co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman, among others—securing $30 million.[15][16][17]

On March 4, 2020, Netlify secured $53 million in a series C round led by EQT Ventures, the venture capital branch of Swedish investment company EQT, with contributions by existing investors Adreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and newcomer Preston-Werner Ventures.[18][7]

Products[edit]

Netlify CMS[edit]

Netlify CMS dashboard.

To address some of the limitations of static websites, which tend to be less sophisticated and harder to use for the website maintainer than a dynamic content publishing solution such as WordPress or Medium, Netlify develops its own open source headless content management system called Netlify CMS.[b 1][8]

Jamstack[edit]

Jamstack[a] is a cloud-native web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript code, reusable APIs, and markup content.[b 4] It was pioneered and created by Netlify.[19][20] In its purest form, the idea of Jamstack is that a web application is pre-built into static pages, using content and code to generate the output. In basic terms, Jamstack is a significant shift in focus from the now abstractable back end to the now-powerful front end.[21]

Reception[edit]

In March 2017, Netlify CMS was named "GitHub project of the week" by the Software Development Times.[22]

On July 10, 2018, GitHub founder and former CEO Tom Preston-Werner predicted that "within 5 years, you'll build your next large scale, fully featured web app with JAMstack and deploy on Netlify."[23]

Netlify customers include Google, Facebook, Verizon, NBC, Samsung, Nike, Cisco, Atlassian, LiveChat, TriNet, Loblaw, Wieden+Kennedy, Vue.js, Citrix, Peloton, Kubernetes, Lodash, Smashing Magazine, and Sequoia Capital.[24][8][16][25][26][27][28]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  1. ^ a b Camden, Raymond; Rinaldi, Brian (2017). Working with Static Sites: Bringing the Power of Simplicity to Modern Sites. Sebastopol: O'Reilly Media. pp. 155, 177. ISBN 9781491960943.
  2. ^ Xie, Yihui; Presmanes Hill, Alison; Thomas, Amber (2017). blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown. The R Series. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 79. ISBN 9780815363729.
  3. ^ Xie, Yihui; Allaire, Joseph J.; Grolemund, Garrett (2018). R Markdown: The Definitive Guide. The R Series. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 207. ISBN 9781138359338.
  4. ^ Gilbert, John (2018). JavaScript Cloud Native Development Cookbook: Deliver serverless cloud-native solutions on AWS, Azure, and GCP. Birmingham: Packt Publishing. pp. 143, 148. ISBN 9781788470414.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Previously stylized as JAMstack.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Business Entities Filing Document" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. February 26, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Business filings for Netlify, Inc". Office of the Secretary of State of California. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "See Netlify's Company and Product Milestones - 1 Million Devs". Netlify. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "With netlify, website maintenance has gotten even better". HostAdvice. April 6, 2016.
  5. ^ McKemie, Ashley; Rydhan, Sarfaraz (February 21, 2020). "How to Build JAMstack Ecommerce Store - BigCommerce & Netlify". Netlify. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Miller, Ron (March 20, 2018). "Netlify wants to make it easier for web developers to use AWS Lambda event triggers". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Deutscher, Maria (March 4, 2020). "After attracting 800K web developers, Netlify wins $53M in funding". Silicon Angle.
  8. ^ a b c Finley, Klint (October 24, 2018). "This Company Wants to Make the Internet Load Faster". WIRED. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Smith, Craig S. "Have You Noticed The New Web? It's Faster, More Secure". Forbes. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Lynley, Matthew (August 17, 2017). "Netlify, a service for quickly rolling out static websites, raises $2.1M". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Weinberger, Matt (August 9, 2017). "A hot startup is using $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz to pursue a 'holy grail' of web technology". Business Insider. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Hanley Frank, Blair (August 9, 2017). "Netlify raises $12 million to advance web development". VentureBeat. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Wittorff, Jacob Ø. (August 25, 2017). "Dansk it-firma har landet en investering fra et af verdens største ventureselskaber: "De forlanger pengene 100 gange igen"" [Danish IT company lands investment from one of the world's largest venture companies: They expect a 100-times return]. Computerworld (in Danish). Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Levine, Peter (August 9, 2017). "Netlify". Andreessen Horowitz. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Sawers, Paul (October 9, 2018). "Netlify raises $30 million to modernize the web". VentureBeat. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Deutscher, Maria (October 9, 2018). "Founders of Slack, Yelp join $30M round into web development startup Netlify". Silicon Angle. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  17. ^ Miller, Ron (October 9, 2018). "Netlify just got $30 million to change the way developers build websites". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Netlify nabs $53M Series C as microservices approach to web development grows". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Gienow, Michelle (December 26, 2017). "The Sweetness of JAMstack: JavaScript, APIs and Markup". The New Stack. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  20. ^ Leopold, George (October 9, 2018). "App Developer Netlify Looks Beyond Web Servers". EnterpriseTech. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Ouellet, Charles. "JAMstack for Clients: Benefits, Static Site CMS, & Limitations". CodeBurst.io.
  22. ^ Moore, Madison (March 24, 2017). "SD Times GitHub project of the week: Netlify CMS". SD Times. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Tom Preston-Werner [@mojombo] (July 10, 2018). "Prediction: within 5 years, you'll build your next large scale, fully featured web app with #JAMstack and deploy on @Netlify" (Tweet). Retrieved October 9, 2018 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Blædel, Mathias (August 11, 2017). "Dansk startup får millionrygstød: Har Google og Facebook som kunder" [Danish startup gets a $1 million push: Has Google and Facebook as customers]. Dagbladet Børsen (in Danish). Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "Netlify Application Delivery Network". Netlify. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Plans and Pricing". Netlify. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  27. ^ "Netlify raises $53 mn Series C funding to fuel expansion". hrnxt.com. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  28. ^ "Netlify nabs $53M Series C as microservices approach to web development grows". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 12, 2020.

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