|Industry||mobile backend as a service|
|Founded||June 1, 2011|
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Parse was a mobile backend as a service platform originally developed by the provider Parse, Inc. The company was acquired by Facebook in 2013 and shut down in January 2017. Following the announcement in 2016 of the impending shutdown, the platform was subsequently open sourced.
Since the hosted service was shut down, Parse Platform has grown into an open source community with its own blog, documentation, and community forum.
Parse was founded in 2011 by Tikhon Bernstam, Ilya Sukhar, James Yu, and Kevin Lacker, previously at Google and Y Combinator. The firm produces back-end tools for mobile developers that help mobile developers store data in the cloud, manage identity log-ins, handle push notifications and run custom code in the cloud.
On November 9, 2011, it raised $5.5 million in venture capital funding. In 2012, its tools were being used by 20,000 mobile developers and that number was growing at 40% monthly. On Sept 11, 2012, it added the ability to create custom code on the back end.
Facebook did open the application source code in order to allow users to perform the migration to self-hosted Parse Server. A range of vendors are able to host Parse applications, providing migration alternatives.
The service operated until 30 January 2017, at which point all users needed to migrate their applications to self-hosted Parse Server or move to other platforms.
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