Parse (platform)

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Parse, Inc.
FoundedJune 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
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.[1][2] Following the announcement in 2016 of the impending shutdown, the platform was subsequently open sourced.


Parse was founded in 2011 by Tikhon Bernstam,[3] 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.[4][5] In 2012, its tools were being used by 20,000 mobile developers and that number was growing at 40% monthly.[6] On Sept 11, 2012, it added the ability to create custom code on the back end.[7]

Fast Company named Parse one of the top 50 most innovative companies of 2013.[8]

Facebook acquired the firm for $85 million in 2013.[9][10][11][12]

In 2014, Parse was reported to power 500,000 mobile apps.[13][14]

On 28 January 2016, Facebook announced that it will close down Parse, with services effectively shutting down on 28 January 2017.[15][16] The service operated until 30 January 2017, at which point all users needed to have migrated their applications to other platforms.[17] Parse did open the application source code in order to allow users to perform the migration and release Parse Server.[18] A range of vendors like Back4app, Stamplay, and AWS are able to host Parse applications, providing migration alternatives.

Prior to the Build 2016 Conference, Microsoft announced a Parse Server on Azure Managed Services, as an easy way for developers to migrate from the soon-to-be-defunct Facebook service.[19]


  1. ^ Novet, Jordan. "Facebook Parse now lets you easily deploy mobile apps to Heroku". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  2. ^ Miners, Zach. "Facebook buys Parse, gets into development tools business".
  3. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "YC-Funded Parse: A Heroku For Mobile Apps". Techcrunch. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "Parse, The 'Heroku For Mobile', Raises $5.5 Million Series A". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  5. ^ Taylor, Colleen (2011-11-09). "Parse raises $5.5M to give any mobile app a home in the cloud". Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  6. ^ Lynley, Matt. "This Startup Could Literally Change The Way The Entire App Industry Works". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "Hey, mobile app developers, get on the Parse cloud". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  8. ^ McCorvey, J.J. "Most Innovative Companies 2013". Fast Company.
  9. ^ Rusli, Evelyn. "Facebook to Buy Mobile Startup Parse in Cash-and-Stock Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  10. ^ Cutler, Kim-Mai. "Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service". Techcrunch.
  11. ^ Hickey, Matt. "Facebook Buys Mobile App Platform Parse". Forbes. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  12. ^ Purdy, Doug. "Welcoming Parse to Facebook". Facebook. Facebook blog.
  13. ^ Novet, Jordan. "Devs have built 500K apps on Facebook's Parse, with Asia seeing 90% growth in first half of 2014". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  14. ^ Metz, Cade. "Facebook Buys Its Way Into the Heart of the App World". Wired. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  15. ^ "Moving On".
  16. ^ Mike Isaac and Quentin Hardy (January 28, 2016). "Facebook to Shut Down Parse, Its Platform for Mobile Developers".
  17. ^ Fitz Tepper (January 30, 2017). "Facebook's Parse developer platform is shutting down today".
  18. ^ "Parse Server Dossier – All you need to know about Parse shutdown".
  19. ^ Hall, Adrian. "Announcing the publication of Parse Server with Azure Managed Services". Microsoft Azure. Retrieved 2016-04-02.

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