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17 Developer Tools Startups that Became Unicorns

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The number of successful companies in the Developer Tools industry and worth more than $1 billion is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

Particularly when a lot of these companies were only founded within the last 5 years or so.

That’s why we decided to put together this list of 17 Developer Tools companies that have achieved the Unicorn status.

17 Developer Tools Unicorns Companies

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Airtable

Airtable

Airtable is a cloud-based software company that offers an elegant, intuitive interface for creating and sharing relational databases on your own server.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $11.70

    B (

    November 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Andrew Ofstad, Emmett Nicholas, Howie Liu

  • Industries:

    Collaboration, Database, Developer Tools, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,236.60M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    49

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Figma

Figma

Figma is a browser-based design tool for team collaboration.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $10.00

    B (

    April 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Dylan Field, Evan Wallace

  • Industries:

    Developer Tools, Graphic Design, Software, UX Design, Web Design

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $333.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    30

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OutSystems

OutSystems

OutSystems helps enterprises have a new competitive advantage by allowing them to rapidly develop, deploy, and manage enterprise-grade apps.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $9.50

    B (

    June 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Boston

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Paulo Rosado, Rui Pereira

  • Industries:

    Data Integration, Developer Platform, Developer Tools, PaaS, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $208.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Lacework

Lacework

Lacework is an automated compliance checking plug-in for cloud builders that protects your infrastructure from vulnerabilities and security threats.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $8.30

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Jose

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Mike Speiser, Sanjay Kalra, Vikram Kapoor

  • Industries:

    Cloud Security, Compliance, Cyber Security, Developer Tools

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,906.70M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    19

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Postman

Postman

Postman is the collaboration platform for API development. Designed to integrate seamlessly with the tools you already use, Postman helps you and your team collaborate faster.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.60

    B (

    June 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Abhijit Kane, Abhinav Asthana, Ankit Sobti

  • Industries:

    Developer APIs, Developer Tools, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $433.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    8

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BrowserStack

BrowserStack

BrowserStack is a software testing platform that powers over two million tests per day across 15 data centers worldwide.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.00

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Ireland

  • City:

    Dublin

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Nakul Aggarwal, Ritesh Arora

  • Industries:

    Cloud Infrastructure, Developer Tools, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $250.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Contentful

Contentful

Contentful offers a headless content management system that helps organizations deliver content across channels.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Paolo Negri, Sascha Konietzke

  • Industries:

    Cloud Computing, Content, Developer Tools, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $331.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    18

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LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly is a feature management platform that allows software development teams to deliver to their customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Oakland

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Edith Harbaugh, John Kodumal

  • Industries:

    Developer Tools, Software, Test and Measurement

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $330.34M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph provides universal code search for developers and companies so they can innovate faster and manage billions of lines of code.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.62

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Beyang Liu, Quinn Slack

  • Industries:

    Developer Platform, Developer Tools, Software

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $660.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Netlify

Netlify

Netlify is a web development tool that automates code to build and deploy sites and web applications.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    November 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Christian Bach, Mathias Biilmann Christensen

  • Industries:

    Cloud Computing, Developer Tools, Web Development, Web Hosting

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $211.87M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    18

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Harness

Harness

Harness is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables engineering and DevOps teams to effortlessly deploy code into production.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.70

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Jyoti Bansal, Rishi Singh

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Delivery, Developer Tools, Machine Learning, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $195.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    12

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CircleCI

CircleCI

CircleCI is a continuous integration and delivery platform for automating development and IT operations procedures.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.70

    B (

    May 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Allen Rohner, Paul Biggar

  • Industries:

    Cloud Computing, Developer Tools, Information Technology, PaaS, Productivity Tools, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $312.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    11

  • Number of investors:

    23

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Copado

Copado

Copado is an end-to-end native DevOps platform built for Salesforce.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    September 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Federico Larsen, Philipp Rackwitz

  • Industries:

    Collaboration, Developer Platform, Developer Tools, IT Management, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $276.05M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Contrast Security

Contrast Security

Contrast Security is a modernized application security, embedding code analysis, and attack prevention directly into the software.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    November 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Los Altos

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Arshan Dabirsiaghi, Jeff Williams

  • Industries:

    Cloud Security, Cyber Security, Developer Tools, Enterprise Applications, Security

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $269.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Mux

Mux

Mux is a video platform designed to make video streaming and analytics possible for every development team.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Adam Brown, Jon Dahl, Matt McClure, Steve Heffernan

  • Industries:

    Analytics, Developer APIs, Developer Tools, Video, Video Streaming

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $173.92M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    28

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Sentry

Sentry

Sentry provides developers and DevOps engineers with a platform that monitors application performance in real time to help them catch bugs faster than ever before.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Chris Jennings, David Cramer

  • Industries:

    Application Performance Management, Developer Tools, Real Time, Software, Web Apps

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $126.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    6

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TrueLayer

TrueLayer

TrueLayer is a fintech platform utilized to build financial apps that connect to bank data, verify accounts, and access transactions.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    September 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United Kingdom

  • City:

    London

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Francesco Simoneschi, Luca Martinetti

  • Industries:

    Banking, Developer Tools, Financial Services, FinTech

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $271.80M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    24

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