SaaS company receives $27M in funding
|Christian Hargrave in Programming Monday, November 15, 2021|
Swimm, the SaaS company receives $27M in funding which was led by Insight Partners and other participants included Dawn Capital, Pitango First, and TAU Ventures. They also announced the launch of an open beta so teams can use Swimm's platform for free to create documentation and promote development.
Swimm announced a $27.6 million Series A funding round to enable engineering teams to create documentation that is always up to date. The round, which brings Swimm's total funding to $33.3 million, was led by New York-based global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners, with participation from Dawn Capital, alongside existing seed investors Pitango First and TAU Ventures. With this latest investment, the company also announced the launch of an open beta, which grants free access to any team that wants to use Swimm's platform to create continuous documentation and promote development velocity and agility.
Swimm, the SaaS company receives $27M in funding
According to a recent Google report, teams with high-quality documentation saw their software delivery and operational performance improve by a factor of 2.4, yet only 1 in 4 developers reported having access to documentation of this caliber. Using Swimm's technology, teams can radically simplify the process of creating, finding, and maintaining relevant documentation as part of the existing development workflows. Swimm makes sure that documentation is always up-to-date by introducing "live" code snippets that auto-sync with changes to the codebase. The platform also gives developers access to documentation like tutorials, guides, and walkthroughs in a secure Web App, or right inside their current development environment, with support for VS Code and JetBrains IDEs, and provides a Github app that automatically verifies that documents are up to date, making Swimm's integration in the development cycle seamless.
"Swimm is redefining developers' relationship with documentation, transforming it from a tedious task that requires heavy investment and rarely pays off, into a seamless part of the CI process. By allowing developers to effortlessly create and maintain documentation, as well as improving discoverability, Swimm becomes an impactful and powerful tool for teams," said Oren Toledano, CEO, and Co-founder of Swimm.
The current unprecedented influx of capital is allowing startups to quickly scale their teams, with many companies doubling their headcount in a year. This growth introduces a host of challenges related to onboarding, communication, and knowledge sharing between team members. Hyper-growth cloud security unicorn Orca Security turned to Swimm to address these challenges while raising more than $500 million and growing their team to over 200 employees in recent months. "Swimm has been a game-changer for us while we experienced exponential growth over the past year. The platform has been embraced by our development team, who love it and have incorporated it into their daily workflow. Swimm helped ensure faster and more efficient onboarding for new developers by improving knowledge sharing across the team, and also boosted productivity and led to better engineering processes," said Avi Shua, CEO of Orca Security.
"We are happy to help teams of all sizes share knowledge more efficiently. Whether it's Unicorns, like Orca Security, up-and-coming startups, or open-source projects, all have a need for code-related information to flow freely across the team and organization. Swimm enables developers to understand code and quickly contribute to the team. By lowering entry barriers, we can allow a more diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and levels of experience to take part and make coding more inclusive in the process," said Omer Rosenbaum, CTO, and Co-founder of Swimm.
"Swimm's rapid growth and widespread adoption by small startups and high growth ScaleUps alike is a testament to the extraordinary value customers are getting from their highly differentiated product. Swimm has created a new category, continuous documentation, that addresses a productivity and collaboration pain point that has existed for software developers for decades, and then goes beyond. Swimm is a rocket ship, and we're excited to be on board," said Lonne Jaffe, Managing Director at Insight Partners.
"Last year, over $180 billion was invested in private cloud companies, a 10x increase since 2010. Behind every venture dollar invested, is an engineering team, large or small, struggling with out-of-date, messy documentation which lives outside of the development workflow. With Swimm, Oren, Omer, Gilad, and Tom have built a unique product that has turned the developer's headache into a business' competitive advantage. We are thrilled to partner with them on this journey and to welcome more teams to Swimm's beta," said Evgenia Plotnikova, General Partner at Dawn.
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