Selections: DevTech- For Coders and Non Coders

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2016 founded, $36.5m raised, 150+ employees, The Netherlands-based

Client snapshot:

Atlanta United FC, City of Amsterdam, Clifford Chance

What do they do?

Betty Blocks is a cloud-based SaaS Low Code Application Platform (LCAP) designed to develop software applications without manual programming. The open and scalable application development platform allows the building and modification of applications using templates without coding.

Why we’re interested?

The days of needing to learn how to code are over with the rise of no code development platforms, such as Betty Blocks. Betty Blocks allows citizen developers (the non-coders among us) to create web applications via a drag and drop interface. The platform is approved and controlled by IT, preventing shadow IT and building the gap between IT folk and the rest of the business. 

Betty Blocks has recently raised $33m in August 2021, led by SmartFin, and are recognised as an industry leader by Forrester’s Research ‘Low Code Development Platform for Business Developers, Q4 2021’. They also hold the aspirational goal that by 2023 they will enable anyone (and lets ho ho ho hope they really mean anyone) to build an application. Looks like they are nearly there!

2019 founded, $1.2m raised, 25-50 employees, US-based

Client snapshot:

American Navy, Government of Bermuda, KPMG, United States Parachute Association

What do they do?

Plant an App is a low code cloud-based platform designed to facilitate rapid development and deployment of web applications. The platform provides information technology teams with the speed of low code development without compromising flexibility, thereby enabling businesses to create, edit, and manage web apps online with little to no coding knowledge.

Why we’re interested

This one is a (Christmas) cracker for the coders and non-coders among us… Plant an App is a no-code and low-code platform, allowing the non-technicals to quickly and easily build web apps, while also allowing developers to tweak and alter the applications through their coding superpowers. The platform supports a range of programming languages, tools and cloud services such as JavaScript, SQL, Powershell, Razor, AWS, Azure and Git. 

Plant an App is used by a range of sectors including Financial, Healthcare, Government, IoT, Associations, Education and Non-Profit. They raised a $1m Seed round in January 2021 and received a grant from InnovX BCR in December 2021.

201founded, $14.3m raised, 10-25 employees, US-based

Client snapshot:

Ably, Airbus, Biba, Yahoo

What do they do?

QuestDB is a SQL open-source time-series database designed to process time-series data, quickly. The database is built on a single general-purpose AWS to execute multiple queries under a second on a 1.6bn row dataset. It also ingests data via PostgresSQL wire protocol, Influx line protocol, or directly from Java, enabling companies to leverage real-time data processing.

Why we’re interested

QuestDB helps enterprises handle enormous amounts of data, reduce hardware costs, contain operation complexity, and decrease development costs. QuestDB integrates with Postgres, Grafana, Kafka, Python, Pandas, Telegraf, Tableau and Metabase and its platform is cloud native (AWS, Azure, GCP), on premise or embedded. 

QuestDB have won multiple awards including Y Combinator S20, InfoWorld’s 2020 Best of OSS Award Winner, Accel’s #Open100, and recently raised a $12m Series A led by 468 Capital in November 2021. It also appears to be a promising and growing area, as time series databases are crucial for certain industries relying on time-stamped data, such as the financial services industry, IoT and other enterprise applications. It’ll be great to see how QuestDB continues to snow as a company … whoops, sorry grow.

201founded, $47.3m raised, 50-100 employees, US-based

Client snapshot:

Undisclosed

What do they do?

Universe is a mobile-based website builder for the social media era, replacing complicated templates for easily customisable website “filters” that pin trendy designs to a grid pattern where users can drag and drop photos, videos, icons to build up a mobile-optimised website in minutes on the company’s iOS app.

Why we’re interested

Universe enables anyone to create a website from an iPhone, iPad or Mac, using simple building blocks that can be assembled via drag and drop. It gives businesses control over their online store with product and inventory management tools. The app includes site analytics, customer domain and email support and mailing list features.

CEO and Founder, Joseph Cohen, has previous experience as a startup Founder having founded Edtech platform Lore. Also Cohen’s presents saw Universe pivot through various iterations of the company before growing into the product it is today. The team recently raised a $30m Series B in December 2021, led by Addition.

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