The French start-up Strapi has been developing for over 3 years a back-end CMS API to centralize and facilitate the management of web content which has become more and more complex. It has just raised € 9.1 million from Index Ventures with the participation of independent investors including managers from Kong and Sentry.
The € 9.1 million Series A round was led by Index Ventures, with the participation of independent investors, specialists in open source, including Augusto Marietti, CEO and CTO of Kong (hybrid cloud connectivity), and Marco Palladino, Sentry CTO (APM solutions). This financing comes 6 months after an initial seed funding of € 3.7 million carried out with Accel and Stride. Strapi was created in 2016 in Paris by Pierre Burgy, its CEO, Aurélien Georget, product director, and Jim Laurie, technical director. With their API extended by an administration interface, the team wants to make the web faster and more secure by controlling costs to facilitate the management of web content in a context where sites are struggling to absorb increasing volumes at manipulate.
Grow the community
With the funds raised, Strapi intends above all to grow the community that supports it and develop the most requested features on the public roadmap of his product. The start-up also plans to redouble its efforts on its tutorials. The architecture of its headless CMS is designed around a plug.in system and the team created a React component, Buffet.js, to allow other plug.in to be created on the same basis. We must also strengthen efforts on this plug.in system, explains Strapi.
Two versions of the product are available: a community version and an Enterprise version. To establish a sustainable business model, the open source editor will also develop a set of paid functionalities, also provided in the form of plugins, to help marketing and product teams master the management of their content on a large scale. In this area, Stapi recently established a partnership with Platform.sh which allows you to manage large fleets of websites.
The French start-up also intends to establish itself across the Atlantic by opening its first office in San Francisco where it recruited Victor Coisne, former head of the Docker community, as vice president of marketing.