Strapi raises € 9.1 million to boost its open source headless CMS

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.

Content management software has to juggle the variety of devices that access web pages, from smartphones to connected watches and large format displays. The French start-up Strapi, which has just raised € 9.1 million, has taken on this complexity by developing a headless CMS, literally “headless” CMS which decorrelates the back-end from the front-end by delivering the content through an API based on Node.JS. It is therefore independent of the front-end tools that can be freely chosen by the developers, who turn to React, Angular, Next.js, Gatsby, Vue.js or Nuxt.js. This type of architecture that separates the front-end from the CMS is known as JAMstack (JavaScript, API and Markup). In this landscape, headless CMS based on an API linking to content take control. Strapi is an open source solution published under MIT license which already relies on an active community of 400 contributors (13,000 code submissions) and displays a million downloads and more than 300 plugins published on npm (node ​​package manager). There are more than 4,000 projects related to Strapi on GitHub.

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.