Strappy raises $31 million for its ‘headless’ CMS platform – Meczyki.Net

Strapi, an open source content management system (CMS), today announced that it has raised $31 million in Series B funding led by CRV, with participation from angel investors including Flex Capital, Index Ventures and former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman. Along with the capital, CEO Pierre Bergi told Meczyki.Net that the plan is to launch a new product, Strappy Cloud, while bringing in additional technology and solutions partners and developing the Strappy project further.

Strappy has its origins in software that Burgi, Aurelian Georgette and Jim Lowry created together while working as freelance developers in college. Troubled by the limitations of traditional frameworks and CMSs, many of which weren’t developed with mobile websites in mind, they decided to create their own solution, Strappy, to use for customers’ projects.

Burgie, Georgette and Laurie published Strappy on GitHub in 2015. “For us, making the project open source was a no-brainer,” Burgi said in an email interview. “We were using a lot of open source software, and we believed collaboration would lead to better software. Most of our customers wanted their CMS to be hosted on their own servers; customization capabilities only through source-code access. were possible.”

In the beginning, Strappy was a mix between an API and a framework for building CMS. The name “strappy” is, in fact, a creative abbreviation for the phrase “bootstrap your API”. Today, Strapi allows developers to connect and manage various databases, frontend frameworks, and static site generators. Users can run Strapi on a server and connect to Strapi’s admin interface, using APIs that rely on the frontend to retrieve content from Strapi.

Strapi’s Content Management Dashboard.

“There is considerable confusion and overlap between CMS, knowledge management, and enterprise wiki software,” Burgi said. “These platforms were always viewed by users as isolated solutions because of their distinctive technical architecture. They were perceived by what they were, rather than what they achieved. This is changing.”

From Burgi’s perspective, Strappy — competing with Contentful, StoryBlocks, and Sanity — addresses some key issues, such as the lack of adaptability to custom use cases. To address other perceived limitations, the Strapi team has in recent months launched features such as Strapi Market, which provides a library of integrations with third-party platforms.

Acknowledging that Strappy isn’t perfect, Burgi said that the near-term goal is to channel resources toward the content editing experience, which includes pre-built templates, publishing workflows, rich text editors and custom fields, as well as personalization, Includes plugins for visualization. , and ecommerce. Work is also underway on Strappy Cloud, a fully managed Strappy service that will let customers launch a project locally, customize it to their needs, and deploy it on the web.

Strappy Cloud is about to become generally available next year. It’s in beta right now.

“With the pandemic, a lot of businesses facing uncertainty were forced to adapt by moving online. On the other hand, individuals are consuming more online content than ever before and they also need to adapt to the reality of remote working,” said Burgi. “As a result, companies are increasingly focusing on an overall holistic experience for all stakeholders. Strappy helps with that process by providing a more versatile and composable platform to help companies future-proof their applications. and provides a consistent experience across channels for all users.”

In addition to the thousands of open source users, Burgi says that Stripe has 450 paying customers including AT&T, eBay, IBM and Toyota, and government agencies in the US and Europe. The company’s workforce is at 70 employees; Burgi expects this to increase to 110 by the end of the year.

To date, Strapi has raised $45 million.