Render, the winner of our Disrupt SF 2019 Start-up Battleground, today announced that it has included another $4.5 million onto its existing seed funding round, bringing total investment into the company to $6.75 million.
The round was led by General Driver, with participation from previous investors South Park Commons Fund and a group of angels that includes Lee Fixel, Elad Gil and GitHub CTO (and former VP of Engineering at Heroku) Jason Warner.
The company, which describes itself as a “No DevOps alternative to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud,” initially raised a $2.25 million seed round in April 2019, but it got a lot of inbound interest after winning the Disrupt Battleground. In the end, however, the team chose to just raise more money from its existing financiers.
Existing Render users include Cypress.io, Mux, Bloomscape, Zelos, 99designs and Stripe.
“We talked to a lot of people after Disrupt, consisting of Ashton Kutcher’s firm, because he was among the judges,” Render co-founder and CEO Anurag Goel described. “In the end, we decided that we would simply raise more money from our existing investors due to the fact that we like them and it helped us get a better deal from our existing financiers. And they were all incredibly interested in continuing to invest.”
What makes Render stick out is that it fulfills many of the promises of Heroku and possibly Google Cloud’s App Engine. You merely inform it what type of service you are going to release and it manages the release and handles the infrastructure for you.
“Our clients are all people who are writing code. And they simply wish to deploy this code really quickly without having to worry about servers, or upkeep, or depending upon DevOps teams– or, oftentimes, employing DevOps teams,” Goel stated. “DevOps engineers are exceptionally expensive to work with and exceptionally hard to discover, specifically good ones. Our objective is to remove all of that work that DevOps individuals do at every company, because it’s very comparable at every company.”