Fiberplane, an Amsterdam-based early stage start-up that is developing collective note pads for SREs (site dependability engineers) to collaborate around an incident in a similar manner to group editing in a Google Doc, announced a EUR 7.5 M (approximately $8.8 million USD) seed round today.

The round was co-led by Crane Venture Partners and Concept Capital with participation from Northzone, System.One and Basecase Capital.

Micha Hernandez van Leuffen (known as Mies) is creator and CEO at Fiberplane. When his previous startup, Werker was offered to Oracle in 2017, Hernandez van Leuffen became part of a much bigger business where he saw people struggling to handle failures (which take place at every company).

“We were constantly going back and forth in between logs, metrics and traces, what I constantly call this sort of witch hunt, and finding out what was the underlying source of a blackout or downtime,” Hernandez van Leuffen told me.

He said that this experience resulted in a couple of essential insights about incident response: First, you required a centralized place to pull all the event information together, and secondly that as a dispersed team managing a dispersed system you required to collaborate in real time, often throughout various time zones.

When he left Oracle in August 2020, he began thinking about the concept of offering DevOps groups and SREs the same type of group editing capabilities that other teams inside a company have with tools like Google Docs or Concept and a concept for his new business started to take shape.

What he created with Fiberplane is a collective notebook for SRE’s to pull in the various data types and start to work together to deal with the event, while having a natural audit trail of what happened and how they fixed the problem. Various individuals can participate in this note pad, just as several individuals can edit a Google Doc, satisfying that initial vision.

Fiberplane incident response notebook with various types of data about the incident.

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Today the business has 13 staff members and is growing, and as they do, they are checking out ways to make sure they are developing a diverse business, taking a look at concrete strategies to find more varied candidates.

“To work with diversely, we’re re-examining our top of the funnel processes. Our efforts consist of posting our tasks in communities of underrepresented people, running our task descriptions through a gender decoder and facilitating a bigger time frame for tasks to stay open,” Elena Boroda, marketing supervisor at Fiberplane stated.

While Hernandez van Leuffen is based in Amsterdam, the company has actually been hiring individuals in the UK, Berlin, Copenhagen and the United States, he stated. The plan is to have Amsterdam as a main hub when offices resume as most of staff members are located there.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.