Pusher, the London startup that gives instruments and cloud infrastructure for builders so as to add real-time performance to their apps, akin to push notifications and messages, has pulled in $eight million in Series A funding. The spherical was led by London VC agency Balderton Capital, with participation from Heavybit, the San Francisco-based investor that specialises in serving to developer product firms scale.
Founded in 2011 — off the again of a modest $1 million in seed funding — Pusher goals to considerably decrease the obstacles for builders who need to construct real-time options into their web sites and apps. This was initially delivered by way of a basic goal realtime API and supporting cloud infrastructure, enabling app builders to extra simply construct issues like wealthy push notifications, stay content material updates, and varied real-time collaboration and communication options.
However, extra lately the corporate has started rolling out extra choices devoted to particular real-time performance. The first of these is Chatkit, an API and SDK supposed to do a lot of the heavy lifting required to add chat functionality to an app or service.
In a name, Pusher co-founder Max Williams informed me the startup’s Series A might be used to proceed constructing new developer merchandise and to determine a much bigger presence within the U.S. in order that it may be nearer to prospects.
Pusher already has a small workforce understanding of Heavybit’s San Francisco workplace, however in step with development it plans to finally arrange a much bigger workplace on the West Coast and goals to have as much as 30 individuals working within the U.S. by the top of the 12 months. These might be in gross sales, advertising and buyer help.
In addition, a big quantity might be invested in R&D, too, with Pusher’s personal London-based engineering workforce being bolstered accordingly. Pusher at present employs 60 individuals.
To that finish, Williams says that the brand new capital will allow Pusher to maneuver rather a lot sooner, in recognition that the real-time developer device house has not solely grown exponentially in the previous couple of years however can also be changing into extra aggressive. He feels that for Pusher to totally benefit from the chance forward, natural development — and in flip the corporate rising on the similar tempo as income — wasn’t going to chop it. Prior to this spherical of funding the startup had solely raised $2.5 million in debt along with its unique $1 million seed spherical.
Meanwhile, Pusher says that greater than 200,000 builders worldwide are utilizing Pusher’s merchandise and greater than 40 billion messages per day are actually despatched utilizing APIs offered by the corporate, “connecting more than eight billion devices per month”. Customers embody The New York Times, which makes use of Pusher for updating its realtime information feeds; Mailchimp, which makes use of it for inner collaboration instruments; and DraftKings, which makes use of Pusher for updating its realtime leaderboards.