May 23, 2022

StackBlitz, a developer-focused startup that uses WebAssembly and WebContainers to provide a complete development environment in your browser, today announced the launch of Greylock-led GV with input from GitHub co-founder Tom Preston. in the amount of 7.9 million dollars. Werner, Atspoke co-founder J. Srinivasan, and Appurify co-founder Pratyush Patnaik.

At its core, StackBlitz provides you with a complete in-browser development environment. The service currently supports continuous frameworks such as NeXT.js, NeXT, Node.js, React, and Angular. The code editor runs on a stripped-down version of Visual Studio Code, but a fully extensible and open source version of Microsoft’s code editor will soon be running in the browser, removing the limitations of the current Stackblitz editor. Developers can get started with an empty project in seconds, connect to their GitHub code repositories to work on existing projects, or even just work with their local files.

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Stackblitz was founded by Eric Simmons (CEO) and Albert Pai (CTO). If Simmons’ name sounds familiar, it’s the man who, when he was 19, sat down at AOL headquarters while he and Pye worked to build Thinkster, their first startup. Thinkster offers online programming courses and tutorials with a focus on full-stack development. Meanwhile, he realized how difficult it is to create a development environment if you want to teach someone to code. “It’s super incredible,” Simmons said. “It’s a pain in the ass. It’s a nightmare. And like, ‘How is this not resolved?’

Unsurprisingly, Stackblitz is trying to solve exactly this problem. I[At Thinkster] We’ve learned the most advanced thing browsers can do.” he explained. “And we realized that in theory it should be possible to run a development environment in a browser tab – how to run an operating system in a browser tab, so you don’t have to install something and run a server.”

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Simmons noted that the team spent three years developing the WebContainer technology, which allows this WebAssembly-based system to run in a browser tab and run in milliseconds. “It also means we can give it away for free, which is spiritually important to Albert and me given our heritage,” Simmons explains. “But we also have 2 million developers using Stack Blitz and our AWS bill is several hundred dollars because all the computing power has been moved to the edge.”

The Stackblitz team also notes that using their service improves security by making it much harder for code to get out of the browser’s sandbox. Some of Simmons attributes the service’s success in the enterprise to these built-in security features.

While Stackblitz should be a good environment for learning to code, it’s important to note that the company doesn’t directly target this market. As long as it works. Simmons says that during the beta period, Stackblitz has seen developers from over 2,000 companies on its platform and sees strong interest from Fortune 500 companies. times up to 20 people.

In terms of monetizing the service, StackBlitz follows the GitHub plan with a free service that only allows public projects and sync with public GitHub repositories, and payment ranges start at $9 per month compared to private projects. Projects are also allowed.

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