Article: How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

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How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

Open-source software gave birth to a slew of useful software in recent years. Many of the great technologies that we use today were born out of open-source development: Android, Firefox, VLC media player, MongoDB, Linux, Docker and Python, just to name a few, with many of these also developing into very successful for-profit companies.

While there are some dedicated open-source investors such as the Apache Software Foundation incubator and OSS Capital, the majority of open-source companies will raise from traditional venture capital firms.

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Article: Germany’s Gitpod bags €11M funding for its cloud-based open-source software development platform

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Germany’s Gitpod bags €11M funding for its cloud-based open-source software development platform

Developers wastes hours in switching contexts between projects and branches, manually setting up and maintaining development environments.  Managing multiple development environments on a single computer is plenty of work on its own. As a result, millions of modern app developers, who work across many different codebases, face unnecessary “works-on-my-machine” problems.

Meet Gitpod, an online service that provides disposable, ready-to-code development environments for GitHub projects (GitLab, GitHub, and Bitbucket project).

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Article: Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

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Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

Gitpod, a cloud-based open source development environment, today revealed it has raised $13 million in a round of funding. The German startup also introduced a handful of new features, including native support for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code editor.

The raise comes amid a boom in activity in the browser-based coding sphere, as developers move away from local development environments to the collaboration-friendly cloud — particularly important in a world that has rapidly transitioned to remote work. Moreover, local development can cause problems when it comes to testing performance and security because not everyone has the same technological setup as the developer. Moving to the cloud helps circumvent many of these problems.

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