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ReleaseHub nabs $2.7M seed to give developers on-demand environments

Every developer relies on environments like testing, placing and production as they build application, but constructing them can be a time-consuming operation. ReleaseHub, an early stage startup that was part of the Y Combinator Winter 2020 cohort, wants to change that by providing a service to see environments available on demand.

Today, the company announced a $2.7 million seed, and also announced that service is generally available while they were at it. Sequoia conducted the round with participation from Y Combinator, Rogue VC, Liquid Capital and unnamed angel investors.

Company co-founder and CEO Tommy McClung says that every developer in the world has to use environments in their development workflow, but it remains for the most part a manual process.

” All of those environments are incredibly difficult to build. So their own problems we’re solving is the ability to create those on ask. Instead of having to have a DevOps team that is responsible for managing, create and sustain them, the software does that and you are eligible to instantaneously start them ,” McClung told me.

The service is integrated into GitHub and BitBucket, so you can build the environments on the fly as you need them based on templates for the various type.” The real value that we’re bringing to the table here is that we’re bringing that together in an approximately virtualized lane so that you can reproduce these environments on challenge ,” he said.

McClung who has been working in technology for over 20 times says this is a problem he’s seen over and over again at the various fellowships he’s worked at over the years. After running engineering at TrueCar, his most recent company, he decided to build a startup to solve the problem once and for all.

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He notes that this is the second time he’s been a YC company and while the sizing and scope of the operation has changed since he last participated in 2009, the process remains much the same. For starters, there were 20 firms involved back then and over 200 this time around, but he says by breaking it down into smaller groups, it cured compose the same feel.

The company launched at the beginning of last year, and depleted last year building the produce and working with design marriages and beta clients ahead of today’s release. The proposal is to offer a subscription assistance where companies offer by the number of environments they create.

ReleaseHub currently has 10 hires includes the three founders with plans to add more, extremely engineers to help continue building out the solution and supplementing more strata of functionality. As he does this, McClung says bring back a diverse group of employees is most important for the founding team.

” I convey I’ve been building corporations for a very long time and it has to be embedded into the DNA of the company at the extremely earliest stages, so making sure that you have diverse talent[ from the beginning ],” he said.

He says the scheme is to stay 100% remote even after bureaux open again.” We were forced into being remote and actually we realized it operate really well for us. You know in a lot of ways it’s advantageous for work-life balance ,” he said.

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