BitRise, the former Y Combinator startup, describes itself as a “mobile continuous integration and delivery (CI/ CD) platform for app developers.” The company recently raised Series A funding round worth $3.2 million (£2.5 million).
The funding round was led by OpenOcean with participation from Y Combinator, Fiedler Capital, and other investors. It plans to improve the whole developer integration library with new add ons like user analytics and reporting as well as rolling out an enterprise support solution.
Bitrise is currently used by Foursquare, Fox, InVision, and Grindr, alongside over 20,000 other developers around the world. Its primary user base is in the U.S. and the U.K., with a growing presence in Japan.
On the investment, Richard Muirhead, General Partner at OpenOcean said: “Bitrise gets to the heart of some of the core challenges for mobile app developers. Bringing this level of automation to the development process, while being open source means that developers are able to focus on innovation as opposed to manual tasks.”
Y Combinator Partner, Jared Friedman, said: “Bitrise is the most open platform in the space. It’s completely extensible and lets developers use all the third party services they know and love in one beautiful interface.”
CEO Birmacher said other platforms “approach the problem with the same mindset as their web product and provide a platform where developers have to manually set up every step for their application. This gives them high customizability, but makes them face huge maintenance costs [Others] created an easy solution where they automatically set everything up for you, but from the initial setup the customizability is really limited and everything works as a black box.”