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Company News : Node.js StrongLoop Raises $8 Million
on 2013/9/18 7:40:15 (764 reads)
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StrongLoop, the company behind Node.js, has closed a $8 million Series A round led by investors Shasta Ventures and Ignition Partners. Along with the funding, StrongLoop announced that Issac Roth has joined as CEO. Roth is a former Red Hat executive and visionary behind Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service. He joins StrongLoop founders Ben Noordhuis and Bert Belder who are top contributors to Node.js. Jason Pressman of Shasta Ventures and Nick Sturiale from Ignition Partners have joined the StrongLoop board of Directors. The new financing will be used to expand engineering, product and marketing efforts.

Additionally, StrongLoop announced today the general availability of LoopBack™, an open source mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaaS) based on Node.js that can be deployed either in the datacenter or in the cloud. LoopBack was developed with the advice of leading web companies such as LinkedIn who built their mobile backends on Node.js.

"Node.js, not Java or Ruby, is the language to use when you want to connect mobile devices to many different types of data sources," said Kiran Prasad, Sr. Director of Mobile Engineering at LinkedIn. "Mobile developers who already know JavaScript can quickly implement Node. This means the same developer can code the front and backend of the application."

JavaScript is the most commonly known programming language. Node.js allows JavaScript to be used on the server. Only four years old, Node.js has already been downloaded millions of times in 2013 and is one of the most popular projects on GitHub ahead of jQuery, HTML5 and Ruby on Rails. LoopBack is part of StrongLoop Suite, a complete solution for developing, deploying, scaling and managing Node.js.

About StrongLoop:

StrongLoop is based in San Mateo, CA and employs over 30 developers working on Node.js. The company is backed by Ignition Partners and Shasta Ventures and includes Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus (previously MySQL) as an advisor. StrongLoop develops StrongLoop Suite, a leading Mobile API Tier along with being the primary code contributor to Node.js. StrongLoop Suite adds to Node.js with an open source private mBaaS, certified modules, an operations console and cluster management capabilities. 

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