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Sourcegraph raises $20M to bring more live collaboration to coding

Sourcegraph raises $20M to bring more live collaboration to coding
From TechCrunch - October 6, 2017

Quinn Slack thinks were close to the future that Back to the Future II promised back in the 80sflying cars, artificial intelligence, sending rockets into space and the rest of the whole suitebut theres a way to get there even faster.

Thats why he and his co-founderBeyang Liu started Sourcegraph, a development environment for programmers thats designed to make it easier to see who is using which lines of code and where while in the development process. The notion Slack employs is that if the coding process speeds up, so does the pace of innovationand it is certainly something thats slowed down quite a bit at all the non-Facebooks, Googles and Apples of the world.

To do this, Sourcegraph says it has raised a $20 million Series A financing round led by Redpoint Ventures along with Goldcrest Capital.Scott Raney of Redpoint Ventures,who has worked with Twilio (which Id argue has some of the best documentation for introducing someone to programming), and Dan Friedland of Goldcrest Capital are joining the board of directors.

How most companies build software is broken, programmers write code in single player mode, Slack said. They fix the same bugs fixed by other developers. Salespeople havetools that help you and the salesperson that lets you collaborate.But if youre a developer you come in and spend most of your day on an editor, most people dont know whats going on. You dont see what others are writing. All the software developers you do, you go heads down a week or two and then come up for air. At Google and Facebook, its way more collaborative. Its fundamentally a different way of writing.

All this boils down to some simple tools you might expect in a lot of other professions. It means being able to easily search for code semantically, and see whos using it and where its deployedand, more importantly, whether or not someone is fixing something somewhere. By just getting everyone on the same page, Slack thinks that itll smooth out the whole process so people can focus on building, and shipping, the new bits of the products that they need. The whole thing can happen in a developers favorite editor like Sublime Text, or it can happen in the startups internal development environment.

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