Years after crashing on Travis Kalanick’s couch, this founder has raised $18M for his startup, Mashape

For Mashape CEO Augusto Marietti, the Silicon Valley dream is having fun with out along with is perhaps imagined.

In 2009, Marietti and his cofounder Marco Palladino — who’d usual a software program program agency in Milan a yr earlier — realized of and had been accepted into TechCrunch50, a pitch opponents that has developed into right now’s massive TechCrunch Disrupt events.

As a result of the event approached, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick — then an lively angel investor who was merely beginning work on the ride-sharing service — posted an advert on Craiglist, offering his home to founders coming in from out of metropolis. Three teams responded; Kalanick chosen Marietti and Palladino, providing them a mattress room for a lot of days and, additional importantly, a lifeline to Silicon Valley after they returned home. Definitely, Marietti says he was once more in California six months later, negotiating $100,000 in convertible notes with a lot of early YouTube employees at Kalanick’s kitchen desk.

On the time, Mashape had merely $2,000 inside the monetary establishment. Fast forward, and right now, San Francisco-based Mashape has raised $28 million in funding, along with a current $18 million in Sequence B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from earlier backers Index Ventures and CRV.

It’s been a battle that has gotten easier to battle over time, as Marietti tells it.

New Enterprise Associates led a $1.5 million seed spherical in 2011, then the company “struggled and made it to the Series A,” a $6.5 million found that closed in 2013, along with with somewhat little bit of capital from Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Nevertheless Mashape’s agency’s newest spherical “happened quickly because we found a gold mine,” says Marietti of his 25-person agency. How, exactly? The company had constructed for itself an inside know-how to help navigate the API promote it began setting up years previously; in some unspecified time sooner or later, it realized that its “air traffic controller” like know-how was in all probability essentially the most helpful side of its enterprise, and it began to make it on the market to enterprises.

It was a smart pivot. Whereas early adopters like Uber understood the ability of APIs early on — don’t forget that Uber assembled its preliminary product with totally different firms’ mapping, value, and communications utilized sciences — additional typical firms had been slower to know that APIs would develop into the center of up to date utility construction.

They admire the ability of APIs now. In fact, massive firms are beginning to embrace these microservices in waves. Now they need devices that help their enchancment teams assemble versatile new software program program packages out of them — which is the place Mashape is on the market in.

It isn’t alone in tackling the issue. Apigee and Tibco’s Mashery are amongst two firms competing for the same prospects. Nevertheless, Mashape says that higher than 30 firms are at current paying it a six-figure annual subscription for its core product, Kong. Within the meantime, Marietti says the startup turned cash-flow optimistic in December.