Buddybuild raises $10 mln in KPCB-led Series A financing

Canadian mobile app development platform Buddybuild has secured about $10 million (US$7.6 million) in a Series A financing. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), a U.S. venture capital firm. It was joined by the company’s existing backers, which include Amplify Partners, Bloomberg BetaFirst Round Capital and several angel investors. Founded in October 2015 by CEO Dennis Pilarinos and Engineers Christopher Stott and Johnny Ting Shi, Vancouver-based Buddybuild has created technology that improves the development workflow used by mobile app developers.

Photo: Dennis Pilarinos, co-founder and CEO of Buddybuild.


Buddybuild Announces Series A Funding Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

Creator of mobile app development platform announces $7.6USD million to fuel growth and fundamentally improve the way apps are created; launches new Instant Replay Feature and integration with Atlassian Bitbucket.


Buddybuild, a leader in continuous integration and delivery for mobile applications, today made a series of announcements, including a $7.6USD million Series A funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and with participation from all pre-existing investors, including Amplify Partners, Bloomberg Beta and First Round Capital.

“Driven by a global demand for mobile apps, tooling for mobile app development is undergoing major innovation. The space is so ripe for innovation. It’s clear that mobile is where we do most of our computing, but existing solutions in this space are an inhibitor to a team’s desire to iterate quickly. Today, teams resign themselves to retrofitting legacy web infrastructure which wasn’t designed to meet the unique requirements of building a mobile app,” said Mike Abbott, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.

“Buddybuild is central to this shift. It’s leading the creation of a new market segment with a seamless development platform that lets developers bridge their build, test, deploy and feedback processes. From the first time we saw their technology — far superior to anything else available to developers — we knew we wanted to back Dennis and the team at buddybuild. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to release features that mobile developers finding game changing.”

Launched in October 2015, buddybuild fundamentally improves the development workflow used by all mobile app developers. A first-of-its-kind service, buddybuild provides a seamless continuous integration, continuous delivery, user feedback and crash reporting solution for mobile teams.

Thousands of mobile development teams love buddybuild because it’s the fastest way to distribute apps to users and gather bug reports, feedback and crash reports. Then, incorporate that information back into their development process. With a simple screenshot, testers can send their feedback along with important diagnostic details back to the development team. This provides the team with perfect insight into bugs and enables them to iterate on their app faster than ever — knowing that they’re building an app that their users will love.

Expanding on the already robust crash reporting functionality of buddybuild — which records crashes, frequency, affected users, and traces back to the exact line of culpable source code — the company is today launching Instant Replay.

With Instant Replay, developers can watch a video replay of their users’ interactions with their app in the moments leading up to a crash. Instant Replay answers a common question amongst development teams — “how did that happen?” — by showing the exact set of steps needed to reproduce the crash a user experienced.

Lastly, buddybuild is also today announcing a new integration with Atlassian Bitbucket Pipelines, a continuous integration service built for web applications.

By integrating with buddybuild’s continuous integration, continuous delivery, user feedback and crash reporting platform — Bitbucket Pipelines developers get a truly comprehensive solution for building, testing and deploying mobile apps and their web and service underpinnings.

“Atlassian is thrilled to integrate buddybuild in Bitbucket Pipelines,” said Bryant Lee, Head of Ecosystem for Software Teams at Atlassian. “The integration of mobile-first buddybuild improves upon the all-too-common, interrupt-driven developer workflow and helps streamline app development across both web and mobile.”

Both the Instant Replay feature and the integration with Atlassian Bitbucket Pipelines are consistent with buddybuild’s mission of helping developers everywhere ship better apps, faster.

“At buddybuild, we’re squarely focused on creating a comprehensive build, test, deploy and user feedback platform that developers love, and use to build better apps, faster,” said Dennis Pilarinos, Founder and CEO of buddybuild. “The three announcements we’re making today fall right in line with our mission. We’re humbled to secure our Series A from Kleiner Perkins and have all of our existing investors participate in this round of financing. It means we have the resources to grow and support developers everywhere. Instant Replay is going to save our users countless hours of tedious debugging and integrating with Atlassian Bitbucket Pipelines broadens buddybuild’s reach to Atlassian users and affords them a truly seamless solution across web and mobile.”

What customers are saying about buddybuild:

“It’s normally quite a chore to get CI and automated tests running. More so on mobile which ultimately has different needs across platforms. Tool chain, custom scripts, device labs, and build performance all become pain points to resolve even if you have experienced engineers to work on it. If you don’t have resources it can take weeks or months of lost productivity and quality,” said Kenneth Toley, Director of Quality Product Engineering at Dictionary.com. “BuddyBuild provides a push button solution which I personally was able to use to get builds, unit tests, and instrumented tests running in about hour. All the deliberation about tools, and waiting for CI was over. The best part, no big distractions for the dev team with a release date looming. If you need to develop and test mobile apps, do yourself a favor and use BuddyBuild!”

“BuddyBuild is without question the best mobile focused build tool available, but it goes so much further than being just a CI tool,” said Scott Bates, Senior iOS Engineer at Whistle Labs. “The suite of features surrounding it like their beta user feedback tool, Jira integration, crash logs that show you the actual code in context, and even pre-building against new XCode releases make the decision to use BuddyBuild an easy one that I recommend every developer should make.”

“Building, testing, and shipping mobile apps has historically been a complex process that required many disparate tools and platforms. No other developer platform improves our workflow like buddybuild — it’s a game changer,” said Mathew Spolin, Head of Mobile & IoT at AppDirect. “Mobile app developers really owe it to themselves to start using buddybuild today.”
“Implementing, improving and maintaining your Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment servers is a full time job. We wanted to minimise this labour as much as we could, and after trying out several services we ended up loving Buddybuild,” said Luis Ascorbe, iOS Lead at Wallapop. “It accomplishes all our requirements, and without spending hours to set up, it works like magic. Seriously, do yourself a favour and try it out.”

About buddybuild:
Buddybuild is the only mobile continuous integration and delivery platform that takes just minutes to set up. With every code change, buddybuild will kick off a new build and run any tests for your app. Then, with a simple screenshot, testers can send their feedback along with diagnostic details to help resolve issues. Stop cobbling together and maintaining disparate mobile development systems. Start focusing on what you do best: creating apps people love! For more information, please visit http://www.buddybuild.com

Photo courtesy of Buddybuild