LinearB, which bring contextual metrics to software development project management, raises $16M


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LinearB, the company behind a “software delivery intelligence” platform for developers, has raised $16 million in a series A round of funding. The raise comes after “six months of hyper growth” which has seen its customer base soar to more than 1,500 developer operations (DevOps) teams, including unicorns such as BigID and Hippo Insurance.

Founded in 2018, Los Angeles-based LinearB promises a fresh approach to software development project management and metrics, helping developer teams correlate data from their code, Git, projects, and so on, with project issues, for example. LinearB promises to bring context to the metrics, helping engineering leaders understand what is happening across a team and how they can improve things.

A key selling point is that LinearB is designed to work out-of-the-box, with minimal manual configuration — users initially sign up with their GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket accounts, after which they can connect their Jira or Clubhouse project management tools, as well as Slack for receiving automated alerts. Then LinearB highlights all the important things in a single unified view, showing developer dependencies; work that is completed, pending, or in progress; and even work that is at risk of being delayed.

Above: LinearB dashboard

Users can also dig down into the details within particular branches and pull requests, while it automatically detects if an issue status is out-of-date and updates the user’s project management tool for them.

For CTOs or engineering leads, LinearB gives a window into a team’s overall efficiency and “health,” ensuring that there is some alignment between the work that they’re doing and business objectives.

The company said that a major factor in its recent growth has been its focus on asynchronous development and collaboration tools which is particularly important as the world has transitioned to remote working over the past year.

LinearB has now raised $20.6 million in total since its inception, with Battery Ventures leading its latest series A round. While the company plans to continue offering a free version of LinearB to smaller developer teams, a large tranche of its fresh cash injection will go toward “putting LinearB in the hands of the global enterprise community,” according to the company’s cofounder and CEO Ori Keren, building on its enterprise plan which costs $45 per developer per month. This expansion will involve adding more developer tool integrations to the mix, as well as pushing out more workflow automation features.

Other players in the space include Boston-based Jellyfish, which is a similar proposition though it doesn’t advertise its pricing and seemingly doesn’t ship with a free tier. However, Jellyfish did raise a $31.5 million investment recently, and alongside the myriad other sizable VC investments into the developer tool space of late spanning universal code search, project management and issue tracking, and more, it’s clear that tools to help developers operate more efficiently are in big demand. After all, every company is now a software company.


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