Strapi is elevating $ 31 million to maneuver his CMS to the cloud

Of French descent, the headless CMS open source star has 7 million downloads and no less than 45,000 stars on the social network GitHub.

Strapie’s French web content management system is exploding over the counter. The open source CMS has over 7 million downloads and no less than 45,000 stars on GitHub. The start-up has 25,000 customer organizations, including AT&T, eBay, Generali, Ouest France, Société Générale and Toyota. After the $ 10 million Series A completed in January 2022, the French company is already completing the $ 31 million Series B. Announced on June 23, it amounts to $ 45 million in total funds raised by the company since its founding in 2016. The operation is led by the California CRV Fund. A roundtable with both Flex Capital and several business angels: Mathias Billmann, CEO of Netlify, Nicolas Dessaigne, co-founder of Algolia, and Nat Friedman, president emeritus of GitHub. Already present during Serie A, Index Ventures is back in the pot.

A headless CMS (or headless in French), Strapi connects to a dozen frontend infrastructures, from JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, React, Vue.js, Nuxt.js or Next.js to site generators such as Gatsby or Hugo. On the database side, Strapi is configured for SQLite by default. But it can be configured for other data servers such as MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, etc.

500 customers for the Enterprise version

In mid-2020, Strapi launched a commercial distribution of its CMS. Named Strapi Enterprise Edition (EE), it enriches the community version with a role-based access control system (RBAC) and a support portal. Its entry price: 9 euros per user per month. In its most advanced release, it includes a single sign-on (SSO) service based on Okta, Microsoft Active Directory, or SAML. For now, Strapi EE has 500 customers, which is 50% more than in 2021.

“We will start with the first cloud region in the United States, knowing that we are considering several regions around the world in the long run.”

Looking for about 750 external collaborators, Strapi continues to develop its open source edition in parallel. The application has multiplied new features in recent months: multilingual support, introduction of a library for media content management (images and videos), release of version 4 of the CMS, which aims to be both more efficient and stable. Another development: market opening. It offers an offer of sixty add-ons that target various issues: SEO optimization, menu customization, calendar management, comment moderation, implementation of alternative content editors, graph management, image format management, payments… Everything is free.

Optimize your editing experience

Strapie’s latest fundraiser will mainly be used to develop a cloud-based version of the CMS. “Strapi Cloud will allow us to relieve the maintenance of IT infrastructure. This is a request made by many of our clients, ”says Pierre Burgy, CEO of the Parisian publisher, before he confided in us:“ We are counting on the 2023 edition. “The cost of the solution should be based on the number of users, the volume of API requests, but also the bandwidth and amount of data related to images and videos.” We will start with the first Cloud region in the United States. world “, adds the executive director.

CMS versions for communities and businesses will obviously continue to evolve. “After a lot of work on the developer-oriented experience, we now want to improve the editing experience related to content management, collaboration and publishing workflows,” says JDN Pierre Burgy.

With 70 employees today, Strapi intends to increase to 110 by the end of the year. There are mainly two profiles in demand: salespeople on the one hand, and development engineers on the other. Even if his holding company is based in the United States, and the workforce is distributed in 15 countries and four continents, Strapi remains French in his DNA, and most of his workforce remains in France. As for its three co-founders, they are French: Pierre Burgy, its CEO, Aurélien Georget, its Chief Product Officer, and Jim Laurie, its Chief Customer Success Director.

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