Ottawa based gadgetA developer productivity company founded by two former Shopify employees has raised $8.5 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Sequoia Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners, including OpenAI co-founder and CTO Greg Brockman, Klarna’s CTO Koen Koppen, Solmaz Shahlizadeh, Head of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify, and more. ,
Founded in 2020 by Harry Brundage and Muhammad Hashmi, Gadget aims to provide a way for ecommerce app developers to cut down on the time it takes to write code. The platform allows developers to build and scale apps more efficiently by allowing them to leave busy tasks tied to their tasks.
“We started Gadget because we were trying to make a bunch of different things ourselves and were disappointed with how long it took to get anything off the ground,” CEO Brundage told Nerdshala in an interview. “It is frustrating to spend weeks and weeks trying to launch and prepare these things. We thought a lot of other people had the same problem and we wanted to create something that would solve it.”
Gadget bundles tools, libraries, APIs and best practices needed by developers into a single experience. It allows developers to define their data models and write code while accessing a set of advanced primitives, such as built-in state machines, automatic access control, instant API generation, and integration to other SaaS platforms.
In terms of recent funding, Gadget has used it to publicly launch its serverless stack and make connections to third-party APIs, beginning with Shopify. Brundage and Hashmi initially plan to focus on the ecommerce giant to leverage their product and engineering expertise with the company.
“We are going to put the money to use hiring a more amazing and bigger team and then provide as many features as we can,” Brundage said.
With regards to the future, Brundage and Hashmi hope to build a long-lasting company that makes it easier to develop critical software. Brundage notes that there are many potentially useful devices that haven’t been made yet and that the company hopes Gadget can bring those devices to life.
“Software development is approaching a critical point,” Mike Vernal, a partner at Sequoia, said in a statement. “As we expect more from the software we use, developers need more than just the tools they build to keep pace with the demands. Gadget’s platform has been able to build scalable software incredibly rapidly. delivers on the promise of helping ecommerce developers.”