HackerOne buys YC-backed PullRequest to add code review to bug fixing platform

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PullRequesta five-year-old startup that came out of Y Combinator in 2017, helps software developers by providing an external code review team. This not only helps to find bugs in the code that may have been missed, but also helps to identify security vulnerabilities before the software goes into production.

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Perhaps that is why HackerOnebug-finding company, today acquired PullRequest.

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If you look at what HackerOne has traditionally done, it hires security experts to look for bugs in programs that can have a big impact if not found. PullRequest extends this capability with a group of qualified code reviewers who can spot a bug before it even hits production.

HackerOne CTO Alex Rice sees a shift towards developers when it comes to security, and the PullRequest acquisition gives him and his clients direct access to the development cycle.

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“The trend we’re seeing with many of our customers is a real shift towards developers taking on a lot more responsibility for security than in the past, and I’m very encouraged by this trend. I deeply believe that the future of building trusted technologies is developer-centric security practices,” Rice told me.

He said that the vast majority of the bugs HackerOne found came after the software was already in production, and while developers want to create more secure software, it’s not always easy to have the necessary authorities to do so. This is where PulRequest can help.

“We have the intent for developers to start taking more responsibility for security, but this gap between what they would like to find and what they can find, so the role of PullRequests here is to bring the security experience to developer workflow where it matters most,” he said.

Rice says he was initially unaware that PullRequest considered security vulnerabilities as part of the service when he approached PullRequest founder and CEO Lyal Avery last September about a possible partnership before realizing they were in fact competing. . But shortly thereafter, the two companies entered into a discussion that ended in an acquisition.

According to Crunchbase, PullRequest launched in 2017 and raised almost $13 million. The last promotion was Serie A for $8 million in 2018. Avery says he has a network of 10,000 verified reviewers, of which about 1,000 are active. All 12 employees moved to HackerOne.

The deal was closed last week. Neither company discloses the purchase price.


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