Strapi gets $31M for its ‘headless’ CMS platform

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Strapi, an open source content management system (CMS), today announced it has raised $31 million in CRV-led Series B funding involving Flex Capital, Index Ventures and angel investors including former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman. CEO Pierre Bourges told TechCrunch that the plan is to launch a new Strapi Cloud product, bring in additional technology and solution partners, and continue to develop the Strapi project.

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Strapi has its roots in software that Burgi, Aurélien Georget, and Jim Laurie created together while freelance in college. Annoyed by the limitations of traditional frameworks and CMSs, many of which were not designed with mobile websites in mind, they decided to create their own Strapi solution for use on client projects.

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Burgi, Georgette, and Laurie published Strapi on GitHub in 2015. “It wasn’t difficult for us to make the project open source,” Bergi said in an email interview. “We used a lot of open source software and were convinced that collaboration would lead to better software. Most of our clients wanted to host their CMS on their own servers; customization possibilities were only possible through access to the source code.”

At the beginning, Strapi was a mixture of an API and CMS framework. The name “Strapi” is actually a creative acronym for the phrase “Bootstrap your API”. Today, Strapi allows developers to connect and manage various databases, front-end frameworks, and static site generators. Users can run Strapi on a server and connect to the Strapi admin interface, relying on an external interface to get content from Strapi using the API.

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Strapi Content Dashboard.

“There is quite a bit of confusion and duplication between CMS, knowledge management, and enterprise wiki software,” Burgi said. “These platforms have always been viewed as standalone solutions by users due to their outstanding technical architecture. They were perceived for what they were, not for what they achieved. It’s changing.”

From Bergey’s point of view, rivaling Contentful, Storyblok and Sanity, Strapi solves some of the major problems with legacy CMS software, such as a lack of adaptation to custom use cases. To address other perceived limitations, in recent months the Strapi team has launched features such as the Strapi Market, which offers a third-party platform integration library.

While acknowledging that Strapi isn’t perfect, Burgi said the immediate goal is to focus resources on content editing, including out-of-the-box templates, publishing workflows, rich text editors and custom fields, and plugins for personalization, visualization. and e-commerce. Work is also underway on Strapi Cloud, a fully managed Strapi service that will allow customers to run a project locally, customize it to their needs, and deploy it online.

Strapi Cloud is scheduled to go public next year. It is currently in beta.

“During the pandemic, many businesses faced with uncertainty have been forced to adapt by going online. On the other hand, people are consuming more content online than ever before and they also need to adapt to the reality of remote work,” Burgi said. “As a result, companies are increasingly focusing on a holistic shared experience for all stakeholders. Strapi helps companies in this process by providing a more versatile and composable platform to help them prepare their applications for the future and ensure a consistent experience across channels for all users.”

Bergi says that in addition to thousands of open source users, Strapi has 450 paying customers, including AT&T, eBay, IBM and Toyota, as well as government agencies in the US and Europe. The company’s staff is 70 people; Bergi expects the number to rise to 110 by the end of the year.

To date, Strapi has raised $45 million.


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