Here are some of Israel’s biggest startups in this sector
What happens when you mix the country with the highest per capita engineers with ‘startup nation’? The land of R&D centers, it’s no wonder that Israel is a leader in making tools for software development and computer engineering.
Here are some of Israel’s biggest startups in this sector, in no particular order.
One of the earliest software companies was Zend, a leader in the development of frameworks, IDEs, and other items related to the development, deployment, and management of PHP applications. In 1997, the company’s founders contributed to the rewriting of PHP, leading to the PHP 3 standard. Founded in 1999 by Andi Gutmans, Zeev Suraski, and several other Technion graduates, Zend also has executives from MySQL and other major development frameworks.
Many companies started out because the founder saw a need in their previous company. For example, Typemock has been a leader for 10 years in unit testing, an important component of Agile development. Founder Eli Lopian was an Amdocs developer who pushed unit testing within the organization and saw how difficult unit testing was to implement, especially on existing, legacy code. To address this problem, Typemock’s tools allow developers to unit test code that would otherwise be untestable. Among other uses, many companies find this useful when transitioning to Agile development.
Some of the organizations using Typemock Isolator include Microsoft, Intel, many leading banking institutions, and even the U.S. military.
BlazeMeter is a self-service load testing platform-as-a-service whose goal is to provide load testing services to find performance bottlenecks. They partner with companies such as Acquia, the commercial company providing support for Drupal. Founded by Alon Girmonsky in 2011, their customers include Adobe, edX, and Disney, and they have raised $7.7 million in funding to date.
Another company in the B2D space is IncrediBuild. Founded in 2002 as Xoreax Grid Solutions, IncrediBuild accelerates software builds, particularly for C++ developers. This past summer they expanded into Linux development as well.
In early December, IncrediBuild announced that they will be included in Visual Studio, beginning with Visual Studio 2015. Just about every game development company and any company relying on image processing or graphics are customers, from Microsoft Game Studios to your local indie studio. Last year, the company launched several new products and had record sales.
GigaSpaces is another veteran company, founded in 2000. Like IncrediBuild, GigaSpaces started leading in grid computing. Their first product, XAP, provides distributed computing solutions for Extreme Transaction Processing. XAP allows for efficient data management and data processing by utilizing grid technology.
In February 2012, GigaSpaces also opened a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution called Cloudify. The solution follows the DevOps trend, enabling easy application deployment to the cloud. With Cloudify companies aren’t limited to a single cloud vendor or infrastructure.
In January, they announced a funding round of $20 million to expand Cloudify, their cloud orchestration solution. Unique to others, Cloudify takes a community-oriented, bottom up approach, reaching the development community rather than enterprises.
Another Israeli company that just had a big funding round is JFrog. Founded in 2008, JFrog is a binary repository management company. Having just raised $50 million, they are revolutionizing the way companies and individuals develop, release and distribute software.
DBmaestro is a newer entry in the field of DevOps. Founded in 2008, it focused on database development and deployment, providing database change management solutions. DBmaestro is a pioneer and a leading DevOps for database solution provider. They enable Agile development and continuous delivery for databases.
Last month, DBmaestro raised $3 million in Series A funding.
While Checkmarx does static code analysis because the main benefit is security, they are also in the cyber security space and target these messages rather than reaching out directly to developers. Checkmarx was founded in 2006 with the vision of providing comprehensive solutions for automated security code review. Checkmarx counts Coca-Cola and the U.S. army among its customers. The company has raised over $92 million to date.
9. Redis Labs
Redis Labs is one of the up-and-coming stars of the B2D scene. Founded by several Israeli veteran entrepreneurs, it maintains R&D in Israel but, unlike the other companies, sales and marketing sit in Silicon Valley.
Founded in 2011, Redis Labs offers hosts cloud versions of the NoSQL database, Redis, and Memcached. RedisLabs solves several problems inherent in the popular Redis database. The company has raised $28 million and is committed to building a real software company. It’s a rocket ship that reflects some of the best of what Israel is capable of.
10. Other leading Israeli startups
Israeli developers are frequently lecturers at development conferences worldwide. As the world’s R&D center, Israeli entrepreneurs are quick to identify the top trends and needs for software developers. The true B2D capital, Israel is the software development tool powerhouse.
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