Strapi’s ‘headless’ CMS platform secures 31 million in funding

CRV, Flex Capital, Index Ventures, and angel investors, including former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, have all invested in Strapi, an open source content management system (CMS). The company has secured 31 million in Series B investment. To use the money, Pierre Burgy, Strapi Cloud is being developed, as well as bringing in new technology partners and advancing the Strapi initiative.

When Burgy, Aurélien Georget, and Jim Laurie were working as independent contractors in college, they developed the first version of Strapi. There are several frameworks and content management systems out there that aren’t optimised for mobile websites, and so they decided to design their own solution, Strapi.

Strapi was created by Burgy, Georget, and Laurie in 2015. “Open source was a no-brainer for us,” Burgy said in an email interview. There was no doubt in our minds that the spirit of open source development will lead to greater software in the future. Customization was only feasible via source code access for most of our customers who wished to host their CMS on their own servers”

Strapi began as a hybrid of an API framework and a content management system (CMS). A clever shortening of the phrase “Bootstrap your API” is the moniker “Strapi.” It is now possible to connect and manage databases, front-end frameworks, and static site generators with Strapi today. Admins may access to Strapi’s admin interface through a server and use an API to get material from Strapi.

Dashboard for content management in Strapi

The terms “CMS,” “knowledge management,” and “corporate wiki software” are often used interchangeably, adding to the confusion. “Users have always seen these platforms as distinct solutions because of their distinct technological design. They were judged on their character rather than their achievements. “Things are changing,” he says.

Some of the key flaws with legacy CMS software are addressed by Strapi, which competes with Contentful and Storyblok. Burgy thinks that Strapi addresses some of the fundamental concerns with historical CMS software. In recent months, the Strapi team has introduced new features including Strapi Market, which provides access to a library of third-party connectors.

Given that Strapi isn’t without its flaws, Burgy said it’s a priority to improve the content editing experience by implementing new features such as templated publishing processes and rich text editors as well as ecommerce plugins for customisation and visualisation. While Strapi Cloud has been under development, clients will be able to create a project locally, personalise it, and then deploy it on the web via a fully-managed service.

Next year, Strapi Cloud is expected to be released to the broader public. It’s still in beta testing right now.

“With the epidemic, many companies were compelled to adjust by migrating online because of their uncertainties.” Although more people are consuming information on the internet than ever before, they also need to adjust to the realities of remote work, Burgy added. This has resulted in more and more organisations placing more emphasis on the whole customer experience. As a result, Strapi aids businesses in future-proofing their apps and delivering a consistent experience across channels for all of their users.

Strapi’s 450 paying clients include AT&T; eBay; IBM; Tesla; and government organisations in the United States (and Europe) and the rest of the world. Burgy anticipates the company’s employment to increase to 110 personnel by the end of the year from its current 70.

As of this writing, Strapi has raised a total of 45,000,000.