Contentful raises $33.5M for its headless CMS platform

Contentful, a Berlin- and San Francisco-based startup that gives content material administration infrastructure for firms like Spotify, Nike, Lyft and others, at this time introduced that it has raised a $33.5 million Sequence D funding spherical led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from OMERS Ventures and Salesforce Ventures, in addition to current buyers Basic Catalyst, Benchmark, Balderton Capital and Hercules. In complete, the corporate has now raised $78.three million.

It’s been lower than a 12 months because the firm raised its Series C round and, as Contentful co-founder and CEO Sascha Konietzke instructed me, the corporate didn’t actually need to lift proper now. “We had simply raised our final spherical a couple of 12 months in the past. We nonetheless had loads of money in our checking account and we didn’t want to lift as of now,” stated Konietzke. “However we noticed lots of financial uncertainty, so we thought it may be a very good second in time to recharge. And on the identical time, we already had some fascinating conversations ongoing with Sapphire [formerly SAP Ventures] and Salesforce. So we noticed the chance so as to add extra funding and in addition begin entering into a decent relationship with each of those gamers.”

The unique plan for Contentful was to focus virtually explicitly on cell. Because it seems, although, the corporate’s prospects additionally wished to make use of the service to deal with its web-based functions and as of late, Contentful fortunately helps each. “What we’re seeing is that every part is changing into an software,” he instructed me. “We began with native cell software, however even the web sites these days are sometimes an software.”

In its early days, Contentful targeted solely on builders. Now, nonetheless, that’s altering, and having these connections to massive enterprise gamers like SAP and Salesforce certainly isn’t going to harm the corporate because it seems to be to convey on bigger enterprise accounts.

Presently, the corporate’s focus could be very a lot on Europe and North America, which account for about 80 % of its prospects. For now, Contentful plans to proceed to give attention to these areas, although it clearly helps prospects wherever on the planet.

Contentful solely exists as a hosted platform. As of now, the corporate doesn’t have any plans for providing a self-hosted model, although Konietzke famous that he does often get requests for this.

What the corporate is planning on doing within the close to future, although, is to allow extra integrations with current enterprise instruments. “Prospects are asking for deeper integrations into their enterprise stack,” Konietzke stated. “And that’s what we’re starting to give attention to and the place we’re constructing lots of capabilities round that.” As well as, help for GraphQL and an expanded wealthy textual content enhancing expertise is arising. The corporate additionally not too long ago launched a brand new enhancing expertise.


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