Dashdash, a platform which allows users to create interactive web apps, has secured $8m in Series A funding. The round was led by venture capital firm Accel with participation from Cherry Ventures and Atlantic Labs and angel investors including Home24 founder Felix Jahn and David Schneider, co-founder of Zalando.
The Berlin and Porto-based startup is ‘democratising computing’ by building a cloud platform which allows people to use their spreadsheet skills to create web applications. Its platform combines a familiar interface with a “highly sophisticated backend” that removes the barrier to entry for people without programming experience.
Users can type formulas into cells which can connect to online services and automate their workflows like marketing campaigns, lead generation activities or dashboards. The platform is currently in closed beta, and will be launched more widely later this year.
Dashdash was founded by serial entrepreneurs Humberto Ayres Pereira and Torben Schulz, two of the co-founders of online food delivery service EatFirst. The company has offices in Berlin and Porto.
Humberto Ayres Pereira said:
“We started dashdash to democratize app creation, giving people without any coding skills the opportunity to harness data and computation. By removing the need to learn programming languages and making developing apps as simple as building a Lego set, we’re aiming to usher in the next billion programmers. Today’s investment is the first step of an ambitious journey, and we’re excited to have the backing and support of Accel and Cherry Ventures as we work towards this goal.”
The investment will be used for expansion and product development. In particular, dashdash will be bolstering its engineering team in Porto, Portugal, with plans to hire 20 top engineers over the coming months.