2015 Recap: Ionic

Ionic_Logo.svg2015 was a huge year for the Ionic team in Madison, as we continue to build Ionic into the most popular way web developers and designers transition from building websites and blogs, to building powerful mobile apps and mobile websites.

In March we closed a $2.6M round lead by Lightbank and Founder Collective, bringing our total to $3.7M, to build out our fast growing mobile development toolkit and mobile backend services. We kindled partnerships with IBM, Microsoft, and Google, changed our name from Drifty to "Ionic", expanded our office, grew the team, and launched a number of new products.

In 2015, Ionic developers created over 1.3 million mobile apps, a 300% increase from 2014, with some notable ones being the New York City MTA Bus Time app, Adobe Social, Card.com, Meerkat Movies, and Predictabl (official sports prediction game of football clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea). Several more apps and mobile websites are in the works across the Fortune 100 and major retail brands around the world.

The Ionic developer community grew like crazy in 2015, with over 120 community-run meetup groups popping up across the globe. Every month Ionic developer tools are installed over 320,000 times, with 5000+ new apps created every single day.

We're proud that developers tell us Ionic put Madison on the map for open source and mobile development, and we're looking forward to growing our Madison presence as we expand and open our first SF office in 2016.

As we continue to grow in 2016, we're excited to be working with some great Madison-based development shops like Bendyworks and Mobile Igniter that now specialze in building Ionic apps. We're always looking for more great partners, so please get in touch if you're interested in joining the Ionic ecosystem.

From all of us at Ionic, thanks for supporting us through the years, and if you're looking to build a great mobile app or mobile website, or you're a web developer/designer looking to get into mobile, we hope you give Ionic a try! Also, we're hiring for a number of positions, so get in touch!

Check out the Full 2015 Recap on our blog.

Drifty Raises $2.6M in Funding

drifty-logoDrifty recently completed an additional $2.6 million funding round led by Lightbank in Chicago, with additional participation from Arthur Ventures. Drifty previously raised $1 million in funding last year, and this latest investment marks Lightbank’s second investment in a Madison based company following their investment in PerBlue last year.

Drifty is the creator of the Ionic Framework, which makes it possible for web developers to build and publish native mobile applications. Ionic is one of the top 50 most popular open source projects in the world, and is used by developers ranging from individuals to Fortune 50 companies.

Read more about Drifty and their latest funding round on TechCrunch here.

2014 Recap: Drifty

drifty-logoIt’s been a big year over at Drifty, creators of the popular and fast-growing open source mobile development SDK Ionic.

Late last year our company evolved from just building some cool developer tools servicing over 250,000 developers, into a full-blown platform company focused on enabling more people to build top-quality mobile apps using web technologies.

We started working on Ionic late last year, and released the first version at the end of 2013. The initial reaction blew us away, and the project quickly became one of the top 50 most popular open source projects in the world, with Ionic apps reaching the top lists on the Apple App Store and Google Play store and gaining millions of downloads. We’ve also been fortunate to work with some great partners, like Salesforce and Google.

With our shift in strategy, we decided to raise some money to focus on reaching as many developers as possible with Ionic. We closed a $1M seed round in February from Arthur Ventures, grew the team to 15, and got back to work.

New Office
In August 2014 we said goodbye to our humble office on King St where it all started and moved into an office 4x the size, right above the Merchant off the square. This office gives us enough room to grow from 15 people today up to 30, and lets us enjoy some great cocktails after work. We even have a private elevator right into Merchant which always freaks the other patrons out.

What’s next
Today over 320,000 apps have been built with Ionic, and every month 500k unique developers visit our site to try out our products and to get help from our large community of developers.

But this is just the beginning. We see a future where Ionic can power the next generation of apps built once to run on every phone in the world, and provide reliable infrastructure and services to scale those apps to billions of users.

In early 2015 we will be releasing the first taste of our vision for this complete mobile development platform, which we are calling Ionic.io. Already over 50,000 developers are signed up for the beta.

Thank You
We are so proud to call Madison home, and like to think of ourselves as proof that companies once thought the sole realm of Silicon Valley can not only grow here, but compete and win over their valley competitors.

We’ve been fortunate to receive help and support from the Madison community, which helped us find our first two investors, and hire some super talented people.

The talent is here, the funding is here, and the lifestyle is here. We just need to show the world what we are capable of.

*Note: Our full 2014 update can be found on our blog.

Drifty Raises $1M; Featured on TechCrunch

drifty-logoDrifty, the makers of tools for mobile developers building websites and apps, has just announced closing on $1M in seed funding from Arthur Ventures.  This funding will be utilized to help the company grow its team and to continue it’s development on their Ionic software framework.

Drifty, founded in 2012 by Ben Sperry (CEO) and Max Lynch (CTO), helps mobile developers build apps and websites with a suite of tools, including Ionic, Codiqa, and Jetstrap. Ionic is the newest of these tools, and it works by letting developers build apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS and AngularJS.

Full TechCrunch article on Drifty’s funding can be found here.


CE Members Named to 2014 Top 40 Under 40 List

40under40This year, four Capital Entrepreneurs members were named to the InBusiness 40 Under 40 list for 2014. The 40 Under 40 list honors emerging business stars under 40 years of age in the greater Madison area.

Brad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks. Grzesiak is also very involved in Madison’s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and a chair of Madisonium, a group working to raise Madison’s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. Recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madison’s Digital Technology Committee.

Max Lynch, founder and CTO of Drifty Co.  Lynch looks to reinvest in young tech entrepreneurs to “build software companies focused on profitability and sustainability.” He aims to have Drifty Co. “impact the world” and “put Madison on the map for Internet companies like Mailchimp and 37signals.”

Daniel Neely, founder and CEO of Networked Insights.  Neely became CEO of Networked Insights at the age of 29 and has since grown the company to over 150 employees. He has also earned a board position with UW Business School’s Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship program.

Ben Raboine, CTO of Optimal Media Group. Raboine founded his first company at the age of 21 and is currently an equal partner in six LLC enterprises: Raboine Web Matrix, Optimal Media Group, Custom Offsets, Vistrata Health, Mysteria Games, and SeeMeNow. Raboine hopes to one day become an angel investor to help more fellow Madison and Wisconsin entrepreneurs.

Codiqa a Top 100 AngelList Startup To Watch In 2013

codiqa_page_logoCodiqa (aka Drifty Co) was rated as one of the “100 AngelList Startups To Watch In 2013” by ReadWriteWeb. Codiqa ranked among the top “Design Startups” on the list. The list contained 9 different startup categories, and represents a powerful cross-section of today’s best technology startups.

Drifty Co is a cloud based software company whose products include the mobile web and app prototyping builder Codiqa, and the Twitter Bootstrap interface builder Jetstrap. Check out the full list of 100 Startups here.