2016 Recap: Ionic

2016 was a great year for the Ionic Team. Earlier this Spring we closed our $9M Series A led by General Catalyst in Boston and Palo Alto, grew the team in Madison, and continued to build out a powerful suite of tools and services to help developers build better mobile apps faster and cheaper than ever before.

The Ionic Team also continued to build strong partnerships with leaders in the mobile app space, including Microsoft which integrated Ionic 2 into Visual Studio, and Amazon Web Services adding official documentation for using Ionic with AWS.

We were proud to see major brands continue to adopt Ionic, including Diesel, Dow Jones MarketWatch, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Developers in the Ionic community went on to create over 1.5M new apps with Ionic in 2016.

We also recently made our first major C-level hire, bringing in Swami Kumaresan from Boston, who was employee #5 and EVP at Carbonite.

As we look to 2017, we’re focused on expanding our commercialization efforts to help teams collaborate more effectively on app projects, as well as helping Ionic developers rapidly build apps with Ionic Creator and add powerful backend functionality with Ionic Cloud. With nearly 700,000 developers signed up, Ionic is quickly becoming one of the major developer platforms in the world.

As ever, we’re committed to growing our team here in Madison right above the Merchant, and we look forward to watching and helping the Madison startup scene grow!

Ionic Raises $8.5M in Funding

Ionic_Logo.svgIonic recently announced an $8.5 million round of funding.

The company, which is based in downtown Madison, is the creator of the popular software development kit (SDK) used to build mobile apps. Ionic has differentiated itself from similar software by integrating their SDK with HTML5 and the Angular JS Javascript framework. By using a web-based framework for the SDK, Ionic makes it very easy for developers to create mobile apps from web content. Additionally, a web-based framework opens the door for many more developers to create apps because they do not need to use complex languages like Swift or Objective C.

Since the company’s inception in 2011, over 2 million apps have been created using the Ionic framework. The current round of funding will be used to boost sales and continue building out commercial services that go along with the open-sourced SDK. You can read more about Ionic’s raise here.

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.