Prisma, a Berlin and San Francisco startup that’s betting large on GraphQL — the info question language initially developed by Fb to make it simpler for front-end code to speak to software servers — has raised $four.5 million in seed funding.
Silicon Valley’s Kleiner Perkins led the spherical, with participation from a variety of angel traders, a lot of whom have deep roots within the developer and/or open supply house, together with Nick Schrock, one of many creators of GraphQL itself.
TechCrunch first realized of Kleiner’s pending funding in Prisma (previously Graphcool) again in March, when the deal hadn’t but closed. In a short name yesterday, Prisma co-founder and CEO Johannes Schickling confirmed the funding and defined that the startup sought to boost from West Coast VCs and traders, quite than European VCs, who “actually perceive Open Supply,” noting that any severe developer providing has to take a backside up strategy in an effort to develop into adopted by the broader developer group.
To that finish, Schickling tells me Prisma itself has pivoted away from its narrower Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) mannequin to an Open Supply one, with the core providing — dubbed “Prisma 1.zero” — launched as a standalone infrastructure element underneath an Apache 2 open supply license.
The corporate is constructing what it describes as the GraphQL information layer for all databases, in recognition that fashionable backends usually mix and hook up with a number of specialised databases e.g. Postgres, Elasticsearch, Redis, Neo4j and many others. This requires advanced “mapping logic” to the underlying databases, which is exactly the heaving-lifting that Prisma has got down to clear up. Prisma desires you to have the ability to entry all your databases in a single GraphQL question.
Schickling says the brand new funding will likely be used to bolster the crew, together with opening an workplace in San Francisco along with its Berlin engineering base. On the product roadmap is help for extra databases. Prisma at present plugs into MySQL and Postgres, however plans so as to add the likes of MongoDB, Elastic, and Cassandra.
Alongside the startup’s open supply product, it affords Prisma Enterprise to allow vital safety workflows (compliance, entry management, audit logging and many others.) and Prisma Cloud for groups to collaborate and simply handle databases.
Prisma’s different seed traders embody Robin Vasan (board member of HashiCorp, Couchbase, InfluxData), John Komkov (Fathom Capital), Augusto Marietti (CEO Kong), Guillermo Rauch (CEO Zeit), Spencer Kimball (CEO CockroachDB), and Nicholas Dessaigne (CEO Algolia).