Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; his 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc.. There he works on Skylight, the smart profiler for Rails, and does Ember.js consulting. He is best known for his open source work, which also includes Thor and Handlebars. He travels the world doing open source evangelism and web standards work.

Engine Yard Raises $15MM

When I started at Engine Yard in January, my employee number was in the low 20’s. Today, just half a year later, Engine Yard employs around 80 people and we’ve just announced that we’ve raised another $15 million, which should help us move our kick-ass Ruby projects along even faster.

Some things that have happened since I joined Engine Yard in January:

  • Rubinius runs Rails
  • Apple uses SproutCore, which is built on Merb
  • Serious Merb apps getting millions of hits have been launched and are running rock-solid on Engine Yard hardware
  • We announced Vertebra and have begun work in earnest. Over the past few months, we’ve begun to see working prototypes of parts of the project already usable for internal Engine Yard use
  • We began work on a Control Panel (I head up the project, code-named “ninja”), which we launched internally last week. Without any exaggeration whatsoever, getting to this point would not have been possible without Corey (atmos). If you’re an Engine Yard customer, buy him a beer.
  • DataMapper 0.9 was released, and Engine Yard is using it heavily internally, meaning that the Merb/DataMapper stack has gone from being a pipe-dream to being a real, viable-for-production, and used-in-production stack. In LinkedIn’s post-RailsConf post, they talk about Merb/DM as the future Ruby web stack.

It would seem as though a list like that should take a years, but all of that has happened in the last six months. It just goes to show how far a little bit of confidence from some savvy investors can go toward progress in the Ruby ecosystem.

Congrats fellow Engine Yarders!

4 Responses to “Engine Yard Raises $15MM”

Great job Yehuda! I had checked out SproutCore and thought it looked pretty slick. Now that I know it’s Ruby based, and specifically Merb-based, I’m stoked to play around with it.

Thats a lot of money.
What do you think about Engine Yard. Can you recommend it?

On Dixon Fiske : Engine Yard is already reeling from this gum smacking, heavy discounting , drive by sales person. John Dillon didn’t do enough research on this telesales manager he has moved in to run WW Sales at a $700k package with $350k salary. In his first 2 & 1/2 months he has lost 10% of the customer base by switching their Engine Yard sales contact FOUR times.Not sure what the logic or chaos was behind that , but John Dillon will surely lose his job when they see the mistake with this loser.
In addition to already losing Engine Yard 30 plus significant customers , it turns out he fabricated some major accomplishments on his resume while at Nimsoft and Mercury Interactive.

Dixon Fiske of Engine Yard is fired after only 9 months as SVP of WW Sales, and the biggest belly flop in start up history. Dixon Fiske single handedly destroyed a promising company ( Engine Yard) with his lack of leadership , horrible personnel decisions and sub zero grasp of technology.

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