Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services inits stack, Slack lists 24, and Spotify listings more than 31; these stacks are collectings of different pieces of software that those companies is use to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container tools to email services.

Why are companies beginning to share the specific mix of apps thats enabling their businesses to grow? Because they know its the missing piece of the puzzle for developers, many of whom struggle to learn which tools certain companies use and why, says Stackshare founder and CEO Yonas Beshawred.

In fact, Stackshare is softly becoming a go-to platform for numerous players in the startup ecosystem for a few reasons, Beshawred argues.

The benefits are clearest for developers. If youre trying to build a new on-demand service, he notes, you can come to Stackshare and see all the tools that Instacart employs. Stackshare also benefits companies; when big or small startups volunteer what tools theyre employing, they have a better shot at attracting developers who are well-versed in those very same technologies.

Meanwhile, Stackshare is attracting “members attention” of SaaS vendors, a small but growing number of which are beginning to sponsor sections of the platform and that now have a new place for their communities to evangelize their products.

Certainly, something seems to be clicking. Stackshare, founded in San Francisco in 2014, currently features the verified tech stacks of 7, 000 companies. More, it claims that more than 150,000 developers are now use the service, where they not only ensure which companies are utilizing what but theyre also invited to( and do) comment on the tools, helping their peers understand what they should be using and avoiding.

Investors like it, too. At least, today, Stackshare is announcing that it had raised $1.5 million in seed fund late last year, led by Cervin Ventures. Other participants includePrecursor Ventures ,Square execGokul Rajaman, and former VMWare and Facebook exec turned VCJocelyn Goldfein. The round follows $300,000 in earlier seed funding from 500 Startups; MicroVentures; Airbnbs first employee, Nick Grandy; Herokus former engineering manager Glenn Gillen, and others.

Beshawred an Ethiopian-American from Maryland and former Accenture analyst has some competitor, as you might guess, including another young startup, TechStacks.

Developers can also drill into some of the tech used by startups on the popular AngelList platform, which seems well-positioned to begin featuring even more of this information, thanks to its acquisition late last year of the app discovery engine Product Hunt.

Still, do a quick scan for companies tech stacks and you speedily discern the largely unaddressed possibility that Stackshare is chasing. Indeed, Beshawred says the idea came to him when, after leaving Accenture, he joined a Y Combinator-backed startup, Cube, to work on product design.

As is the case at plenty of scrappy startups, Cubes engineering team saw themselves employing particular technologies Microsofts Azure, AWS, Heroku based on free credits. I guessed, This is bad, ‘ says Beshawred. In reply, he generated a static directory that he describes as merely a WordPress site, he launched it on Hacker News, and it pay attention, including from Grandy.

People thought it was like a candy store for developers, says Beshawred.

Today, Stackshare is starting to feel more like a full-fledged marketplace, thanks in part to the burgeoning network effects its beginning to enjoy. Word of mouth is assist. So are the startups community-building efforts, which including sitting down with companies and profiling how they built their tech stacks. The venture-backed real estate bureau Opendoor, for example, lately explained to Stackshare user how it scaled its infrastructure .~ ATAGEND

If Beshawred has his way, Stackshare will grow beyond its growing community of developers and help everyone from marketers to educators understand which tools they should be using and why. Hes not in a rush, he says. At the same period, he notes that software really is eating the world, echoing the famous( and now six-year-old) prediction of investor Marc Andreessen.

Only time will answer whether Stackshare can capture the growing number of professionals whose work is being impacted by that ubertrend.

In the meantime, the five-person company is chugging along. It says it will begin raising its Series A round this year.

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