Glitch acquired by cloud service provider Fastly

Fastly, a leading cloud service provider, today announced the acquisition of Glitch, the original and powerful web coding platform. Glitch will continue to operate within Fastly, with Fastly planning to grow the team and enable Glitch applications to leverage its cutting-edge computing services.

Glitch CEO Anil Dash will join Fastly as VP of Developer Experience, overseeing Glitch and a new team focused on building a “repository of tools and resources” to help people start using Fastly products.

“The web is back as a place people want to create, and you need to have this bigger platform to do that,” Dash said. The edge.

Dash says Glitch could have raised more money to continue on its own, but he knew the company wasn’t going to “stay independent forever.” Above all, he says, he was enthusiastic about Fastly’s cutting-edge computer products and believed that Glitch could do a lot from the inside.

“This cutting-edge rig they built is cool as shit,” Dash says. “It’s going to be one thing. I want to be part of it.

Glitch officially launched in 2017 around the same time Dash joined its parent company – then known as Fog Creek Software – as CEO. The platform allows both novice and experienced coders to quickly build and deploy small web applications, bolstered by a “remix” tool that makes it easy to take someone else’s project, modify it, and launch. a personalized version. In the years since, Glitch has built an audience of 1.8 million monthly users and launched a subscription service with professional and team features.

The company believed in the service enough to raise $30 million in funding in 2018 and drop the Fog Creek name in favor of Glitch. Originally founded in 2000, the company had been an incubator of projects that would eventually grow into big organizations for years, with big names like Trello and Stack Overflow.

Fastly is commonly known as a CDN, providing fast delivery for major sites on the internet. The company’s reach was seen firsthand when a service outage last year temporarily halted Amazon, Reddit, Twitch, The New York TimesCNN, The edge, and many websites. But Fastly’s product manager, Lakshmi Sharma, says the company was “founded as a programmable edge computing company,” which makes Glitch a natural fit.

And while Glitch was seen as a service for “toy apps or small internal toys, something I have to stay away from,” says Fastly co-founder Simon Wistow, “now you don’t have no more need to graduate because you are running on our underlying platform powering some of the biggest sites in the world.

The companies declined to share the purchase price. Glitch’s 14-person staff will all transition to Fastly. That spells the end, however, for the Glitch union, which made history last year by signing the world’s first white-collar tech collective bargaining agreement. The union will be dissolved as the employees are transferred to the new entity. The edge has contacted the Communications Workers of America, with whom the union has organized, for comment.

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