Deno raises $21M to launch a totally managed runtime service – TechCrunch


Deno, the event firm behind the eponymous Deno runtime, immediately introduced that it closed a $21 million Sequence A spherical led by Sequoia that brings its whole raised to $26 million. Based on CEO Ryan Dahl, the brand new money will likely be put towards constructing out Deno’s industrial providing, Deno Deploy, whereas rising advertising operationd and exploring new traces of enterprise.

Deno is a runtime for JavaScript, TypeScript, and WebAssembly based mostly on the Rust programming language and the V8 JavaScript engine initially developed for Google Chrome and Chromium net browsers. Co-created by Dahl, who additionally created Node.js, Deno goals to offer a “productive” and safe scripting atmosphere that can be utilized to handle servers, carry out scientific computations, and extra.

A prolific engineer, Dahl launched Deno in 2019 with Bert Belder, the cofounder of StrongLoop, an organization constructing instruments and providers on prime of Node.js. “Broadly, the aim of the corporate is to additional the usage of JavaScript outdoors of the browser,” Dahl advised TechCrunch in an e mail Q&A. “The primary drawback is learn how to tame the huge complexity of numerous and distributed infrastructure that’s the net.”

Dahl sees Deno as a continuation of Node.js, which lets builders use JavaScript for server-side scripting (i.e., working scripts server-side to provide dynamic net web page content material). Deno seeks to resolve Node.js’ lack of interoperability, and — in contrast to Node.js — it’s optimized for serverless computing, the place cloud suppliers summary away server useful resource administration.

“You give [Deno] a JavaScript operate that takes a request and returns a response, and we will serve that at scale indefinitely at zero value — if it’s low site visitors,” Dahl defined.

Deno the corporate contributes to Deno the open supply venture, which already has tens of 1000’s of weekly energetic customers on GitHub. A full-time staff of engineers works on Deno, addressing points and bugs and deploying new releases. However Deno additionally sells entry to the aforementioned Deno Deploy, a managed Deno service working on prime of a community with 33 areas all over the world.

Dahl sees Cloudflare Staff as most carefully competing with Deno Deploy, adopted by Vercel, Netlify, and Fastly. However Deno has notched a number of wins up to now, together with a collaboration with Slack to develop the latter’s next-generation growth platform.

Deno can be a member of an initiative between Node.js and Cloudflare to permit the switch of apps between Cloudflare Staff, Deno, and Node.js with out the necessity for a rewrite, a feat that’s presently past attain.

“There’s an enormous quantity of financial stress to enhance the infrastructure across the net — whether or not that’s browsers themselves or the servers that host web sites or the databases,” Dahl mentioned. “[Our goal is to provide] very optimum, very low-cost cloud providers.”

Moreover Sequoia, 4 Rivers Ventures, Rauch Capital, Lengthy Journey Ventures, the Mozilla Company, and Shasta Ventures have backed Deno. The corporate at the moment has 17 workers, and plans to rent 10 extra by subsequent yr.

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