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Sequoia Capital Invests in Sencha

June 24, 2010 | Abraham Elias

Sequoia Capital Invests in SenchaThree years ago, we embarked on a mission to make the browser a first class platform for application development. We began our quest powered by the passion to make a difference, funded by second mortgages and personal lines of credits, and a dream to build a great company. With ExtJS and ExtGWT, I think we succeeded in overturning people’s preconceptions of what could be done in the browser and with the help of our amazing community of over a million developers, we made a big impact on web application development.

The New Mobile Web

Until recently, mobile was a side-show for applications and content providers. First generation mobile web solutions ran on WAP browsers on under-powered phones. Screens were too small for users to do anything except the most rudimentary data browsing.  User interactions via a number-pad or cursor were simply painful. But with the latest generations of mobile devices, this has changed radically. This generation of iOS and Android devices have high resolution screens, responsive touch interfaces, powerful processors, (even GPUs!) and most importantly, first class browsers with HTML5 and fast Javascript. For the first time, mobile platforms are poised to rival the desktop as the dominant means of application consumption.

The mobile web will bring a host of new challenges and new opportunities. Every organization who has a website now needs to think about how to optimally serve its  content and its applications to  this new generation of powerful mobile devices. This is not a trivial task. But we think Sencha can be a key provider of tools and technologies that help organizations accomplish this goal.

Our Next Chapter

Last week, we combined forces with jQTouch and Raphaël to tackle this new challenge of creating awesome web applications on touch based devices. We also released the first beta of Sencha Touch, our framework for building mobile applications for iOS and Android. And today, I’m thrilled to announce that Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners are investing $14M in Sencha.

We chose Sequoia to lead the investment because of their record of technology leaders like Google, YouTube and Apple, and their impressive track record in mobile computing. We are also delighted to have the participation of Radar Partners in the round. As part of that investment, Stratton Sclavos, the former long-time CEO of VeriSign, and Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital join our board of directors. We want to be able to invest in a product development effort that matches the opportunity I’ve described above. And that’s what we plan to use the money for. Although we might have been able to reach our goals while remaining boot-strapped, we think that this funding greatly improves our odds. It will also allow us to support our Sencha Labs projects including jQTouch and Raphaël.

Building A World Class Team

I’d also like to welcome some new people to the Sencha team. Until now, we’ve had a very lean business staff, but the new funding allows us to invest in great leadership. We’re adding three new people to head up sales, marketing and professional services & training respectively. I’m very excited to have them on board. Our goal with the expansion is to respond to every customer request promptly and accurately, communicate and educate people about our products more broadly and to create new training and consulting relationships and capabilities.

I want to thank every one of our  community members for helping us to get to this stage. My fervent hope is that this new funding allows us to serve you with even more amazing products in the future.

There are 27 responses. Add yours.

Fred

4 years ago

It’s all great, but what does this mean for ExtGWT’s future?

Fred

Abraham Elias

4 years ago

@Fred, Both Ext JS and Ext GWT have a very bright future.

Tof

4 years ago

Wow,

I would say, congratulations.

This is quite a change from yui-ext, to, now, Sencha.

Keep on the good work !

Fred

4 years ago

Thanks for you answer.

With all these new product you’re now developing/supporting I was just wondering if you’ll still dedicate the same amount of resources (man/days) to ExtGWT?

For instance is there any impact on ExtGWT’s roadmap?

http://www.sencha.com/products/gwt/roadmap.php

Fred

Joeri Sebrechts

4 years ago

Sounds good. I’m looking forward to being blown away by ExtJS 4! Are you guys planning to diversify in more directions than you currently are, or are you going to focus on the stuff you’re doing right now?

Steve Jones

4 years ago

That’s great news for you guys.

I love ExtJS and I look forward to seeing what you do with it now that you have the investment.

Good luck for the future.

Janos P Toth

4 years ago

$14m is a -lot- in any currency. Congratulations!

Abraham Elias

4 years ago

@Fred,  We’ll be dedicating more resources to our core product lines - JS, GWT, Touch and Designer.  We’ll also have the ability to sustain our open source projects and make additional investments in R&D.  We want to enable our community to create jaw dropping experiences.

@Tof, @Steve, @Joeri -  I hope we exceed expectations!  Thanks again for all your support.

Mchl

4 years ago

@Jamos P Toth: 14mln in Romanian currency sums up to some 410USD wink

Ali

4 years ago

I am have been using ExtGWT for almost two years now,and I am extremely impressed by this library. I am truly hoping that these changes will effect the library positively. In fact, it would be great if I could produce Java code that could be compiled to Javascript & html targeting mobile devices.

Anyhow, please keep GXT going forward, and best of luck in Sencha smile

Brian

4 years ago

Congratulations, great news.
I hope this will mean you can dedicate some more time and resources to improving ExtGWT. Its in need of a serious overhaul in the underlying code…...currently the design makes it impossible to test!

Tamas Simon

4 years ago

Congratulations!

I remember the early days of YUI-Ext
the 3am blog posts…
the moon-lighting

You’ve gone a long way by being bright and working hard.
It’s well deserved success many of us envy.

I wish the VCs a 1000% return wink

Eugene

4 years ago

Congrats! This is great news for everyone! BTW, what are your plans about your framework for Adobe AIR?

SwamBala

4 years ago

It’s not only the good news for Sencha, it is also for its Community. This adds the Stability factor to Sencha.

“Great Power comes with Big Responsibility” this suites for Money also.
I assume the Sencha team takes this opportunity to rewrite the future of mobile web.

And the community hopes that Sencha Touch will be always in open source.

Darragh

4 years ago

Looking forward to checking out the new touch
framework. Looks like we will using the extjs framework
for our web apps as well

how about an organisational chart as a component
in extjs please ?
darragh

Rob

4 years ago

I hope Sencha team continue to dedicate the same amount of time to ExtJS

Rob

4 years ago

Is Jack Slocum involved with Sencha ?

Rum

4 years ago

Does this mean that Sencha will be open source and totally free?

Abraham Elias

4 years ago

@Tamas Thanks!

@Eugene Thanks! We need to look into Air support more.

@Darragh Thanks for the support.  As for Org Charts, we wrote a blog post about that here: http://www.sencha.com/blog/2008/10/13/google-visualization/

@Rob: http://www.sencha.com/forum/showthread.php?101713-About-Jack-Slocum ..

Jackson

4 years ago

I’m always a big fan of ExtJS, I wish Sencha big success. Congratulations!

Chris

4 years ago

I don’t want being blown away by ExtJS 4. I want being blown away by 3.3, .4, .5. Considering costs of upgrade from 3 to 4.

Chris

4 years ago

I don’t want being blown away by ExtJS 4. I want being blown away by 3.3, .4, .5. Considering costs of upgrade from 3 to 4.

Brad

4 years ago

Congrats Ext Team!

aditia

4 years ago

good luck to sencha team

JP

4 years ago

Good. Maybe you can dedicate more resources to ExtGWT and maybe you can also follow through on what you say. Then perhaps I’ll regain respect for your company. Until then, I’ll continue to evangelize for developers to stay away.

This post is not intended as a troll, but one with sincerity. I hope you’ll treat it as such.

-JP

Alex

4 years ago

I love you guys!  This is awesome news.  I must have been under a rock, I can’t believe I missed this.  Rock on and keep producing awesome software.  Haters gonna Hate..  smile

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4 years ago

Questo davvero risolto il mio problema, grazie!

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