Hashnode, a blogging startup based in Bengaluru and Delaware, has raised $6.7 million in a Series A round, only eight months after raising $2.1 million in its seed round.
The round saw the participation from investors such as Salesforce Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Sequoia Capital India’s Surge, Accel Partners, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Des Traynor of Intercom, Guillermo Rauch of Vercel, Salil Deshpande of Uncorrelated, and Ed Roman of HackVC.
The funds will be used to help the company expand the platform’s user base.
Recruitment of new talent, expansion of global operations, and the launch of new features such as Team Publication – a service that allows entire businesses to use the Hashnode platform to power engineering and tech blogs and reach the global developer community – as well as an iOS and Android-compatible mobile app – are all underway at Hashnode.
Hashnode is a blogging platform built and optimized specifically for the software developer community to support the knowledge sharing economy, founded by Fazle Rahman (co-founder and CEO) and Sandeep Panda (co-founder and CTO). It allows users to blog on their own domain, own and share their ideas, get paid for their writing, and connect with the larger global developer community – without any payment.
The company’s blogging platform includes the following developer-friendly features: Custom CSS to enable unlimited blog customization – essential for maintaining and communicating key branding elements, such as colors and fonts, analytics for all blogs, rich embeds support and code highlighting, and bulk imports of content from other blogging platforms, including Medium and WordPress, integrations with a variety of developer tools and resources, including GitHub, Google Analytics, Hotjar, Fathom Analytics and Plausible.
The platform, which was launched in 2020, now has over 1 million users and 60,000 active blogs. Quincy Larson (founder, FreeCodeCamp); Peter Friese (developer advocate, Google Firebase); Victoria Lo (engineer, PayPal); Jenna Pederson (senior developer advocate, AWS Cloud); Nader Dabit (developer relations, Edge & Node); and Katherine Peterson (developer relations, Edge & Node) are just a few of the notable bloggers (engineer, GitHub).
“You can start a blog in just a few seconds using Hashnode and then you can move that to your own domain if you get one later. They will even help distribute your articles on their platform. By far the best place to create a blog, IMHO,” said Quincy Larson, Founder, freeCodeCamp.