Ex-Google and Amazon engineers raise $5M to help developers test and fix software bugs


YourBase CTO John Ewart (left), and CEO Yves Junquiera. (YourBase Photo)

New funding: Seattle startup YourBase landed a $5 million seed round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The 3-year-old company sells software that helps developers run tests on their codebase. Making changes to code and then testing to make sure there is no regression can be time-consuming, particularly with various languages, frameworks, and architectures. YourBase aims to shorten test times and release cycles.

How it works: The startup uses its “Code Dependency Graph” that automates the test selection processes for large, complex databases. Giants such as Facebook and Google build their own internal tools to do this type of testing; YourBase wants to serve everyone else. The 12-person company says it can save developers about 90 hours of testing time per month.

YourBase has more than a dozen customers in its private beta, including some public companies.

Founders: YourBase is led by CEO Yves Junqueira and CTO John Ewart. Junqueira spent nearly a decade at Google as a site reliability engineering leader. Ewart was previously a senior engineer at Amazon.

Other backers: Unusual Ventures and Fathom Capital joined Lightseed for the seed round.

“Software testing acceleration is a $12 billion market, yet testing on large codebases remains one of the biggest challenges developers face today,” Lightspeed Partner Raviraj Jain said in a statement. “If you’re not a Google or Microsoft, testing and making changes to software can be a painstakingly slow and inefficient task. That’s what drew us to YourBase.”

Developer productivity: Other startups in Seattle aiming to make life easier for software engineers include Uplevel and Temporal.

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