Airbyte, creators of an open-source data integration platform, has raised $5.2 million in seed funding led by Accel with others joining that include: YCombinator; 8VC; Calvin French-Owen, co-founder of Segment; Charles Zedlewski, former general manager at Cloudera; Auren Hoffman, co-founder and CEO of LiveRamp and CEO Safegraph; Travis May, co-founder and CEO at Datavant; and Alain Rossmann, president at Machinify.
Airbyte helps moving and consolidating data from different sources to data warehouses, data lakes or databases in a process referred to as extract, load, and, when desired, transform (ELT). Users are able to create data pipelines from sources such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Facebook Ads, Salesforce, Stripe, and connect to destinations that include Redshift, Snowflake, and BigQuery.
The number of Airbyte users has grown from 250 companies at the end of January to 600 today. They include: Safegraph, Dribbble, Mercato, GraniteRock, Agridigital, Cart.com.
With its community-based, open source approach, Airbyte solves two problems. First, building and maintaining connectors is very resource intensive so the company’s efforts that are backed by a community of users multiplies the number of people working on data connectors.
Second, there are many data connectors that aren’t even available without custom builds. Airbyte is already fostering a community of users to build and maintain open source connectors available to anyone. To date, there are 50 connectors that Airbyte is certifying to ensure they are production ready.
The Airbyte connectors run in Docker containers, which means they all operate independently from each other making it simple to apply updates. It also enables the community to build connectors in the language of their choice.