Warp, the developer productivity company, formally launched with its modern command-line terminal so that entire development teams can be more productive at building, running and debugging code. The company has raised $6 million in a seed round led by GV with participation from Neo andBoxGroup and a $17 million Series A round led by Dylan Field, co-founder and CEO of Figma. Other participants include Elad Gil, Silicon Valley’s biggest solo venture capitalist, Jeff Weiner’s Next Play Ventures and Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures.
Warp plans to use the money to grow its engineering team and continue to advance its product as it goes to market in 2022.
Tens of thousands of developers have signed up for the waitlist for the private beta since last summer, and thousands of developers use the application daily. The product is now in public beta. The terminal is used by every developer every day to write, build, run, debug and deploy software, including most of the software that powers the cloud. However the terminal has not been meaningfully improved in the last 40 years. As a result, developers waste countless hours trying to learn, use and collaborate in an archaic tool that could otherwise be spent building and shipping software.
Warp’s founder and CEO Zach Lloyd sought out to modernize the terminal, enabling every developer to be as productive as a command-line expert. He leveraged his experience leading engineering on Google Docs, which fostered a similar transformation in office productivity software. Together with a team of productivity software veterans, including Shikhiu Ing who led the design team on Google Docs, Warp has reinvented the terminal, connected it to the cloud and made it work for teams.
Besides building for the individual developer, Warp is also building for the fundamentally collaborative nature of modern development teams. Whereas the regular terminal is a single-player app, Warp is introducing features that enable developers to help each other, debug outages together and share knowledge.