What do companies as diverse as Carhartt, Hulu, IBM, McDonald’s, and Facebook have in common? Their developers all use Vercel, a platform to develop, preview, and ship front-end websites, to build and deploy their websites. Whether a developer is building just a few static pages or billions of dynamic pages, Vercel, based on the Next.js open source framework, can easily scale to help them create the next big thing faster. Vercel’s incredible versatility and ease-of-use has won over the hearts and minds of millions of front-end web developers worldwide, and that’s why GGV is so excited to invest in Vercel’s $102 million Series C round.
Vercel and Next.js are catching on fast among a fervent community of web developers. Next.js has so far been downloaded over 6 million times and, since the first Next.js developer conference last October, the number of homepages among the world’s 10,000 largest websites using Next.js has grown by 50%. Websites running on Next.js include TikTok, Ticketmaster, and Marvel.
Guillermo is the right founder to build Vercel into a multi-billion dollar company. He has already built two successful software companies, LearnBoost and Cloudup, which was acquired by Automattic in 2013, and he created several popular Node.js open source libraries like Socket.io, Mongoose, and Slackin before building the foundations of Next.js. So he not only understands the technical advantages of open source as a developer himself, but knows how to turn open source frameworks into profitable businesses.
Vercel is changing the way developers build high-quality, high-performance websites, making the internet a better experience for everyone. We’re thrilled to invest in Guillermo and the entire team at Vercel. We can’t wait to see what they build next!