The founders of FeaturePeek graduated from Y Combinator in summer 2019, which must look like a million years ago for an early startup. Despite the current conditions, the company today announced an investment of $ 1.8 million.
The round was led by Matrix Partners with some nameless angel investors who are also participating.
The startup has developed a solution that allows teams to review front-end designs throughout the development process, rather than waiting until the end of the project, said co-founder Eric Silverman.
"FeaturePeek was designed to provide front-end capabilities that enable developers to get feedback from all of their various stakeholders at every stage of the development process and really close the missing gaps in the review cycle, ”he said.
He added: “There is currently no specific place where feedback on this new work can be given until it enters the staging environment. Therefore, we will create ad hoc deployment previews for either commit or pull requests and these fully executed environments can be shared with the team. We also have our overlay where you can report bugs, comment on screenshots, record videos or leave comments. "
The company has remained lean with three full-time employees since last summer, but has continued to expand the product. In addition to funding, the company announced a free command line version of the product for individual developers, in addition to the team product it has developed since the Y Combinator Days.
Ilya Sukhar, a partner at Matrix Partners, says that as a former engineer, he had experienced this type of problem firsthand and that tools were lacking to help. That drew him to FeaturePeek.
“I think FeaturePeek is kind of a company that is trying to change that and bring all these people together in an environment where they can check the running code in a way that was really not possible before, and I definitely was frustrated I wrote it on both ends of where you are fine as an engineer. Will you ever look at it? ", he said.
Sukhar recognizes that these are times when a startup is about to start, and no one really knows how things will go, but he encourages these companies not to get too involved in the macro view at this point.
Silverman knows that he needs to adapt his launch strategy to the times, and says that the founders are making concerted efforts to listen to users and find ways to improve the product while finding ways to communicate with the target audience.