Announcing the Suborbital Compute public beta, our seed funding, and more!

Announcing the Suborbital Compute public beta, our seed funding, and more!

Today I have some exciting news about Suborbital. Some of you may already know about us, but I want to take this opportunity to cover everything we've been up to. Earlier this year, the open source work I was doing around WebAssembly transitioned into a company called Suborbital Software Systems Inc. I founded Suborbital to bring about a step-change in how we as an industry think about and deploy compute. I am happy to announce the first big milestone as we work towards this goal: The public beta of our product, Suborbital Compute, is now available and we have raised a Seed funding round led by Amplify Partners.

If you want to skip to a deep dive on Suborbital Compute, we've got you covered.

Before getting into the details of this post, I would like to remark that Suborbital has been the most interesting challenge of my life, and for the past 2+ years it has largely been all I can think about. I truly believe we're working on a foundational shift in computing infrastructure and I'm proud of how far we've come.

Over the past few months, Suborbital has grown to a team of four working to build an ecosystem of tooling, frameworks, and platforms around server-side WebAssembly. It's quite astounding what this young technology is capable of, and we're creating the best way to build, package, and deploy it. Everything we do starts with our open source work, revolving around Atmo, which has grown over the past year thanks to a passionate group of users, contributors, and testers. We're exploring different form factors for central and edge compute. We're building tooling to make it easy and fun to work with WebAssembly-compatible languages. We're contributing to the Wasm community as much as we possibly can, and we've joined the Bytecode Alliance to help further WebAssembly as a whole.

For a deep dive on the brand new Atmo Beta-4, we've got that too.

For the past several months, we have been building a specialized platform called Suborbital Compute with the goal of making SaaS applications more extensible and customizable for developers. We want developers to be able to tweak, extend, and integrate any SaaS product to exactly fit their needs (without resorting to webhooks). After endless conversations with SaaS operators, developers, and founders, the need for more extensibility in the SaaS ecosystem became very apparent. We got to work tackling this problem from both ends by helping SaaS application teams transform their products into developer platforms, and helping their users build powerful extensions to integrate with any workflow.

Researching the journey of developers integrating SaaS products and APIs into their systems led us to start building a platform to help them. With Suborbital Compute, SaaS operators can now let developers run custom code inside their products using User Functions. Compute is powered by Atmo's WebAssembly application environment, so all of our open source learnings make User Functions efficient, secure, and easy to build. Compute is now graduating from Early Access to Public Beta, and we are excited to work with even more SaaS partners. We want to help you turn your application into a powerful developer platform!

You can jump in and try Compute right here.

None of this would be possible without the phenomenal group of investors who believe in what Suborbital is building. Earlier this year we raised a Seed funding round led by Amplify Partners, with Sunil Dhaliwal joining me on the board and Renee Shah guiding me along the way with exceptional vision and belief. Amplify was joined by some incredible angel investors including Jason Warner (former CTO of GitHub), Sri Viswanath (CTO of Atlassian), Tyler McMullen (CTO of Fastly), Jonathan Beri (Founder of Golioth), Vijay Gill (SVP of engineering at RapidAPI), Mac Reddin (Founder of Commsor), and more.

Throughout this week we'll be telling you more about what we're up to, including deep dives into Suborbital Compute, the newly released 4th Atmo Beta, our ambitions for edge computing with Sat, and our philosophy of how our open source projects will intersect with our products. I'm proud of what the Suborbital team has been able to accomplish in such a short time, and we all have high hopes for the future of the WebAssembly ecosystem. Thanks again to Amplify, our wonderful Angel investors, and our open source community for all of the support getting to this point.

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