Dashdash, a new startup that allows anyone to create an app using just spreadsheet skills, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Accel, with participation from Cherry Ventures, Atlantic Labs, and angel investors including Felix Jahn, founder of Home24.

Dashdash, based in Berlin, Germany and Porto, Portugal, aims to democratize computing by building a platform where anyone can create a web application. Users can type formulas into cells as they would into a spreadsheet, which connect to online services and can automate their workflows like marketing campaigns, lead generation activities or dashboards.

The startup has operated until now in stealth, and was founded by serial entrepreneurs Humberto Ayres Pereira and Torben Schulz, two of the co-founders of online food delivery service EatFirst. The platform is currently in closed beta, and will be launched more widely later this year.

“We started dashdash to democratize app creation, giving people without any coding skills the opportunity to harness data and computation," said Ayres Pereira. "By removing the need to learn programming languages and making developing apps as simple as building a Lego set, we’re aiming to usher in the next billion programmers.”

The investment will be used for product development and to expand the team. The startup plans to hire 20 top engineers in Porto over the coming months.

“We’re excited to partner with the dashdash team to help them achieve their mission of creating tools that make computation accessible to everyone," said Accel’s Andrei Brasoveanu, who will be joining dashdash’s board. "Humberto and Torben are seasoned entrepreneurs with unquestionable drive and ambition, and they share a vision of what’s needed to build a world-class user-friendly product with a highly technical backend. We look forward to working closely with dashdash as they roll out their product and reach the next stage of growth.”

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