WireMock today announced that it has raised $6.5 million in seed funding for API developer productivity platform WireMock Cloud, the first API developer productivity platform.
Building on the success of its popular open-source API mocking tool, WireMock Cloud fixes the struggles of developing for modern, API-rich architectures.
APIs enable companies to connect and integrate their software with platforms and apps from third parties and internally between their own software and teams.
However, building software that interacts with APIs is difficult. Live developer APIs can be expensive and offer limited response range and testing loads, while the limited sandboxes for development on offer tend to be unstable, unreliable and slow.
Dev teams often need to integrate with internal APIs that don't exist yet, creating bottlenecks in situations such as frontend teams trying to develop in parallel with their backend colleagues.
"You can't build useful integrated software without consuming a lot of APIs," said Uri Maoz, co-founder and CEO of WireMock.
"But building, testing and maintaining that software shouldn't have to rely on live APIs or inadequate sandboxes from multiple companies, not to mention under-development internal APIs.
That's a terrible model, making development slow, expensive and frustrating."
WireMock has created WireMock Cloud, the first API developer productivity platform for developing and testing software in an API-dependent environment.
Whether from an OpenAPI specification, by recording API traffic, using an SDK or even created manually, the platform can simulate both third-party and internal APIs quickly, safely and reliably.
It can even simulate APIs still under development, enabling other software teams to keep developing simultaneously, especially in microservice architectures.
WireMock was co-founded by Uri Maoz and Tom Akehurst. Akehurst, company CTO, created the open-source API mocking tool WireMock.
It has over four million monthly downloads of its Java library, 200 contributors and is used by over 3,000 open-source projects
"I built the WireMock OSS because I knew there had to be a better way for developers to develop in an environment where so many API dependencies were holding them back and slowing their delivery," said Akehurst.
WireMock Cloud incorporates the open-source solution alongside other developer productivity features and offers free, team and enterprise tiers.
Paying customers include Bilt Rewards, OVO Energy, Jumia and ePay.
WireMock will use the investment to build out a US go-to-market team and its engineering team.
The company plans to develop WireMock Cloud further to cover more of the API lifecycle, building towards a comprehensive API developer productivity platform.
Ridge Ventures led the funding round and are joined by First Rays Venture Partners and Scribble Ventures alongside several angel investors.