Prisma, a German-American software startup that aim to “revolutionize how application developers work with databases”, has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Amplify Partners, a VC based in Menlo Park, California.

The funding coincides with a new product launch. After more than a year of running preview and beta versions of the software, the startup says Prisma 2.0 is ready for production. This new version of their product is inspired by big tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook and AirBnb, who use a ‘unified data access layer’ that abstracts away the database infrastructure and provides developers with a more familiar and convenient way of accessing data.

“Being based on the same core ideas and principles as these systems, Prisma democratizes the pattern of a uniform data access layer and makes it accessible as an open-source technology for development teams of all sizes,” says the company in an announcement on the company website.

Working from offices in Berlin and San Francisco, Johannes Schickling (CEO) and Søren Bramer Schmidt (CTO) founded the company in 2016 and secured a $4.5 million seed round led by Kleiner Perkins in 2018.

In the same announcement, the startup assures its developer community that the funding and growth won’t change too much: “We are committed to building world-class open-source tools to solve common database problems of application developers. To be able to sustain our open-source work, we’re planning to build commercial services that will enable development teams and organizations to collaborate better in projects that are using Prisma.”

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