Railsonfire joins the Seedcamp flock and rebrands to Codeship (because it helps coders ship)

Railsonfire joins the Seedcamp flock and rebrands to Codeship (because it helps coders ship)

Formerly known as Railsonfire, Berlin-based Codeship is today announcing not only its rebranding, but also the launch of a fresh platform with support for more technologies, and the fact that they’re now part of the Seedcamp startup accelerator family.

Codeship bills itself as the provider of a “B2D (business-to-developer) SaaS solution” that basically helps developers and engineers create better software, faster. For a monthly fee, of course.

Moritz Plassnig, co-founder and CEO of Codeship, says:

The software development cycle has tremendously changed in the last years. Nowadays, it’s extremely important to release early, often and super fast.

He adds that Codeship’s solution automates “basically everything” between services like GitHub, where the source code is stored, and services like Heroku, where the application is running.

In addition, the startup provides a hosted testing environment, which today is often done locally.

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Codeship’s new version, which is being launched today, offers support for more technologies than before, now also including Go, Java, Node.js, PHP and Python in addition to Ruby on Rails (hence the rebranding).

You can try it out for free here (you can sign up with GitHub).

Today, Codeship is only a team of four – 3 cofounders and 1 additional developer – from Vienna, Austria, although they decided to move the company over to Berlin, Germany, last November.

The company has been attracting paying enterprise customers for its ontinuous testing and deployment solution since August 2012, Plassnig informs me, and things are “growing faster than ever before”.

Plassnig tells me that the company aims to hire more developers to scale the product and expand its scope to include the mobile application market. The plan is also to relocate again in the near future, to the United States next time around.

He also says that, while Seedcamp usually invests 50,000 euros for an 8-10% equity stake, they actually asked the accelerator to invest less for a smaller share of the company.

This is, Plassnig explains, to have the necessary cash to reach some milestones in just a few months and raise more follow-on funding at a later stage.

The team is already in talks with several business angels and venture capital firms in Europe and the US, he added.

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