Chat platform Gitter raises £1.45m in deal led by Index Ventures

GitHub community platform will use funds to fuel expansion having already secured 200,000 users since launch last year

Gitter, GitHub’s community tool for open source collaboration, has announced the completion of a £1.45m seed funding round from Index Ventures, with participation from Faber Ventures, Nexus Ventures and Kima Ventures.

Built on top of developer collaboration service GitHub, Gitter was launched in 2014 to allow programmers to create or join chat rooms around code repositories in GitHub.

The platform currently has 200,000 registered users across 30,000 public chat communities, with 50% of GitHub’s 250 most active developers now using it. Gitter’s largest community is Free Code Camp; an open source global project to teach individuals to code.

The company will use the funding to aid further expansion with entry into new markets in the pipeline.

Gitter co-founder, Mike Bartlett, said: “Community has always been at the heart of Gitter; we built the tool to encourage better collaboration between groups of developers, and open up communication in the tech world as much as possible.

“One of the original design decisions we made was making Gitter an open network where everyone and everything is interconnected rather than siloed into teams. We’re incredibly pleased with how the existing community has embraced us so far.”

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