Tech Pitch: Gitter

Founded by ex-Skype employees, this one year-old tech start-up wants to change the way software developers communicate. Startups finds out more...

Company name:  Gitter
Founders: Mike Bartlett,  Andrew Newdigate
Background: Former early Skype employees
Based in: London

Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?

Gitter helps connect software developers and gives them a place online to discuss technology.

Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?

Software development is one of the most collaborative disciplines in the world. Developers connect across boundaries, be that geographic, corporate and language, and together advance their profession at an incredible pace.

Before Gitter, this was still being done with fairly antiquated technologies such as IRC and mailing lists.

Are you funded?

Yes, a £1.45m seed round led by Index Ventures as well as European and Asian investors. Faber Ventures, Nexus Ventures, Kima Ventures and veteran angel investor in open source technologies; Anand Babu Periasamy, have also backed our company.

What were you doing before starting?

Bartlett: I have spent much of my life in collaboration and communication in some form or another. Prior to founding Gitter, I spent seven years at Skype in project and product management.

This included launching the very first version of Skype’s video calling to managing the product strategy for the company. I then took a year off after the Microsoft acquisition and it was in the mountains of Morzine during the ski season that I started formulating the idea that would eventually turn into this business.

What’s the best thing about where you’re based?

Other than the food market on Whitecross Street around the corner from the office?! I think it’s the cultural diversity of London and how well connected it is to the rest of the world.
Our small team of nine hold five different passports and live in six different cities.

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