Developer blogging community Hashnode raised $ 2.1 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge.
A number of marquee investors also attended, including Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList; Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal, founders of BrowserStack; and Shashank Kumar and Harshil Mathur, founders of Razorpay.
Hashnode was one of 17 selected startups in the fourth cohort Sequoia Capital’s surge accelerator program.
“We found that a lot of writers just want a platform that helps them focus on writing and gives them the freedom to blog without losing control of their content or thinking about traffic and SEO … “said Syed Fazle Rahman, CEO of Hashnode, in a press release.
According to Rahman, the platform also allows articles to be published directly from Github, a feature not available on other publishing tools.
Founded by Rahman and Sandeep Panda in June 2020, Hashnode is a free content creation platform and community that enables people Publish article on their own domain and helps them stay connected to a growing community of developers.
The company claims to have grown 25% month on month. So far, the platform has over 20,000 active blogs with 500,000 monthly active users, or MAU.
In addition to Hashnode, LambdaTest, Let’s Dive, Kyt, Plum, PagarBook, Shipsy, Richpanel, Kutumb and a health tech startup operating under Alpha Digital have also collected donations in 2020. All of these startups are part of Surge’s fourth cohort.
Entrackr had exclusively reported the financing rounds in the two stealth mode startups of Surge 04 in November and December.
Among the 17 selected startups in Surge 04, a dozen are active in India, including Hashnode, LambdaTest, Let’s Dive, Kyt, Pflaume, PagarBook, Shipsy, Richpanel, Studyroom, Kutumb, Alpha Digital’s Healthtech app and a SaaS platform for Sales activities This is in stealth mode.