This week I talked with Paul Bleicher, COO of Codacy, a startup providing a tool to help programmers worldwide with their coding practice. They won the Web Summit award in 2014 and have been growing more and more recently. Here’s a little more about them.
How can programmers best take advantage of your service?
Developers spend between 20-50% of their time reviewing code. Most of these code reviews enforce best practices, code style and common security issues. All of those can be automated using Codacy. Codacy will automatically analyse every new code change (commit and pull request) and will report back the new issues introduced. Codacy integrates seamlessly in modern software development processes and tools.
How does this translate to company savings?
Codacy saves hours in precious development time for companies as developers save up to 50% in code review time. Codacy is helping freelance developers to Fortune 500 companies to ship better code faster.
What new languages are you aiming to support in the near future?
How important was winning the Web Summit Award in 2014?
The Web Summit win was great for us. It put Codacy on the map. We received a lot of interest from developers and companies following that event. We actually used the prize money to buy a football table which definitely brought the team closer together. But in the end, it’s the quality of the team and it’s efficiency that makes a great startup, not startup competitions. We are very grateful to the whole Web Summit team and sponsors that made this event possible. We are also very excited about the upcoming Web Summit in Lisbon!
In what ways will the recent $1.1 million investment allow you to grow?
That financing round helped us grow the team, in order to double down on our strategy to become the leading code analysis solution to make software engineers more efficient in their work.
How is the European startup scene when compared to the USA?
It’s difficult to compare. You have great companies coming out from both the US and Europe every year. The decentralised European startup scenes Berlin, London, Paris, Lisbon etc. is definitely a disadvantage comparing to the Silicon Valley.
What other startup is on your radar and why?
http://www.nomnom.it/ is the product tool every company needs. It collects all the user feedback to help companies make better product decisions.
https://onliquid.com/ is automating mobile experiences to improve retention and monetization
http://findify.io/ with their smart search algorithms helps ecommerce website increase their CVR and revenue
Find out more about Codacy at https://www.codacy.com/