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- October 2015 - Publication on GitHub 🐣
- October 2016 - Company incorporated in France 🇫🇷
- October 2017 - v3 alpha release ⍺
- June 2018 - Pre-seed funding round ($1m) 🌰
- June 2019 - v3 beta release β
- [October 2019 - Seed Funding]
- January 2020 - 10 Strapiers 🌱
- May 2020 - [Series A] & stable version release ⚖️
- June 2021 - 40 Strapiers 🌿
- October 2021 - v4 release 🎉
- January 2022 - 45 Strapiers ☘️
- July 2022 - Series B 🎈
- February 2023 - Strapi Cloud ⛅
- March 2023: 80 Strapiers 🌱
Pierre, Aurélien, and Jim were working as freelance developers while being students. They were building websites and apps, using Node.js frameworks and traditional CMSs. When they had to do a mobile application or a website with a modern front-end framework, they were frustrated by traditional CMSs because these ones were only good at managing content on websites.
Annoyed by these limitations, they decided to create their own piece of software. They started using it for clients' projects. They soon realized they were not the only ones having this need. So, they published the project on GitHub in October 2015.
For them, making their project open-source was a no-brainer. They were using lots of open-source software. They were convinced that collaboration would lead to better software. Most of their clients wanted to host their CMS on their own servers. Customization capabilities were only possible through source-code access.
In the beginning, Strapi was a mix of a framework for building APIs and a CMS. We even considered it as a Content Management Framework. The name Strapi comes from Bootstrap your API.
During the last year of their studies, the founders had to do a business plan. They made the most of this opportunity to draw an ambitious future for their open-source project while maintaining it on their nights and weekends.
Strapi SAS (the equivalent of Strapi, Inc. in France) was incorporated.
Developing custom websites and apps was too time-consuming to keep working on the open-source project. After months of freelance work, they switched full-time on the project and hired the first employee this year.
Thanks to 2 years of feedback from our first users, we completely rebuilt Strapi from scratch. We released the v3.alpha, a new website, and new documentation. This new version introduced the plugin system, which was part of our vision of creating a real ecosystem around Strapi.
For us, this was the real beginning of the story.
The number of users started growing like crazy.
We started a fundraising process. It was our first company and the first time we were looking for money. Also, trying to convince investors about an open-source project was very difficult. After spending 9 months in the roadshow and reaching a negative amount on our bank account, we finally closed a $1M pre-seed round in June.
At that time, explaining Strapi was not clear enough. We did a lot of user research. 50% of our users were using Strapi to build custom APIs. 50% of our users were using Strapi to manage content. Our roadmap was always jumping from one of these two use cases to the other.
We've seen there was a massive shift from traditional to Headless CMS. Also, we published a fake pricing page and realized users were more willing to pay for content management-oriented features. For these reasons, we decided to consider Strapi as a Headless CMS.
Strapi 2019 in review | Strapi open source Node.js Headless CMS
Strapi takes a look back at the biggest moments of 2019 and the big moments and events that are coming up in 2020.
In early 2019, our growth was exponential. We applied to YCombinator and started a fundraising roadshow at the same time. We raised $4M within one month and canceled our application to the YCombinator the day before the interview (we had to make sure we would close the round).
We introduced several features (Dynamic Zones, Components, etc.) that now make Strapi the most flexible CMS.
Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021! Strapi Year in Review
Strapi CEO Pierre Burgy takes a look back on 2020 and explains what's coming up in 2021. Proud of what we accomplished, but with great energy to do more in 2021! Check it out
Index Ventures preempted our $10M Series A.
We took the COVID-19 as an opportunity to shift from an office-based company to a worldwide, remote-first organization.
We published the stable version of Strapi, released our new branding, and announced the Enterprise Edition.
The team doubled in size, with 25+ people.
Top Blog Posts of 2021
In this article, we take a look at the Top Blog Posts published on the Strapi Blog in 2021.
- V4 Release 🚀
- First Strapi Conf 💻
- 3M of downloads 📂
- 650 Contributors 👨👩👦👦
Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023! Strapi Wrapped in One Year
2022 was a big year for Strapi, with insane achievements. From 200+ product releases to community growth. Discover the past year's successes and what is coming to an even brighter future.
2022 was a big year for Strapi, with insane achievements. From 200+ product releases to community growth.
- 🚀1M projects created in one year
- 📈1.25M users edited content
- ⏬Growing from 2M to 3.25M+ annual downloads
- 🌟From 32K to 50K GitHub stars (129th most starred repository, add yours!) 🌟
- ⚡️1,619 issues closed
- ⬆️6,101 commits pushed
- ✅1,331 pull requests merged
- 👋🏽14,631 features request votes, 497 posts, and 851 comments on our public roadmap
- 📣15,369 community members on Discord
- 💰$31M Series B raised
- 🇵🇹 On-site with Strapiers in Lisbon
- 🤩48 new teammates in 17 countries
- ⛅Release of Strapi Cloud
- 💼 Strapi no longer has a physical location. We’re a remote-only company.
- 🎥 Strapi conf in June 2023
- 🌞 Strapi retreat in June 2023
If you're reading this document, it probably means you are now part of this journey (as a Strapier or as a community member). First of all, we're glad to have you and we all wish you a warm welcome!
You are one of the few who are writing the next chapters of the Strapi story.
So, let's keep writing a wonderful story together! 🤗