Netlify, Inc.
MakerLoop, Inc.[1]
Area served
Key people
Revenue6,500,000 US dollar[4] (2019) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
75[5] (December 2019) Edit this on Wikidata

Netlify is a San Francisco-based cloud computing company that offers hosting and serverless backend services for static websites.

It features continuous deployment from Git across a global application delivery network,[b 1][6][7] serverless form handling,[b 2] support for AWS Lambda functions,[8] and full integration with Let's Encrypt.[9] It provides both free and paid plans.[b 3]

Netlify customers include Google, Facebook, Verizon, NBC, Samsung, Cisco, Atlassian, Vue.js, Citrix, Peloton, Kubernetes, Lodash, Smashing Magazine, and Sequoia Capital.[10][11][12][13][14]


A predecessor to the company began in 2013 when Danish entrepreneur Mathias Biilmann noticed a return to static websites while running MakerLoop, a content management startup based in San Francisco. In 2015, Biilmann invited Christian Bach, his childhood friend who was working as an executive at a creative services agency in Denmark, to join him in the new venture.[11] Netlify was publicly launched as a MakerLoop product in March 2015.[3]

On December 19, 2017, MakerLoop filed a certificate of amendment with the Secretary of State of Delaware reincorporating and changing its name to Netlify.[1]


On August 16, 2016, Netlify raised $2.1 million from the founders of GitHub, Heroku, and Rackspace Cloud.[15]

On August 9, 2017, the company announced that it had raised $12 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz.[16][17][18][19]

On October 9, 2018, the company issued a press release announcing that it had completed a series B round led by Kleiner Perkins—with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Slack and Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Yelp CEO and co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman, among others—securing $30 million.[6][12][20]


Netlify CMS[edit]

Netlify CMS dashboard.

To address some of the limitations of static websites, which tend to be less sophisticated and harder to use for the website maintainer than a dynamic content publishing solution such as WordPress or Medium, Netlify develops its own open source headless content management system called Netlify CMS.[b 2][11]


JAMstack, a cloud-native web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and markup,[b 4] was pioneered and created by Netlify.[21] [22] In basic terms, JAMstack is a significant shift in focus from the now abstractable backend to the now powerful frontend. [23]


In March 2017, Netlify CMS was named "GitHub project of the week" by the Software Development Times.[24]

On July 10, 2018, GitHub founder and former CEO Tom Preston-Werner predicted that "within 5 years, you'll build your next large scale, fully featured web app with JAMstack and deploy on Netlify."[25]

In an October 2018 press release co-authored by Netlify, CodePen co-founder Chris Coyier stated that "this is where the web is going, Netlify is just bringing it to us all a lot faster. With all the innovation in the space, this is an exciting time to be a developer."[26]




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