Openbase Helps Developers Choose Among Millions Of Open-Source Packages

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Below is our recent interview with Lior Grossman, CEO & Founder of Openbase:

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Openbase?

A: Openbase helps developers choose among millions of open-source packages – with user reviews, categorization, powerful insights they cannot find anywhere else.

Q: Can you give us more insights into your platform?

A: I started Openbase in May 2019. Currently we serve 500,000 developers every month, helping them choose packages. We’re the first platform where developers are able to rate and review open-source packages, and currently we have tens of thousands of package ratings and reviews. We have also curated hundreds of categories so developers can easily find the package they are looking for. Openbase currently supports 1.5M JavaScript (npm) packages, but work on expanding other programming languages.

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Q: You’ve recently raised $3,600,000 in Seed funding; can you tell us something more?

A: Yes, we’ve raised a $3.65M seed round, led by Zeev Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator and the founders of Netlify, Docker, Algolia, Yelp, and Twitch, and many other industry luminaries. Here’s the full list of investors:

-Zeev Ventures – Lead Investor

-Y Combinator

-Adam Gross (Former CEO of Heroku)

-Sebastien Pahl (Co-Founder of Docker)

-Mathias Biilmann (Co-Founder & CEO of Netlify)

-Christian Bach (Co-Founder & President of Netlify)

-Nicolas Dessaigne (Co-Founder & Former CEO of Algolia)

-Jeremy Stoppleman (Co-Founder & CEO of Yelp)

-Kevin Lin (Co-Founder of Twitch)

-Shlomit Harth (Former VP and Country Manager at Gartner)

-Ganesh Srinivasan (Former VP of Engineering at Uber)

-Michael Stoppelman (Former SVP Engineering at Yelp)

-Tomer Cohen (VP Products at LinkedIn)

-Ran Makavy (Former Chief Product Officer at Lyft)

-Amir Shevat (Former VP Developer Experience at Twitch)

-Ido Yablonka (Former VP of Product at Yahoo)

-Jeff Meyerson (Founder and Host of Software Daily)

-Oudi Antebi (Co-Founder & CEO of Redkix)

-Oren Dobronsky (Co-Founder & CEO of Hotbar, Infolinks)

-Dan Barak (Co-Founder of Stackbit)

-Alex Sirota (Co-Founder & CTO of Loop Commerce)

-Eyal Navon (Co-Founder & Former CTO at Hippo)

-Ophir Ashkenazi (Co-Founder of PerimeterX)

We will also use the funds to double our team’s size – we are hiring Frontend, Backend, and Full-Stack Engineers.

Q: Which developers use your platform the most?

A: Developers that use JavaScript on the frontend, or Node.js on the backend. We do, however, see an increase in mobile developers (using frameworks like React Native) on our site.

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Q: What is next on the roadmap for Openbase?

A: We’d like to add to Openbase more insights for packages, including bundle size, ESM support, security advisories, and more. Also, we want to expand from JavaScript to other languages such as Python, Java, Go, and Rust.

Last Updated on February 21, 2021

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