Dagger Announces DevOps OS with $20M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures

Dagger, a DevOps platform that orchestrates application delivery to the cloud, has launched its public beta as well as the completion of a $20 million Series A fundraising round headed by Redpoint Ventures. Dagger plans to utilize the funds to expand its workforce and continue developing its product in collaboration with the open source community.

Dagger is a DevOps operating system that allows teams to fully manage their software supply chain. Developers have access to a portable devkit in one integrated platform, which would help accelerate the building of CICD pipelines that can run anywhere, allowing for customizable application deployment across various clouds.

Photo Erica Brescia, Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures
“It is far too complicated for DevOps teams to manage their infrastructure and deploy software to different clouds, but Dagger has elegantly cracked the code to streamline software supply chain management,” said Erica Brescia, Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures.

Solomon Hykes, Sam Alba, and Andrea Luzzardi established Dagger to bring order to the chaos of software deployment. Dagger enables developers to create sophisticated CI/CD pipelines that can run anywhere, saving time and money for overworked DevOps teams and providing organizations with end-to-end visibility and control over their software supply chain.

Redpoint Ventures led the round with participation from Y Combinator, Nat Friedman (former CEO, Github), Brian Stevens (former CTO, Google Cloud and former CTO, Red Hat), Idit Levine (founder and CEO, solo.io), Julius Volz (creator of Prometheus), Ellen Pao (former CEO, Reddit), and Daniel Lopez (co-founder, Bitnami).

Redpoint’s Erica Brescia will join the board. This extends the company’s total capital raised to $30 million, following a $3 million pre-seed and a $7 million seed round led by New Wave.

DevOps Teams

“It is far too complicated for DevOps teams to manage their infrastructure and deploy software to different clouds, but Dagger has elegantly cracked the code to streamline software supply chain management,” said Erica Brescia, Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures. “By making custom app delivery pipelines portable, the Dagger team has changed the game for building and deploying software. The founders’ depth of experience in DevOps makes them the perfect team to deliver a better experience to the developers of today and tomorrow. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Dagger journey.”

According to Dagger, the software supply chain is inefficient and difficult to manage. Developer teams in all types of businesses would be frequently burnt out and confronted with a difficult, convoluted software deployment process. DevOps teams typically build their own deployment pipelines from scratch using their own scripts, added Dagger. These pipelines can be extremely difficult to scale, transfer, or extend to other cloud platforms, while they are still reliant on DevOps experts’ institutional expertise.

“With virtually all computing moving to the cloud, software supply chains are growing so large and complex that they have become a significant bottleneck. This puts DevOps engineers – the people responsible for automating the software supply chain – under enormous pressure to keep up,” said Solomon Hykes, Co-Founder and CEO of Dagger. “These engineers have an abundance of specialized tools at their disposal, but they are forced to waste time gluing them together into artisanal pipelines. What they want is a standardized set of building blocks that they can assemble any way they want, knowing that the result will run reliably on any cloud. Solving this problem is the holy grail of DevOps, and we believe we have solved it.”