DevOps Automation Platform Zeet Secures $4.3M in Seed Funding

Zeet Founders
Zeet Co-Founders, Johnny Dallas (20) and Zihao Zhang (25)

Zeet, an integrated DevOps and deployment platform for software engineers, has raised a $4.3 million initial investment round, which was headed by Sequoia Capital and included engineering executives from AWS, Google, Twitch, Repl.it, Yelp, Sentry, and other companies. As Zeet continues to draw clients and engineers to its cloud-native DevOps platform, the business plans to utilize the revenues to speed up the hiring process.

Zeet would offer developers a straightforward interface to help them make the most of their cloud environment and to cope with the complexities of it. Instead of reinventing the wheel, Zeet operates well-known enterprise tools and cloud services across AWS and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), such as AWS Lambda, AWS RDS, Kubernetes, Prometheus, KNative, and Keda. It would allow developers to concentrate on creating new products without having to worry about how their applications are performing.

DevOps engineers may use the tools they are already acquainted with to manage their infrastructure since Zeet operates in the clients’ cloud accounts. Any application engineer can “simply” construct infrastructure, generate CI/CD pipelines, supply SSL certificates, and expand their services thanks to Zeet’s ‘Heroku-like’ interface.

Zeet enables developers to transfer applications between clouds, decrease latency, and take advantage of specific features from each cloud thanks to support for a variety of public clouds, including AWS, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Coreweave, and others.

“Zeet was founded to level the playing field for engineering teams and companies,” said Johnny Dallas, Founder and CEO of Zeet. “Our platform allows any developer to get FAANG-quality infrastructure at the push of a button, and is already trusted by more than 18,000 developers. With this funding, we will continue to scale out our own engineering team and achieve our ambitious product roadmap. We plan to add compatibility for many more types of infrastructure resources, starting with Terraform and Helm chart deployments, as well as make more complex full-stack integrations like canary deployments and end-to-end tracing a breeze for any team.”

Founders: Johnny Dallas (20) and Zihao Zhang (25)

The two founders of Zeet, Johnny Dallas (20) and Zihao Zhang (25), met in 2018 while working at Bebo, which was later bought by Twitch, an Amazon company Dallas remains the youngest-ever AWS re:Invent speaker, after his 2018 talk describing the internal developer platform built by the pair which helped Bebo scale to every available AWS region, and manage thousands of concurrent machines without any full-time SRE team. Johnny Dallas later-on held the record for being the youngest engineer to have worked at Amazon.

“Zeet has made it so every engineer can focus on writing applications, without thinking about infrastructure. Instead of all the pressure of deployment falling onto one team, everyone is able to use Zeet on their own without any supervision needed,” said Jake Loo, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Thirdweb. “It serves everyone, no matter their skill level – our entry-level engineers don’t have to be experts, and our cloud experts can build on top of Zeet to make their job easier. I don’t think we could go back to the old way.”

“As cloud infrastructure has grown and matured over the past decade, it has become a bewildering array of services, each one with its own menu of configuration options,” said Bogomil Balkansky, Partner at Sequoia. “The whole point of cloud was not to think about infrastructure, yet developers have to spend non-trivial time learning and configuring cloud infrastructure. Zeet is a great way to get back to the original promise of cloud: a simple and elegant experience abstracting a rich set of services. We are thrilled to support the Zeet founders in their journey.”

“Democratizing server application deployment is key to the continued proliferation of web computing. Without any doubt, Johnny and Zeet are the answer to cost, risks, security, deployment optimization and scaling,” said Alfred Chuang, Partner at Race Capital. “Any company looking to scale on the cloud will need Zeet, which is one of the many reasons we found this to be a critical investment. I am excited to partner with Johnny and the team.”