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VMblog Expert Interview: Like AWS for JavaScript Developers - Vercel Gets $21 Million in Funding

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Vercel, a startup founded by the creators of the popular Next.js web framework, announced $21 million in funding from Accel, CRV and additional investors including React creator Jordan Walke, and GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.  VMblog asked Vercel CEO Guillermo Rauch about his plans for the company next.

VMblog:  What do you mean by "like AWS for JavaScript developers?"

Guillermo Rauch:  Our lead investor at Accel, Daniel Levine, said that he believes Vercel can do for the 11 million frontend developers what AWS accomplished for backend developers. Vercel is built on the success of its open source framework Next.js, used by more than 300,000 developers today. Created to use the power of React that was developed at Facebook to enrich customer experience on their site, Next.js already helps power the frontend experience at some of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world: AT&T, British Airways, GitHub, Hilton, Hulu, National Geographic, Nike, Red Bull, Ticketmaster, Twitch, Uber, Zillow, and more.

VMblog:  What is the history of Next.js?

Rauch:  Several years ago, Tim Neutkens, Naoyuki Kanezawa and I co-created Next.js because of our belief that React was so powerful it could become the full engine for the frontend. We started Next.js to provide some critical new functionality to make React consumable for everyone who wanted to do everything with React, instead of just one specific component. We saw a rapidly growing demand for the component-based React approach to drive the full frontend experience.

VMblog:  What are the larger technology trends in the frontend developer experience that Vercel aims to ride?

Rauch:  There are three driving trends that we saw and the key is a single URL that abstracts the backend with Develop / Preview / Deploy:

1- Components are the right primitive for the frontend;

2- Speed is of the essence;

3- To repeat, it's all about Deploy Preview > Code Review (with a URL as the superior abstraction)

VMblog:  And how do you get faster speed with web sites and applications built on Vercel?

Rauch:  Vercel operates a global network of 23 edges and gives you a perfect Lighthouse score out of the box every time you deploy. You don't have to think about what's going on with our CDN or the serverless magic behind the scenes -- your URL gets deployed to every edge in the world, all your static assets get cached, compressed with the greatest codecs (like Brotli, which is built into Vercel out of the box), and optimized for every frontend performance metric you could care about but couldn't test on your local computer. Vercel not only focuses on the speed of your sites, it's also built to make your team fast, by bringing the developer experience closer to the cloud, and making iteration easy and fast by default.



Guillermo is the CEO and founder of He founded two startups previously: LearnBoost and CloudUp. He is the creator of several popular Node.JS open source libraries like, mongoose and slackin as well as the React framework Next.js. Prior to Node.JS, he was a core developer of the MooTools frontend toolkit. He's a curator, open source enthusiast and blogger.

Published Monday, April 27, 2020 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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