Sequoia’s Surge leads the $ 2.1 million round at Hashnode

The Hashnode developer blog community raised $ 2.1 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge.

A number of marquee investors also attended including Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList; Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal, founders of BrowserStack; as well as Shashank Kumar and Harshil Mathur, founders of Razorpay.

Hashnode was one of 17 startups selected in fourth cohort Sequoia Capital’s Surge Acceleration Program.

“We realized that many writers just want a platform that helps them focus on writing and gives them the freedom to blog without losing control over their content or thinking about traffic and SEO …” said Syed Fazle Rahman , CEO of Hashnode in a press release.

According to Rahman, the platform also allows you to publish articles directly from Github, a feature not available on other publishing tools.

Floated in June 2020 by Rahman and Sandeep Panda, Hashnode is a free platform and community for creating content that publish articles on their domain and helps them stay connected with a growing developer community.

The company claims to have grown at a rate of 25% on a monthly basis. So far, the platform has over 20,000 active blogs with 500,000 monthly active users or MAUs.

In addition to Hashnode, LambdaTest, Let’s Dive, Kyt, Plum, PagarBook, Shipsy, Richpanel, Kutumb, and a health technology startup operating under Alpha Digital also raised funds in 2020. All of these startups are part of the fourth Surge cohort.

Entrackr had only reported the funding rounds in the two stealth startups of Surge 04 in November is December.

Of the 17 startups selected in Surge 04, a dozen of them have operations in India which include Hashnode, LambdaTest, Let’s Dive, Kyt, Plum, PagarBook, Shipsy, Richpanel, Studyroom, Kutumb, Alpha Digital’s healthtech app, and a platform SaaS for sales engagement that is stealth mode.