Custom software creator Engineer.AI has raised $29.5 million from Lakestar, Jungle Ventures, and SoftBank’s AI-focused Deepcore fund.
Engineer.AI makes it easy for people with modest budgets and limited technical know-how to commission a custom app, website, or other software from scratch.
The startup uses AI to price its services and assign projects to its network of more than 30,000 engineers.
Engineer.AI, a startup that lets anyone create their own custom software, has raised $29.5 million in its first round of funding, led by Lakestar Ventures, Jungle Ventures, and SoftBank’s Deepcore fund.
The Series A raise is notable for its size and for SoftBank’s involvement. The Japanese firm has made waves by ploughing money into startups through its $100 billion Vision Fund, but it also has the newly established $52 million Deepcore fund.
According to Engineer.AI’s British cofounder Sachin Dev Duggal, this is Deepcore’s first non-Japanese investment. SoftBank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Engineer.AI’s key product is its Builder tool, which is targeted at people who want to create an app, ecommerce site, marketplace, or website for their business but don’t have the technical know-how or budget to commission developers and designers to build something bespoke. Duggal gives the example of someone running a French ski school with 200 instructors wanting a site and app that connects their different systems, but unable to afford the requisite $500,000 for custom software.
What is particularly clever about Engineer.AI is that it is efficient. It reuses different building blocks of code over and over again across its clients’ different apps or services, meaning there’s often no need to code major, expensive features from scratch, such as search. A one-off feature that would cost $30,000 to build from scratch can be offered at a tenth of the price to customers, because Engineer.AI can keep reusing the same …read more
Source:: Business Insider