StackShare, a San Francisco-based startup company that lets developers share their technology stacks as well as provides advice on how to use them, has raised $5.2 million  Series A round led by e.Ventures.

By Danny Crichton (TechCrunch) |

San Francisco, Cal.―Web development is complicated. What was once the relatively uniform LAMP stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP years ago has been replaced by nearly infinite variations. Multiple cloud providers, dozens of databases, hundreds of developer tools, and that is not even getting into the world of libraries. NPM, the Node Package Manager, lists about half a million packages that can be imported alone.

For software developers, the choices are dizzying, and there are limited vetted resources on the web to understand which combinations work well — particularly in production — and which do not. As the pace of technology accelerates, that increasingly means that engineers are spending more of their time just trying to keep up with the latest technology rather than actually building production-ready products.

Enter StackShare. The community, first launched in 2014 as a humble WordPress blog site, has now grown to over 200,000 developers sharing their technology stacks as well as advice on how to use them. Today, the company announced a $5.2 million Series A round led by e.Ventures. That’s on top of a $1.5 million seed round which TechCrunch covered just a few months ago.

When StackShare started, it was quite static, as users would just sort of list the technology they were working with. Yonas Beshawred, the founder and CEO of StackShare, started seeing opportunities in all of that data. “When we look at it, it is professionals finding and communicating with each other.”

As technology for developers has proliferated and matured, engineers increasingly need to stitch together existing solutions rather than roll their own code. “When your boss asks you for a new data pipeline, you don’t open a text editor, you do research,” Beshawred said. He analogizes this to “playing Legos” — the goal is to take existing building blocks and make something new out of them.

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