Jul 01, 2021
Jul 01, 2021
Clerk raised a $4 million seed round led by S28 capital with Andrew Miklas (cofounder, PagerDuty) joining our board.
Today, we're thrilled to announce that Clerk has raised a $4 million seed round, led by S28 Capital with Andrew Miklas (cofounder, PagerDuty) joining our board. Additional participants include Fathom Capital, Calvin French-Owen and Ilya Volodarksy (cofounders, Segment), Darragh Buckley (first employee, Stripe), Max Stoiber (creator, styled-components).
Developers love Clerk because it's fast to set up and maximizes conversion through their Sign Up and Sign In forms. Development speed and conversion rates have become bigger challenges in recent years, as users are demanding more variety in the ways they authenticate.
While privacy-focused users are demanding to create accounts by email, convenience-focused users are demanding "single sign-on" through vendors like Google and Facebook. Subsets of both groups are also security-focused, and are demanding multi-factor authentication.
Creating a cohesive user experience that caters to every group is challenging, and developers often make mistakes that leave their users frustrated or unable to access their accounts. A few examples we commonly see are:
Clerk's prebuilt Sign Up and Sign In forms eliminate these mistakes and more. They are built by a team of designers and engineers who focus on maximizing conversion without sacrificing security. If custom designs are preferred, Clerk's API can be used instead to speed up development while still mitigating these errors.
With this funding, we will focus our efforts on five product areas that are crucial to our customers' success:
These five focus areas are driven by the requests of our early adopters, whose enthusiasm and steadfast support made this funding possible. We're excited to continue servicing their needs, and also to welcome the next wave of developers in need of better tools for authentication and user management.
Our team has grown from 2 to 15 in the past eight months, and we're excited to continue that growth across engineering, design, developer advocacy, and more. If you're interested in complex design and engineering problems, or the challenge of creating a ubiquitous developer tool, come join us.
With immense gratitude,
Colin and Braden Sidoti
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