Sequoia’s Surge leads a $ 2.1 Mn round in Hashnode

Community developer blogger Hashnode has raised $ 2.1 million in a financial round led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge.

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

Hashnode was one of 17 startups selected in the fourth cohort of the accelerating program Surge of Sequoia Capital.

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

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

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

The company claims it has grown at a rate of 25% per month. So far the platform has over 20,000 active blogs with 500,000 monthly active users or MAU.

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

Entrackr exclusively reported the financial circles in the two new stealth mode starts of Surge 04 in November and December.

Among the selected 17 start-ups in Surge 04, a dozen of them have operations in India that include Hashnode, LambdaTest, Let’s Dive, Kyt, Plum, PagarBook, Shipsy, Richpanel, Studyroom, Kutumb, Alpha Digital’s healthtech program and SaaS platform about selling. which is in secret mode.