Official Pardons

Paul Graham Publicly Releases Nodejitsu From Hacker News Jail


Notorious Nodejitsu just got a big fat “get out of jail free” card from Paul Graham. The New York-based startup has been persona non grata on the influential geek forum Hacker News since . . . well, we first heard about the drama, oh, back in December?

Mr. Graham, who runs Y Combinator and Hacker News, says Nodejitsu was banned for spamming; Nodejitsu’s founders suspected it was because they compete with Y Combinator alum Heroku. But as of Sunday night, Nodejitsu’s back in the game. Read More

Laptop Rappers

Nodejitsu Investor “Will Money” Raps on New Nerdy Javascript Track

Mr. Squires.

Marak Squires of Nodejitsu, the node.js hosting platform based in New York and San Francisco, likes Javascript. A lot. And he likes to rap about it. The latest, “The Stack Trace Boyz present a parody of David Guetta ft. Akon – Sexy Chick,” features one of the startup’s investors as “Will Money.”

“That’s our support team and investor,” Mr. Squires told Betabeat. “Our team is so agile I was able to pivot our support team into a Javascript boy band in six hours last Friday. But that wasnt working out, so we pivoted back to node.js hosting.”

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Nodejitsu, Support for JavaScript of the Future, Raises $750K


Nodejitsu, a three-person start-up based out of General Assembly that’s basically bootstrapped themselves through a year of coding, just raised its first round of outside funding: $750,000, led by General Catalyst.

The Nodejitsu team is building a platform that takes advantage of the buzz around node.js, a relatively new technology that’s rapidly gaining popularity with developers. RRE Ventures and First Round Capital also participated, after Mr. Robbins was introduced to investors there through contacts at General Assembly. Read More

The Third Degree

Nodejitsu’s Co-Founders on the Power of Node.js and the Beauty of Javascript

charlie and marak

Charlie Robbins and Marak Squires are high school friends, now all grown up and united by their passion for Javascript. Their company, Nodejitsu (also Paolo Fragomeni, who joined as a later co-founder) just raised $750,000 after about a year of basically bootstrapping. They’ve been writing hours of open source code and building a platform to help developers who want to use a relatively new technology, Node.js, to build faster, stronger apps.

Betabeat interviewed these guys back in January, when they were still scrapping hard at General Assembly. Since then, Mr. Squires moved to San Francisco because they decided they needed a presence there, and has set up shop at the West Coast Hack Haus in the Lower Haight. He is in the process of developing a series of raps that teach people about Node.js. Read More