It’s not only the end-users; Coders too expect the ability to access files from different devices and locations. Croatian Codeanywhere, which was launched in 2013 by Ivan Burazin and Vedran Jukic, addresses that need and aims to become a sort of “Google Docs for coding”. Claiming 220K users and more than 175 million files edited, the team behind Codeanywhere are building what they believe will become the market-leader in cloud development.
Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt, Burazin explained that the idea for Codeanywhere emerged from personal frustrations, as startups often do. His co-founder, Jukic, found out during his career as a developer for various companies that there were not many great, cloud-based services for coding and that many developers on the web were experiencing similar frustrations. That’s how Codeanywhere was born.
The service allows developers to collaborate in real-time and supports most major programming languages. It is entirely web-based at the moment, but they are currently working to allow users multiple accounts, to develop offline capabilities, and to offer integration with services like Github, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Codeanywhere is widely-available, offering apps for iOS, Android, Chrome, Windows, Blackberry, and Amazon.
The service requires users to register, but users have the option of trying out the different packages offered. Full details are available on the Codeanywhere site, but basically users can opt for a permanently-free bare-bones account or to subscribe for a premium account for $5/month or $50 annually (roughly $4.17/month). According to Burazin, subscribing will offer users unlimited use of the service.
Codeanywhere obtained its initial funding when it raised $35K in seed funding from Tomislav Tukic and then pulled in a $600K Series A round from Ben Welch-Bolen’s World Wide Web Hosting (WWWH). According to Crunchbase, this is the sole investment that WWWH has made since it was founded in 2008.
Competitors for Codeanywhere include Turkish-founded Koding, backed by $18.5 million, and Cloud9 IDE, which claims $5.6 million in funding. Koding, which officially launched last August, claimed 100K users (at the time) for its service. Aspiring to become the “Github for developers” Koding is a service that aims to inspire new coders by offering instructions.
Cloud9 IDE, for its part, was founded in 2010 and claims 250K users, so it is worth noting that Codeanywhere has apparently nearly caught up to them in terms of traction in just a year. Thus, I would say that, while there are similar services in this market, there does not seem to be an established leader and Codeanywhere is among the primary contenders for the spot.