Webflow, an all-in-one CMS, web design app, and hosting platform for those who don’t write code, has just announced a $72 million Series A, led by Accel. With this round, Webflow contributes to the flurry of fundraising activity around "No Code" platforms. Bubble raised a $6.3 million seed round in June, AppSheet raised a $15 million Series A in late April, Stamplay was acquired by Apple in March, and the list continues.
The promise of No Code platforms is, in essence, that they can take the power of software development—one of the biggest drivers of economic value in history—and make it accessible, at least in part, to everyone.
The potential impact of that promise explains why there is so much buzz around No Code startups. However, while the attention on No Code platforms might seem similar to the normal startup hype cycle, there is one key difference: No Code platforms are not new.
In fact, they’ve been powering the web (and making a profit while doing it) for decades. For a quick illustration of No Code’s longevity:
Flash and Dreamweaver, two No Code tools that helped define an era of the internet, are more than 20 years old.
Shopify, the publicly traded company that did over $1 billion in revenue last year, was founded 15 years ago.
Wix, founded just two years after Shopify, is also publicly traded and did over $600 million in revenue last year.
This ecosystem has been producing billion-dollar companies for the better part of 20 years. The new generation of No Code platforms isn’t showing any signs of slowing either, with companies like Airtable—a startup bringing advanced database functionality into the No Code world—landing unicorn valuations.
They might not have the sci-fi appeal of self-driving cars, but they are, without question, some of the most valuable ventures in the history of software. [Image: Webflow]
10 hot "No Code" startups hiring now
Critics like to dismiss "No Code" platforms as faddish and incapable of producing "real" software, but here's the thing: No Code platforms have been powering the web for decades. Wordpress, one of the oldest coding-optional website management platforms, is also the most ubiquitous CMS on the web, powering over 25% of the world's websites.
The next generation of these platforms—think Zapier, Airtable, and Webflow—allows you to go a step further and actually build full-stack web applications without touching a single line of code. When it comes to democratizing the power of software, it's hard to think of an industry making more of an impact.
If you want to join a startup that is having a massive impact on the world, and also has a reliable path to profitability, No Code startups may be something to consider. We've put together a list of 10 that are hiring on AngelList now.
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