Java Alternative Company Typesafe Raises $3 Million

Posted May 12, 2011

About 8 years ago, German programmer Martin Odersky developed a new language that would be able to compete against Java. The Scala language really took off when Twitter started using it to prevent their user base from crashing the network. Odersky’s Typesafe has raised $3 million in funding led by Greylock Partners. VMWare founder Diane Greene, and Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya also participated in this round. “We think the time’s right to assure enterprises that this is something stable and long-term,” stated Odersky.

Typesafe is the merger between two start-up companies Scala Solutions and Akka. Scala is a company that Odersky launched this past fall to give clients certified versions of the language and guidance. And Akka provides open source support to those who want to write apps using the language. Some of Scala’s other clients include LinkedIn, Foursquare, UBS, and Credit Suisse. Java inventor James Gosling is on the advisory board at Typesafe.

[Mercury News]