Collaborative SQL Editor PopSQL Raises $3.4 Million

By Dan Anderson ● Sep 10, 2020
  • PopSQL — a collaborative SQL editor for teams — announced that it has raised $3.4 million in seed funding led by Gradient Ventures

PopSQL — a collaborative SQL editor for teams — announced that it has raised $3.4 million in seed funding led by Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI-focused venture fund). This funding round includes participation from Y Combinator, FundersClub, and angel investors Max Mullen (Co-founder of Instacart), Calvin French-Owen (CTO of Segment), and Guillermo Rauch (CEO of Vercel). With this funding round, PopSQL plans to hire engineers to execute on its product roadmap.

The best companies and teams are known to be data-driven, but the leading data tools stil lack collaboration features. PopSQL serves as an SQL editor for teams that enables seamless collaboration on data.

PopSQL founder Rahil Sondhi launched the company in 2017 as a side project while working as an engineer at Instacart and it now has more than 200 customers like Shipt, Redfin, and Via. PopSQL’s customers run about 200,000 queries every week with top customers using the app 20 hours per week.

Ever since PopSQL first came on the market, the team added new components of the product like version control, scheduling and automation, search and discovery, and integrations with Slack and GitHub.


“I started PopSQL because I was frustrated with the existing tools on the market. I wanted a SQL editor that was beautiful, easy to use, and collaborative. Just as new collaboration tools like Slack changed the way teams communicate, our vision is that PopSQL will change the way teams analyze and share data. The new capital from Gradient allows us to scale the company and pursue our vision of creating the best tools for teams to analyze data together.”

— Rahil Sondhi, CEO and founder of PopSQL

“We’ve seen first hand the expectation among knowledge workers to be proficient in SQL.  With this, there has also been a growing frustration with the current bench of tools used to write, debug, and share these SQL queries. PopSQL’s initial beachhead as a collaborative SQL editor is just the tip of the iceberg and we’re excited for the expansive roadmap Rahil and his team have in store.”

— Muzzammil Zaveri (MZ),  Partner at Gradient Ventures

“We often ask ourselves if there is a better data tool than the one we’re currently using. We never ask that question about PopSQL because it’s so simple and easy to use, especially with all of us working remotely.”

— Cody Clayton, Team Lead, Analytics at theScore