Todd Vernon - December 27, 2012
Once in a while I find myself in a discussion about starting companies. The great thing about the first day of a company, a startup in particular, is it can be anything you want it to be – that first day. Every day after that you build a little more code, you refine the idea a little more, you prioritize and reprioritize over and over again. What comes out the other end is often amazing, often valuable, and for us always a labor of love. But, nothing is as great as that first day, when the baby can be anything you want it to be!
Today we announced our seed funding investment round of $1.58M from Foundry Group, Tango and my fellow co-founders Bryce Ambraziunas and Dan Jones. Today marks the first day of VictorOps. VictorOps has been the brainstorm of a group of people, not just the founders, that have made their career putting it all on the line, often in the middle of the night, to keep the company – and more accurately – its infrastructure, technology and revenue running. Operations teams of all types, be they technical or tactical, understand the challenges, exhilarations, and stark-terror of being faced with a system outage in a business that, quite frankly, can’t have them.
We all know that feeling. With over 60 years of combined experience in the VictorOps founding team alone, we have built and rebuilt systems to help our teams succeed. We can’t help asking ourselves, “Why? Why in a world with Salesforce.com to help Sales teams, and Rally Software to revolutionize the way development teams interact, why has Operations been left out of the party?”
So today we sit here, on day one, setting our sites on maybe our most ambitious problem we tried to solve to date. Quite simply we intend to reinvent the way Ops teams solve problems and to help them “be victorious.” A need so close to our heart, so embedded in our DNA, that what we want to accomplish is positively palpable.
We will build code, we will refine ideas, we will prioritize and reprioritize and when we come out the other end we have no doubt that the way operations teams learn about, respond, and solve problems will forever be different than they do today.
Stay tuned. We have a lot to do and welcome you on our journey.
If you’re interested in working with us, we are actively hiring software developers to join our team in downtown Boulder. If you run Operations at a SaaS business and would like to be an alpha customer, please let us know by reaching out!