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PullRequest takes a $ 2.3M seed trick led by Google Gradient Ventures

PullRequest, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 17, announced today a $ 2.3 million round led by Google's new fund for IA, Gradient Ventures.

Joe Slack Fund, Fika Ventures, Defy Ventures, Lynett Capital, FundersClub and Liquid2 Ventures also participated.

The company 's focus is on providing code review as a service, a task that is often lost in today' s high speed agile development cycles. The company has put in place a system of on-demand code reviewers that check for bugs, security issues, coding standards, and performance issues.

This does not seem to have anything to do with the goal of Google's Gradient Ventures mission, but company founder, Lyal Avery, says that his company's roadmap is going well beyond the code review service.

They plan to automate the coding process, so that they can automatically detect problems, for example when the dependency code, the open source elements of a particular application, make the ## 147 ## 39; subject to critical update.

It may not be coincidental if Slack also participated in this round as one of the first automation parts on which PullRequest works involves a Slack bot to inform developers when any of these parts requires an update. While this project is still in Alpha testing phase, it's the general direction of the company, explained Avery


Avery recognizes that when his company establishes its code review service, it will create a wealth of data about the coding process and the problems common to reviewers. He says that they evaluate and review their code revision projects to build this dataset. Although he does not see any time when humans are removed from the revision equation, he sees the use of this data to automate the repair of common problems. "At the end of the day, it's about knowing how we are effectively driving the code review," he said.

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When we spoke to Avery in August, the company had 200 evaluators and 300 companies on the platform. Today, there are 1,000 companies and 1,900 auditors, and the company has grown steadily since then.

Avery returned to Austin, Texas after graduating from Y Combinator, and has since hired four more people for a total of six employees. They plan to use that money to continue to grow the business and plan to double the number of employees next month and go from there.

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