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Steadybit wants developers to engage in chaos engineering before production • Technology Flow

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Chaos engineering was originally developed in large companies to help stress-test systems in production. Over time, startups and open source projects have made it more accessible, but for the most part it’s still the realm of SREs (Site Reliability Engineers) testing production systems.

Steadibit, a German startup, wants to make these tests available to more developers by building them into the development pipeline. Today, the company announced the general availability of its chaos engineering product.

Benjamin Wilms, co-founder and CEO of Steadibit, said that by pushing messy tests back into the development pipeline, non-experts get involved, so they can fix problems before they hit production.

“Developers are hounded by incident after incident and under tremendous pressure. We want to get them into a more agile approach earlier in the process of checking and validating their code before it goes into production,” Wilms told Technology Flow.

He says they can demonstrate that the software can handle cloud disruption, rolling updates or any number of events that could cause the software to fail.

Before starting Steadibit, Wilms worked as a consultant working with development teams to help pressure-test their projects, and he found that by the time they brought him in as the software was released, it was too late. He saw an opportunity and launched the startup in 2019 with his co-founders.

They created a solution to test the variable nature of software development today and allow developers to code testing into the process, making it more automated to identify problems before they become a problem for users.

Steadibit test results screen

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It’s early days, but the company has five paying customers and 11 employees. As he builds the company, he says diversity is important and tries to learn from others who have built successful diverse companies.

The startup raised a total of $7.8 million in funding in three tranches: a $200,000 pre-seed in 2019, followed by a $2.6 million seed in 2020 and another $5 million secondary seed last year.

Eliot Durbin, a general partner at Boldstart Ventures, the firm that led the seed round, was so impressed after hearing about the company that he flew to Germany the next day to meet the team in person and agreed to write the check that night. What made him so excited?

“Prior to Steadibit, ‘Chaos’ tooling was originally designed for SREs and operators, not developers. “The founder’s focus on product teams testing how their apps/services work, sharing that responsibility with SREs and operators really excited me (and on the plane to Germany the next day),” Durbin told Technology Flow.

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