Documentation is essential for every development team to onboard new developers and keep track of the details behind the project. It's more important to provide clear instructions for how to create an external API. This is a topic that many programmers hate to keep up with.
Swimm, an Israeli startup comes in to help. Swimm, an Israeli startup, has created a system that encourages developers to include documentation. It makes it easier to create it and lets them know when it's out of date. The company today announced a $27.6million Series A to continue developing the solution. Swimm is now available in beta.
Dawn Capital and Insight Partners led the round, with support from Pitango First Ventures and TAU Ventures. Swimm stated that the company has raised $33.3 million.
Oren Toledano is the CEO and cofounder of Swimm. He says that documentation can often be overlooked by developers who prefer to focus on coding. The company wanted to make it simpler and more integrated with the coding process.
Swimm's goal is to make it easy for developers to create documentation that is closely coupled to the code. Toledano stated that Swimm can connect the code to the documentation and Swimm can follow any changes to the code base. Swimm can also flag obsolete docs because of a change in code.
Swimm is part of the delivery pipeline. It can be accessed through GitHub or the IDE. When there are changes, it can flag them. The Swimm works in the same way as comments in word processing programs. You can accept or correct any changes you wish to make. It is language-independent, so it can be used with any type of code.
Toledano stated that the company treats the documentation as code.
He explained that the docs are located where the code is in the user's repository. It behaves like code. Swimm documentation goes through the same process as your code. The same CI [pipeline], same apps that deploy code and then we can use this environment to ensure that the documentation remains up-to-date."
The company has currently 30 employees. There are a few people in the U.S. and one in Berlin. According to him, the current employee base includes over 40% of women. They want to reduce that figure to half as they recruit. They plan to create the infrastructure for hiring to ensure they bring in diverse candidates.
He stated that "Once it gets there, I think you will be open and prepared with the knowledge and infrastructure in HR and people infrastructure we are building to look into additional populations that are underrepresented Israel." To promote this population to high-tech jobs, it's best to work with Israeli organizations.
In April 2020, the company was launched and received $5.7 million in seed financing. The round ended in May.