Helios raises $5 million to increase cloud-native development velocity





Helios, a platform for developers building cloud-native applications, announced today that it has received $5 million in funding led by Entrée Capital and Amiti VC. Several angel investors also joined the round, including Benny Schnaider, Guy Podjarny (co-founder of Snyk), Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit (co-founders of Skycure), and Guy Fighel (GM at New Relic). The round will help the company make it easier to understand, troubleshoot, and test distributed systems during development, and it is also understood that the company has launched a new free tier for its platform.

“As applications and companies grow, development slows down because it’s harder and harder to understand how one small change might affect the system,” said Ran Nozik, co-founder and CTO of Helios. “A small change or bug in a microservice or API can ripple out through a distributed app; perhaps twenty microservices later the change causes an error, or data is silently lost. Devs spend more and more time troubleshooting and less time on what they want to be doing — creating new features.”


Modern cloud apps consist of hundreds of microservices, third-party APIs, or components where a single initial request can hit hundreds of different services as it branches out through its application. This makes it hard for developers to fully understand their code and how it might interact with the system as a whole, and the friction points caused by this can slow down the whole development process, result in buggy code, or simply annoy the developers.

The company claims to be the first developer platform built specifically for cloud-native application developments. It breaks down the silos inherent in microservice architecture giving developers a full understanding of how their code interacts with the distributed app as a whole so they can build, troubleshoot, and test more easily, which increases development velocity.


“We built Helios to give developers the cloud-native dev platform we wish we’d had ourselves,” added Eli Cohen, its co-founder and CEO. “Helios gives the right data with the right context at the right time, throughout the entire development lifecycle, streamlining activities from design and collaboration to troubleshooting and testing. The best feedback we get from our customers is that Helios makes their developers happier and helps them build better together.”

Eran Bielski, General Partner at Entrée Capital, added: “Growing tech companies often grapple with scaling their cloud-native architecture. Companies want to focus on building a successful business, but often the day-to-day work of developers is full of friction that slows down progress. Helios’ focus on both developer velocity and productivity is exactly what the market needs, and I have little doubt that every software development company in the world will soon be using such a tool.”

Helios was founded by Cohen and Nozik, who for two decades have worked together at tech companies. It has 15 employees and works with dozens of early customers.




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