Addressing more than $312 billion industry problem of software debugging, Undo’s funding will fuel company’s technology expansion
Cambridge, UK – October 20, 2016 – Undo, the leading commercial supplier of next-generation software quality tools for Linux and Android developers, today announced it has closed a $3.3 million Series A financing round. The round was led by Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC), a preferred investor for the University of Cambridge and a Cambridge-based investor in technology companies. The latest round of funding will enable the expansion of Undo’s product portfolio, with a strong emphasis on Continuous Integration (CI) and DevOps.
In addition to CIC, investors include Rockspring, Martlet, Sir Peter Michael (founder of Quantel, Classic FM and California’s Peter Michael Winery), the Cambridge Angels group and Jaan Tallinn (a founder of Skype and Kazaa). The round closed in October 2016.
Greg Law, CEO and co-founder of Undo, said:
We are thrilled to have a group of CIC’s stature to lead our Series A investment round. We will use the funds to drive company growth via continued innovation in our core technology and specific investments in initiatives that further strengthen use of the technology in CI and other test automation for DevOps teams. Debugging is a $312 billion industry problem each year . While there are lots of tools on the market that can tell us when performance goes bad, few can reliably determine why and precisely where. Our technology tackles this issue, helping our customers increase their productivity and improve their overall software quality.
Undo secured its initial seed funding in 2012, when the company was based in Greg’s garden shed. Today, Undo is a recognized leader in software debugging and recording technology that gives developers precise visibility into their software failures. The technology is able to record a Linux or Android program’s execution for subsequent replay and analysis. A developer can go back in time to any instruction in the program’s history and view any location in memory.
Undo’s products are used today by many of the world’s biggest and best technology companies and leading global banks. The technology has received numerous awards, including winning ‘Best Software Product’ at the 2015 ARM Innovation Challenge and the Accenture FinTech Innovation Programme 2016. The financing comes on the heels of the company’s expansion into the Jenkins community. Undo announced a Live Recorder plugin for Jenkins in September at the Jenkins World 2016 conference.
Victor Christou, CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital, said:
With nearly half of all developers spinning their tires on debugging, Undo’s products not only solve complex real-world problems for thousands of DevOps and development teams, but do so on a global scale, Undo’s innovative technologies, combined with exciting expected growth in its core market globally, make it a great addition to the high calibre of businesses that continue to bloom here in Cambridge.
Undo’s products are used by thousands of developers to solve complex, real-world problems for leading technology companies, from embedded to enterprise and High Performance Computing to banking. Its unique record, rewind and replay technology enables Linux and Android developers to see exactly what their program did at every step in its execution, and its reversible debugging and recording technology allow problems to be fixed quickly and easily. Developers can now respond quickly to failures in production and test environments, increase their development productivity by at least 25% and improve software quality.
Undo is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. For more information, see http://undo.io/ or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@undosoft.
About Cambridge Innovation Capital
Cambridge Innovation Capital (“CIC”) invests in intellectual property rich companies in the Cambridge Cluster, combining a unique relationship with the University of Cambridge with deep financial and industry links to the area. The company strives to build leading businesses using a patient investment strategy.
CIC is led by an experienced investment team, an outstanding board and advisory panel of leading scientists and entrepreneurs, backed by long term institutional and strategic investors.
CIC has an unrivalled appreciation for world-leading scientific development given its position within the Cambridge Cluster. The company is committed to ensuring that its investment partners can build leading businesses from brilliant technologies - with the support of some of the most influential figures in the sector.
For further information, including details of other CIC portfolio companies, see www.cicplc.co.uk
 Research by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School showed that 49.9% of a developer’s time is spent debugging at a wages cost of US $312 billion a year (based on a proportion of the global cost of software development).