Backtrace bags $5M to help developers squash software bugs faster


At a time when releasing new code several times a day is becoming the norm for software teams, spending hours hunting down bugs the old-fashioned way is proving to be less and less sustainable.

Abel Mathew and Samy Al Bahra experienced this challenge firsthand during their time at AppNexus Inc.’s engineering group. To help developers deal with software issues more effectively, they left the advertising firm in 2014 to found Backtrace I/O Inc., which raised $5 million on Wednesday from a group of investors led by Amplify Partners.

Backtrace has created a debugging platform that can collect the diagnostics data generated by a company’s application infrastructure and organizes error logs based on their importance. According to the startup, its service monitor everything from the development environment where code is written to the production machines on which the finished software runs. The information gathered by its algorithms is made accessible through a visual interface that allows developers to quickly find the root cause of issues.

An engineer struggling with a particularly elusive bug, for instance, could use Backtrace to correlate error occurrences with operational data to identify which factors trigger the issue. And team leads can find problem patterns that repeat themselves across projects. The startup is positioning its platform as a more effective alternative to Bugzilla and the other traditional debugging tools that most software teams use to troubleshoot their code.

Backtrace’s value proposition has already won over several major tech companies, including content delivery provider Limelight Networks Inc., AppNexus and others. This week’s investment should help the startup widen the adoption of its platform even further.

Besides Amplify Partners, the round also saw the participation of enterprise technology fund Work­-Bench, Rally Ventures and Tribeca Venture Partners. Backtrace has raised a total of $6.13 million to date.

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