Madrona, First Round, Founder’s Chip in for PHP Fog

PHP Fog, the cloud computing platform, secured a $1.8 million financing from Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital and Founder’s Co-Op, along with other angels. The company was founded in 2010 by Lucas Carlson.

PHP Fog, a PHP-based Platform-as-a-Service (PHP PaaS) cloud computing platform today announced that is has secured $1.8 million in financing from Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital, Founder’s Co-Op, and other prominent angel investors.

PHP is the most popular web development language in the world, with millions of active developers and tens of millions of PHP-based sites already in deployment. PHP Fog is the only company offering effortless deployment and infinite scaling of PHP applications in the cloud. The company offers one-click deployments for many popular PHP apps and frameworks including WordPress, Drupal, Kohana, Zend, and SugarCRM. Also, with PHP Fog’s N-tier scaling, customers no longer have to worry about reliability, since every part of their web stack has built-in redundancy and failover. The company is currently in private beta but expects to launch publicly in the first half of 2011.

“PaaS is a red-hot sector and recent industry developments have validated the market need for cloud application platforms that help customers build, deploy and scale web apps,” said Tim Porter a Partner at Madrona Venture Group who will join the company’s board. “PHP Fog identified an important customer need and developed an innovative, differentiated service with an all-star team that uniquely addresses it. Great companies start with great people and we are excited to help them grow PHP Fog to a large company.”

“PHP Fog is precisely the kind of company – and Lucas is exactly the kind of entrepreneur – that Founder’s Co-op exists to support,” said Chris DeVore from Founder’s Co-op, a seed-stage investment fund based in Seattle. “He’s a developer’s developer, tackling an acute pain that he and his peers experience in scaling their own software businesses.”

The company was founded in 2010 by Lucas Carlson, a PHP developer for over 8 years and one of the leading Ruby developers in the world. Prior to starting PHP Fog, Lucas was engineer #1 at Mog and helped to build and scale the site to tens of millions of monthly pageviews. Lucas also wrote the Ruby Cookbook for O’Reilly and is active in the open source community.

“I couldn’t be more excited about all the strong investors the company has been able to attract,” said Lucas Carlson. “We are in a space that is changing every day, but the opportunity is massive. Now we have the resources to scale quickly and provide a world-class service to PHP developers.”

About PHP Fog
PHP Fog provides simple one-click installations of some of the most popular PHP applications out there.

It just works.

You get full access to the source code of your PHP application through git. Push your code changes to us and we will publish these changes to the cloud.
We handle deployment, failover, database maintenance, scaling, and all the other plumbing that can take an army of programmers and systems administrators to handle. Automatically. You pay only for what you use.

About Madrona Venture Group

Madrona Venture Group ( has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest since 1995 and has been privileged to play a role in some of the region’s most successful technology ventures. The firm invests across the information technology spectrum, including consumer Internet, commercial software and services, digital media and advertising, networking and infrastructure, and wireless. Madrona currently manages nearly $700 million and was an early investor in companies such as, Isilon Systems, World Wide Packets, iConclude, and ShareBuilder.
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