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Airbyte Raises $5.2 Million In Seed Funding Plans To Become The Open-Source Standard To Replicate Data

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Below is our recent interview with John Lafleur, Co-founder & COO of Airbyte:

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Airbyte?

A: Airbyte is the upcoming open-source standard for data integration. It runs in the safety of your cloud and replicates data from applications, APIs and databases to data warehouses, lakes and other destinations.

In addition to offering a quickly increasing list of maintenance-free connectors, Airbyte makes building your own connectors trivial. Airbyte’s ambition is to make data integrations a commodity.

Since its alpha launch 5 months ago, 600+ companies have been using Airbyte to sync data, and Airbyte now supports 50+ connectors.

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Q: What are key features of your open-source data integration platform?

A: -Airbyte ambitions to cover the long tail of connectors by providing a growing list of connectors and an easy way to build new ones.
-The ease of use of Airbyte’s UI enables non-technical analysts to replicate data in complete autonomy.
-Airbyte’s API enables data engineering teams to leverage Airbyte’s connectors in their workflow and applications.
-Airbyte supports both full refresh syncs and incremental append ones. It will soon support change data capture for the databases.
-Airbyte can export both raw and normalized data (leveraging DBT).

Q: Could you tell our readers something about pricing?

A: Here’s what we have in mind in terms of business model.

There will be a community edition that will remain open source forever. Everything we’ve built right now is part of that open-source edition. It will include all the features that an individual contributor needs to perform their integration, i.e., connectors, integration with the data stack (DBT, Airflow, etc.), incremental/change data capture, etc.

Then, there will be a licensed edition with two plans:
A standard plan: hosting & management (premium support + SLA)
An enterprise plan, with data quality & privacy compliance features, and SSO & user access management features

We will also work on a hosted version in the future.

The last business model we have in mind is what we call “Powered by Airbyte.” We’d empower you to offer integrations to your own clients on your platform, using our white-labeled connectors through our API.

Q: You’ve recently raised $5.2 Million in Seed funding; can you tell us something more?

A: We will grow the team to 25 people by the end of 2021 and focus all our development on our open-source edition. Our goal is to become the open-source standard to replicate data. To do so, Airbyte needs to work for any company, whatever their data stack, and whatever their use case and data volume. We will then raise a Series-A based on our adoption metrics, and only start focusing on premium features after that.

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Q: What can we expect from Airbyte in the next 12 months?

A: We want to be able to support your use case with our open-source edition, whatever the use case. So that means integration with all the data stack (Airflow, DBT, Dagster, etc.), supporting all incremental features (including change data capture), supporting all types of sources and destinations (including data lakes, databases, in addition to warehouses). There will also be a lot of focus on strengthening our connectors, making them adapt to schema changes automatically. In the end, data integration is a thousand-paper-cut problem, and Airbyte’s connectors need to work whatever your infrastructure and data volume.

Last Updated on may 9, 2021

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