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Kubernetes co-founder, Microsoft Azure CTO invest in new Seattle startup Diagrid

Yaron Schneider and Mark Fussell, co-founders of Diagrid (left), (Diagrid Photo)

Diagrid is a Seattle-based startup offering a Dapr on Kubernetes service. It announced that it has raised $24.2 million in a Series A round. Amplify Partners joined the group.

This 10-person firm was established last year by Mark Fussell, the CEO and Yaron Schneider (CTO), who were former Microsoft engineers. In 2019, Dapr was open-sourced. Dapr has been a free Cloud-native apps and serverless computing are supported by a runtime system.

Diagrid offers API services that help developers cut down on the time and complexity of building business apps for public clouds. The company differentiates itself given the founders’ experience at Microsoft and creating Dapr, as well as KEDA, a Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaler.

IBM Research and other organizations use its software.

“Dapr and Diagrid move IBM’s Discovery Platform past the deployment and operations concerns inherent in Kubernetes, to simple and elegant repeatability, portability, and speed required to drive the demanding workloads that define acceleration in modern computational scientific discovery,” Karl Wehden, IBM Research product director, said in a statement.

Fussell was with Microsoft for nearly 22 years. He most recently led the Azure Office of CTO Incubations Team. Schneider served as the chief software engineer of Azure Container Apps for seven years.

Others backing Diagrid are: Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich, Kubernetes founder and Heptio creator Joe Beda; Envoy Creator Matt Klein; Buoyant CEO William Morgan and ex-Heroku CEO Adam Gross. Former Atlassian CTO Sri Viswanath was also a Google engineer; Seth Vargo is a Bolt Engineering director Roopak Venkatakrishnan. Kris Nova and Adam Frankl were among others.

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