It’s been a whirlwind year for Styra — from going fully remote as a company to raising$40 million in Series B Fundingto more than doubling our workforce. We have a lot to be thankful for as a company, and before we say “goodbye” to 2021 and “hello'' to 2022, I wanted to take a moment to recap some of my favorite moments and initiatives of this past year.
Open Policy Agent (OPA) becomes a Graduated Project
In 2021, OPA surpassed 120 million downloads, gained 1,800 new Slack users and had 1600 new Github stars. I think it is safe to say that next year is going to be just as exciting for OPA and its community! You can read all about OPA’s year in our own Anders Eknert’s “2021 Year in Review.”
Styra recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor and named an Inc. Best Workplace
This recognition underscores the company’s commitment to building an inclusive, supportive and innovative workplace culture. 2020 was a difficult year for companies as they transitioned to a remote first work environment. At Styra, we focused on supporting our employees and let teams tell us what worked best for them, creating company policies based off of that.
Styra raises Series B Funding
Hot off the heels of those two company recognitions came our Series B funding announcement! We raised a $40 million Series B funding round led by Battery Ventures with participation from previous investors, A. Capital, Unusual Ventures and Accel, as well as new investors at Capital One Ventures, Cisco Investments and Citi Ventures. With this funding, we were able to expand our team and enhance Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS) with new policy-as-code use cases across the cloud-native stack.
The Styra family more than doubled
We set a goal to double our team this past year — hiring across all functions, and in some cases even starting new ones, such as Business Development and Education! We wanted to approach hiring with diversity and inclusivity in mind, and, as we added new members to the team, we wanted to ensure that we were investing in and cultivating our employees’ career growth. One way we did this was by embracing afully remote workforce.
We were able to hire candidates with diverse backgrounds from all over the world. And by eliminating the hierarchy between those who could physically access the office and those who couldn’t, we became a more inclusive workplace. A fully remote workforce gives everyone the same clear expectations, perks and caveats.
New uses cases and features added to Styra DAS
In July, we announced new cloud infrastructure support via Terraform, extending Styra DAS guardrails to storage, network and compute resource configuration in public clouds including AWS, GCP and Azure. Byextending Styra DAS to Terraform cloud infrastructure policy, cloud and DevOps teams no longer have to manage multiple security tools, or rely on best-effort manual processes.
Then in the second half of the year, we announcedour partnership with Kong, Inc.to advance our common vision to secure modern cloud-native applications with dynamic, policy-enabled traffic control for microservices.Styra DAS and Kong Meshtogether give teams granular control over traffic flow, and the real-time monitoring and historical audit records required to secure services and prove compliance.
We’ve also had a number of product recognition/awards throughout the year, including: