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Microservice API gateway

501-1000 employees
  • B2B
  • Enterprise
  • API
  • Cloud Computing
The East Cut, San Francisco, CA

Company mission

To build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!

Led by a woman
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23% female employees

2% employee growth in 12 months

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Kong provides a cutting-edge API and service lifecycle management platform tailored for modern architectures, such as microservices, containers, cloud, and serverless environments. With a focus on flexibility, scalability, speed, and performance, Kong allows developers and Global 5000 enterprises to securely connect and orchestrate microservice APIs for today's sophisticated applications.

The core products offered by Kong include Kong, an open-source API and Microservices management solution Galileo, a platform for API analytics and debugging; Gelato, a platform for creating developed portals for PIs and Microservices; and API Marketplace, a hub for discovering and publishing cloud APIs. Additionally, the recent introduction of a new collection of AI plug-ins in Kong Gateway 3.6 enhances the platform's capabilities further, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and advancement.

In pursuit of growth, the company is prioritizing expanding its marketing efforts, bolstering its customer service team, and accelerating product development. By focusing on these key areas, Kong aims to continue providing unparalleled solutions and support to its ever-expanding user base in the rapidly evolving landscape of modern application development.


  • Flexible time off: Take time to take care of yourself and the things that matter most
  • Stock options: We want you to share in our success. That's why stock options are offered to most Kongers
  • U-First Fridays: Get 4 hours a month for continuous learning with a book, podcast, or course of your choice
  • Virtual events: Stay connected with Donut chats, trivia, fitness challenges, guided meditations, and more
  • Dedicated unplug days: Silence those notifications. Enjoy some well-deserved long weekend where the entire team unplugs
  • Home office stipend: Build a home office environment tailored to support your productivity

Company values

  • Global: Be inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger
  • Real: Be authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments
  • Unstoppable: Be relentlessly resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle
  • Champions: Be customer obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact
  • Explorers: Be curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way
  • Own it: Be an owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work

Funding (last 2 of 6 rounds)

Feb 2021



Mar 2019




Total funding

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Previously founded Mashape API Marketplace. Before Mashape, Augusto was an SF homeless immigrant from Italy.

Janet Phillips

(Vice President of People)

Previously Director at SonicWALL for 5 years and Senior Director at Symantec for 7 years.

Previously co-founded MemboxX, an online service for storing documents and small pieces of personal data.

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