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Xata

Serverless database service powered by postgreSQL with spreadsheet-like UX

21-100 employees
  • B2B
  • Data storage
  • Enterprise
  • Big data
  • SaaS
  • Cloud Computing
Remote Europe & USA

Company mission

Xata is a serverless database radically simplifying the way developers work with data.

Top investors

25% female employees

Otta's take

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Like many promising startups, Xata was born from its founder’s frustration. In this case, Monica was struggling to create a simple matching application. In response, she built Xata - a serverless database that makes it easy for serverless apps (like JAMstack websites) to query the data they need via APIs.

Crucially, Xata gives businesses continuous access to their data in a rich and flexible way, while remaining a database layer fit for frontend development through JAMstack platforms like Vercel and Netlify.

Following extensive beta testing and a Series A funding round in 2022, Xata has released to the public, offering free and paid tiers. Notably, and staying true to its founder's work on promoting underrepresented communities in the tech sector, it has appointed an all-women board of directors.

No-one has been able to deliver the scalability of traditional database SQL-based software with the UI of Airtable. Xata’s biggest challenge may simply be convincing developers to believe its technology can really do what it promises, though early signs are extremely encouraging.

Benefits

  • REMOTE WORK 🏡💻. We are a 100% remote team distributed across Europe and the east-coast of the US.
  • FLEXIBILITY🧘‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️ We work asynchronously. We don’t track hours. And we don’t count PRs. So you have the flexibility to work where and how you work best.
  • HOLIDAYS 🛫🏕 Everyone in the team gets 30 days of annual leave per calendar year, on top of their local bank holidays.
  • PARENTAL LEAVE🤰🏻🧑🏽‍🍼 2 months full paid parental leave. Take it how and when works best for you and your family.
  • STOCK OPTIONS 🚀📈 Every employee receives stock options so you can share in the success of Xata. As we grow, so too does your investment.
  • WORKSPACE BUDGET 🖥👩🏾‍💻 £2500 to spend on a laptop + £1000 for your home office. Can't work at home? No worries, we also offer a co-working space stipend.
  • XATA OFF-SITES 🌍🏝 Get together in-person with the rest of the team twice a year at our Xata off-sites. We've been to Greece, Spain and Italy to name a few.

Funding (2 rounds)

Mar 2022

$30m

SERIES A

Sep 2021

$5m

SEED

$35m

Total funding

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Founders

Co-founded open-source infrastructure monitoring platform, Beats, which was acquired by Elastic for which they then became Director of Engineering for the Ingest division.

People progressing

Joined Xata as a Senior Software Engineer and progressed to Staff Software Engineer in 7 months.

Alexis joined Xata as a Senior Software Engineer and within 12 months of joining he has been promoted twice to a Tech Lead and now a Staff Software Engineer.

Diversity & Inclusion at Xata

  • Xata has been committed to celebrating differences from day one. It was a search for diversity that sparked Monica's idea to start Xata. Having heard accounts of discrimination and burn-out, she set up a non-profit organization Tupu.io to help tech companies support diversity in tech through mentorship. It was while searching for a serverless database to store details of all the mentors and mentees that the idea for Xata was born.
  • If you come from an underrepresented background in tech, we strongly encourage you to apply. At Xata we strongly believe that our success is driven by the talented and diverse team brought together from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and countries. We are always challenging ourselves to build an inclusive culture that allows us to build innovative and successful products.
  • We're so intentional when it comes to diversity that Xata's founder Monica has worked hard to make sure Xata has angels and investors from a wide variety of backgrounds too. So, we're proud to say that we have an all-female board of directors.
  • Everyones circumstances are different so we also put a lot of value on work-life balance and flexibility. At Xata you should expect a relaxed, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Because we know that in order to build a lasting company, we need to think like we are in a marathon, not a sprint. How? We don’t track hours, we all work remotely, usually from home, and we are an asynchronous workplace.

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