Raycast has raised $15 million in Series A funding, led by Accel and Coatue. Also participating in the round were angel investors Johnny Boufarhat, the CEO and founder of Hopin; Jeff Weinstein, the head of product at Stripe; Jason Warner, the former CTO of GitHub and Ott Kaukver, the CTO of Checkout.com, among others.
Thomas Paul Mann and Petr Nikolaev, are the founders of Raycast. The company was founded in 2020 with the idea to create a way to recover the time developers lose every day due to continuous context-switching between different SaaS tools. Raycast CEO Thomas Paul Mann told TechCrunch in an interview:
“We started the company because we wanted to improve how we work with computers. As developers ourselves, we find ourselves spending a lot of time on busywork that doesn’t bring that much value. We’d rather spend our time on the work that actually matters. This is the premise of Raycast, we bring you a tool that helps you get work done faster.”
Raycast’s goal is to make it easier for developers to find and update information with its command-line-inspired interface. The platform enables the automation of day-to-day processes and tasks and allows developers to focus on important tasks.
The launcher has also released its Extensions API and Store in public beta, giving developers the ability to build custom extensions and share them with their team or community.