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Athenian gives you metrics about your engineering team without focusing on individuals – TechCrunch

Meet Athenians, a new startup that analyzes your software delivery workflow and gives you insights. When companies launch a tool like Athenian, they try to find ways to roll out new features faster and fix bugs faster.

The startup raised a $9 million seed round led by point nine. Also participating in the round are Xavier Niel, 20VC, Abstraction Capital and Air Street Capital. A number of business angels such as Renaud Visage, Julien Lemoine and Sam Ramji also invest in the company.

Athenian isn’t the first company trying to provide analytics for software development. But founder and CEO Eiso Kant told me that tools like jellyfish and code climate focus too much on individual performance. In other words, engineers hate them because they feel like monitoring software.

Athenian wanted to start from scratch and focus on teams and events rather than individuals. When using the product, first connect it to various data sources, such as GitHub, Jira, and your CI/CD system. Athenian then regularly retrieves new data from these sources.

After that, you get “a real chart of all the events happening in the organization, from planning work to feedback from customers,” Kant told me.

The startup divides your pipeline into several categories, such as “Plan & Design”, “Review” and “Release”. You can see release frequency, number of pending bugs, and other metrics to help you get an overview.

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As a project grows in complexity, the engineering team must provide new functionality, but also debug and refactor old code to prevent this technical debt from sneaking up. Athenian gives you tools to track bugs by priority and see how their status changes over time. Likewise, you get insights into your CI/CD process (continuous integration and continuous delivery) – you can track the build failure rate over time and identify bottlenecks to fix them.

I asked Eiso Kant about the company’s investors. He gave me a long list of reasons why he chose those very investors. “We established a set of five criteria for who we wanted in the company. We want an investor who is deeply kind as a person. You have to be incredibly deep into SaaS. You must have very high beliefs. You must be a seed specialist and [Series] A. And the partner we work with has to be a general partner or a founder of the fund,” he told me.

It says a lot about his ambitions for his company as he doesn’t appear to be optimizing for a quick takeover in the future. How big is Athenian going to be? “We want to build a Datadog-sized company,” Kant said.

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