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Rookout raises $16 million for debugging tech


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Rookout, an Israeli startup that develops an observability platform for the debugging of code, raised $16 million in a Series B funding round led by Fort Ross Ventures.

Do you really know what they mean when they say there is a bug in a program? Have you ever had your Windows freeze – or even crash – for no apparent reason? How often do you need to close a program and the reopen it because something did not work properly? This is what they mean by a bug in a program – a mistake or a typo in a program’s code that causes problems.

The average program has countless lines of code. The code is the instructions that tell the program what to do. But just one little typo can make the difference between working properly and not at all. Adding an extra zero at the end of a number, for example, could make the program do the opposite of what the user ants. And sometimes such bugs cause a computer to freeze up because it tells the system to do something that it just does not understand.

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This is why there is an entire field of work known as Quality Assurance – QA for short. And this is where a company like Rookout comes into the picture.

Founded in 2017, Rookout says that it empowers engineers to solve customer issues 5 times faster, by making debugging” easy and accessible in any environment,” from cloud native to on-prem and from dev to production. With its live data collection and debugging platform, Rookout allows software engineers to handle the complexity of modern applications by seeing into their code in real-time, as I is running. Using Non-Breaking Breakpoints, software engineers get the data they need instantly, without additional coding, restarts, or redeployment of their application required.

Rookout boasts that it is built from the ground up for developers, who care more about the actual code and business logic of their applications. In this way the company says that it can better help the QA people find the mistakes that cause the bugs.

“Rookout’s mission is to get to the heart of what developers actually care about,” said Shahar Fogel, CEO of Rookout. “Every engineering organization today is seeking to optimize velocity. Our solution offers code-level data extraction from any type of cloud-native environment. This funding round will further accelerate our product development towards our vision of developer-first observability.”



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