Strikingly is a one-page website builder that I have long been an admirer of. In fact, I included it in my list of 25 CMS to watch in 2016.
Back in August 2012, Strikingly co-founder David Chen had one goal: launch the simplest, fastest web builder around. His team succeeded in its first iteration, creating a service that used customers' Facebook profiles to auto-fill a basic website in one click. In January, Chen switched his platform so that it pulls from LinkedIn instead.
Two weeks ago, the entire Strikingly team hung out at Block 71, the epicenter of Singapore’s tech startup community. Here on a workaway trip — think work and vacation combined — the Y Combinator startup, which has built a tool for building single-page sites, announced that it will be permanently based in Singapore to focus on the Southeast Asian market.
Strikingly, the mobile Web site builder we profiled when it was part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2013 class, is honing in on the Southeast Asia market to leverage the region’s rapidly increasing smartphone penetration.
Strikingly, the do-it-yourself (DIY) website creation service, has raised a $1.5 million seed round. The investments came from prominent venture capitalists including SV Angel, Index Ventures, Funders Club, Infinity Venture Partners, and Innovation Works. Company founder David Chen tells us that the money will be used to help grow his team.