Remember those robed “prophets” wandering about WWDC declaring that the “end of native” was coming? Turns out they were from a company called Sencha and were foreshadowing the launch of Sencha Touch, a slick, HTML-5 based mobile app framework. Today the company is announcing some more exciting news: it has closed a $14 million Series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Radar Partners. Joining the Sencha board are Jim Goetz (Sequoia) and Stratton Sclavos (Radar).
This is an exciting space — HTML5 clearly has a ton of potential, but web apps generally still have a long way to go before they can compete with native apps in terms of features, smoothness, and UI. It looks like Sencha is poised to deliver on this front, and Sequoia’s investment is a big vote of confidence.
As part of today’s news, the company says that it is appointing three new executives to its team: Ted Driscoll becomes VP of Sales; Jeff Hartley VP of Professional Services of Training; and Michael Mullany as VP of Products and Marketing.
Sencha makes web standards-based products that empower developers to create amazing cross-browser application experiences with precision and performance. We offer HTML5-based frameworks tailored for desktop and mobile experiences and design tools that make application UI and CSS3 animation development easy. We’ve also innovated the industry’s first cloud services for mobile application developers, supporting your web application at anytime, anywhere. More than two million developers worldwide—representing more than 150,000 companies—use the Sencha family of products to build amazing applications every...