Docker acquires Velocity startup Kitematic

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Docker announced this morning the acquisition of Kitchener-Waterloo based and Velocity Garage startup Kitematic for an undisclosed amount. Kitematic’s open source software tool provides a GUI-driven workflow to help quickly build, ship, and run distributed applications for Docker’s open platform. The tool has become quite popular with Docker developers, having received 2,600 stars on GitHub in less than six months.

“The Kitematic team from the start was laser-focused on helping developers with their Docker experience,” said Jeff Morgan, co-founder of Kitematic. “We have been using Docker ourselves since version 0.3 and wanted to find a way to amplify our own personal successes with it for developers everywhere. That’s how Kitematic was born and now that we are a part of Docker, we have great leadership and support to help advance developer experience across different aspects of the Docker platform.”

Docker itself has found significantly rapid adoption, with more than 95,000 applications, and partnerships with AWS, Google, IBM, among others. Kitematic is only the most recent in a series of acquisitions for Docker, which acquired Orchard and SocketPlane in the last year.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Kitematic team on board to help expand our efforts in creating tooling that enriches the developer experience,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. “Kitematic reflects our original vision for Docker which was to make a great tooling for developers, who in turn would then use it to make great tools.”

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.