SensioLabs raises 5 million euros to boost the Symfony ecosystem

Fabien Potencier

December 16, 2013

I'm not just a PHP developer, I'm also a serial-entrepreneur. 15 years ago, I co-founded Sensio, a French web agency that eventually created Symfony, a PHP web framework. Last year, we decided to split the company to create SensioLabs, a company dedicated to PHP and Symfony.

And today, I'm really excited to announce that SensioLabs just raised 5 million euros (about 7 million dollars) to boost Symfony and its ecosystem.

Fund raising in the PHP world does not happen that often, and that makes me sad. Of course, PHP has big players like Automattic, Acquia, or Zend, but the PHP world has so many great solutions, great products, and a large community of very talented developers. They deserve more exposure and I hope that our fund raising is one small step into that direction.

What does it change for Symfony itself? Symfony is licensed under a very permissive license (MIT), and this will never change; we have no plans to provide a freemium version of the framework and anyway, I think it would not make any sense.

So, what is SensioLabs going to do with the money? First, we want to move the Symfony ecosystem to next level. I started Symfony 7 years ago to help companies improve their usage of PHP, and to give them a framework that implements some of the best practices needed to develop solid web applications. Now comes the time to improve the ecosystem around Symfony: bundles (more than 2,200 bundles now), applications based on Symfony (e-commerce, CRMs, CMSes, ...), and products improving the Symfony development experience. It's key for Symfony and we want to help community initiatives in this area the best we can.

Besides helping the Symfony Open-Source community, SensioLabs will also be able to hire more talented developers (we plan to hire about 60 people in the coming year). We will also extend our services internationally, and focus on providing great SaaS products (like the upcoming SensioLabsInsight). In one sentence: we want to improve the current PHP toolset.

That's a very exciting news for me and the whole SensioLabs team. Thank you for your support and expect more exciting news in the near future.

More information on the SensioLabs website.

Discussion

gravatar Laurent Ghirardotti  — December 16, 2013 10:37   #1
BRAVO !
gravatar David Castelló  — December 16, 2013 10:42   #2
Congratulations! Great Job!
gravatar Dave Marshall  — December 16, 2013 10:44   #3
Congratulations to all at SensioLabs!
gravatar Denis Roussel  — December 16, 2013 10:48   #4
Cool, but who is doing the investment ?
gravatar Abu Ashraf Masnun  — December 16, 2013 10:51   #5
This is great!
gravatar Daniel Gomes  — December 16, 2013 10:57   #6
This is AWESOME! Congrats SensioLabs!
gravatar Pablo Braulio  — December 16, 2013 11:01   #7
Wow, Congrats. It's a great new.
gravatar Erik Saunier  — December 16, 2013 11:03   #8
Congratulation to all the SensioLabs Team and the Symfony Comunity. Lets take the PHP ecosystem to the next level.
gravatar mandit  — December 16, 2013 11:04   #9
very good news for symfony ecosystem.
Congratulations for your great work of the team.
gravatar Maximilian Heinrich  — December 16, 2013 11:07   #10
\o/ Congratulations! Symfony deserves it - keep up the excellent work!
gravatar Paris mikael  — December 16, 2013 11:10   #11
Congrats, it's a very good new ! good job
gravatar Remy Jardinet  — December 16, 2013 11:16   #12
Congrats !!
gravatar Naveen Valecha  — December 16, 2013 11:26   #13
Congrats 2 sensiolabs.love symfony
gravatar Naveen Valecha  — December 16, 2013 11:26   #14
Congrats 2 sensiolabs.love symfony
gravatar Vasili Pascal  — December 16, 2013 11:31   #15
Congratulations !
gravatar Marco Pivetta  — December 16, 2013 11:33   #16
Well done! Looking forward for more awesome stuff being produced by SensioLabs!
gravatar Aliaksandr Harbunou  — December 16, 2013 11:45   #17
Where did you get so much dollars? Teaching or developing, no time to develop, need to teach.
gravatar Peter Kokot  — December 16, 2013 11:48   #18
Good news for PHP & Symfony ecosystem indeed.
gravatar Mohammad Ashrafuddin Ferdousi  — December 16, 2013 12:14   #19
Great news for any symfony2 developers, symfony2 users as-well-as for php world!
gravatar Marc Morera  — December 16, 2013 12:21   #20
Such a great notice, Fabien.

Congrats.
gravatar Micha? Trojanowski  — December 16, 2013 12:29   #21
Congratulations Fabien to you and the team. Great news!
gravatar Evgeniy  — December 16, 2013 14:42   #22
Congratz!
gravatar François Zaninotto  — December 16, 2013 14:45   #23
Chapeau !
gravatar Erika Heidi Reinaldo  — December 16, 2013 15:12   #24
Great news, congratulations! Seems like 2014 will be an awesome year for Sensio and Symfony \o/
gravatar Ricard Clau  — December 16, 2013 15:19   #25
That's really good new, not only for the Symfony community but also for the whole PHP community.

Thanks for pushing PHP forward these days full of haters for no reason
gravatar Pedro Casado  — December 16, 2013 16:49   #26
Congrats!!!! Very great news! Cheers from Brazil.
gravatar Arnaud Langlade  — December 16, 2013 16:54   #27
Congrats !! It a very good news for Symfony.

PS : Do you plan to open an agency in Bordeaux, maybe :D ??
gravatar Aurelien Navarre  — December 16, 2013 17:06   #28
This is such exciting news for the Open Source industry! Congratulations and keep up the good work!
gravatar Bernardo Alves  — December 16, 2013 17:10   #29
so nice!!!!
gravatar Hugo Henrique  — December 16, 2013 17:24   #30
I'm really happy! this is a great news!
gravatar Raul Rodriguez  — December 16, 2013 17:26   #31
This is really great news! Congratulations Fabien!
gravatar Vladimir Popov  — December 16, 2013 19:09   #32
Great job, i hope Symfony will be leader in WEb dev development!
gravatar Mark Badolato  — December 16, 2013 19:25   #33
That is quite awesome! Congratulations !
gravatar jose  — December 16, 2013 19:41   #34
Greetings to the team behind SensioLabs, this is also great news for other PHP companies and communities.
gravatar Sylvain Mauduit  — December 16, 2013 21:58   #35
That's awesome!!

Congrats :-)
gravatar David Funaro  — December 16, 2013 22:35   #36
Great job! Really.

Congrats.
The best way to finish the year ... and begin the new one :D
gravatar Jary Carter  — December 16, 2013 22:59   #37
Congrats to you and your team! Excited to see what this means for our team at OroCRM!
gravatar Yoav Kutner  — December 17, 2013 00:02   #38
Congratulation Fabien and all the Symfony family. We are excited to be a part of this amazing ecosystem and I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
gravatar Matt Janssen  — December 17, 2013 04:05   #39
Well done! Thanks for keeping the Symfony ecosystem thriving.
gravatar Jacob Christiansen  — December 17, 2013 08:03   #40
Thumbs up!!!!! Like!!!! and so on.....
gravatar Wesam Alalem  — December 17, 2013 09:05   #41
Congratulations guys. great news!
gravatar Luke Rotherfield  — December 17, 2013 09:31   #42
Brilliant news guys!! Congratulations and thanks for all your work so far
gravatar José Ignacio  — December 17, 2013 11:29   #43
Such a great new. Congratulations! Me and my team are going to celebrate it :)
gravatar Zied Jlassi  — December 17, 2013 14:05   #44
BRAVO !
gravatar Amine Fattouch  — December 17, 2013 14:39   #45
Really, it's amazing!!!
gravatar Jarrett Croll  — December 18, 2013 04:15   #46
Wow Fabien, congratulations to you and your team, that's fantastic.
gravatar kuba bednarski  — December 18, 2013 09:25   #47
Nice :)
gravatar Dmitry Tsoy  — December 18, 2013 12:13   #48
Awesome news! Congrats
gravatar Luis Fernando Vera Ortíz  — December 19, 2013 14:13   #49
Wow, congratulations. Symfony2 rocks!
gravatar Juan Guillermo García  — December 19, 2013 15:42   #50
"we plan to hire about 60 people in the coming year" Wow! I hope to be there to apply!! Definitely very exciting news. Is there a way to apply for a position now?
gravatar Reece Fowell  — December 20, 2013 08:19   #51
Congratulations Fabien and the SensioLabs team :)

I love your products, and they just keep getting better and better.
gravatar Maikel Suárez Corrales  — December 20, 2013 15:17   #52
Thank you Fabien. I would like that you come to Cuba to see our sf2 community. Many people here talented but without possiblities because of internet connection and other blocking issues. No git, facebook, gmail, etc. All blocked by proxies.
gravatar Ivan Proskuryakov  — January 21, 2014 13:46   #53
My Congratulations! I love Symfony2