AnyPresence, which offers software to speed up and ease the construction of enterprise-friendly mobile apps, now has $6 million in new money to speed up product releases.
The B Series round, led by CNF Investments, brings total funding to about $13.5 million and includes additional contributions from existing backers Kinetic Ventures and Grotech Ventures, as well as a “strategic investment” from Citrix, an AnyPresence customer.
Reston, Virginia–based AnyPresence is one of a handful of vendors that provides a platform specifically for mobile app developers who need higher-level services than those provided by standard PaaSes or other toolsets. Other contenders in this arena are Kinvey, which recently closed a new $10.8 million round, and FeedHenry, which was just acquired by Red Hat for about $82 million.
AnyPresence CEO and Founder Anirban Chakrabarti (pictured above) said in a statement that the new money will help the company better address API management and support new device types coming online in the internet of things wave. The topic of APIs and whether they constitute the middleware of the IoT era will be a hot topic at Structure Connect next month in San Francisco.
There’s been a flurry of M&A activity around mobile app platforms. Last year Facebook bought Parse for its mobile app-building smarts. PayPal acquired Stackmob, but then dissolved it, so there are some mixed messages around the viability of standalone mobile platforms. Bigger general purpose PaaSes are also adding more mobile capabilities. Still, given the huge interest in mobile-first development, it looks as if there’s some room to grow in this category.