Alloy Automation raises $20M to scale its e-commerce automation tech

Alloy Automation raises $20M

Alloy Automation raises $20M


Alloy Automation, a Y Combinator graduate focused on connecting different e-commerce tools, announced this morning that it has closed a $20 million Series A led by a16z. The startup characterized the funding event as brisk, a contrast to its 2021 capital event when it was harder for the company to secure funding.

TechCrunch covered Alloy’s seed round just over a year ago when the startup raised a $4 million round at a $16 million pre-, and $20 million post-money valuations. More simply, Alloy just raised as much capital as it was worth a year ago.

TechCrunch spoke with co-founders Sara Du, Alloy’s CEO, and Gregg Mojica, the company’s CTO, about the round and how their company’s pitch has been refined in the last year.


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Alloy Automation’s Series A

Alloy noticed it had been somewhat more conservative in cash-burn terms than other companies of its size when it went out to fundraise, the co-founders said. As the venture market begins to rediscover price — and therefore spend — discipline, that fact didn’t harm the startup’s fundraising prospects. And Alloy had a good fourth quarter, which also didn’t hurt, Du and Mojica told TechCrunch.

Why did the company raise more capital? A few reasons, per its founders. Cash, of course, is always good to have more of at a growing business. But nearly as important for Alloy was the signal that having more capital and having a16z in its cap table afforded it. Both, the co-founders explained, helped establish the company, allowing it to secure partnerships. And with the cost of talent where it is today, having more total funding means that Alloy could snag the people it needs without fretting about near-term cash management.

Alloy applies its automation technology — a method of linking apps together to allow companies to create automated workflows — to the e-commerce market, its focus on the sector stemming from early customer demand. Today, the startup pitches itself as a control panel — or operating system for e-commerce coordination — across applications.

Alloy is just over 20 people today but has aggressive hiring plans, as you would expect. The company loosely expects to double its staff this year, it said.

Alloy is a somewhat neutral player in the world of e-commerce software, wanting to sit in the middle of the web instead of creating all the strands itself.

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