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GitHub Facts

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.


  • Founded in 2008 by Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, Tom Preston-Werner, and Scott Chacon
  • Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Boulder, CO, and Tokyo, Japan. The company also has co-working spaces across major cities in the U.S. and globally.
  • Over 800 employees, of which 65% are remote
  • Funding history:
    • Series A: $100M in July 2012 from Andreessen Horowitz
    • Series B: $250M in July 2015 led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Institutional Venture Partners
  • Annual diversity report
  • Executive team

Core offerings

  • – Launched in April 2008; the world’s largest development platform
  • Plans for businesses – Trusted by 1.8M businesses and organizations; see customer stories.
    • GitHub Enterprise – Launched in November 2011; with advanced auditing and monitoring tools, teams can work together on GitHub while meeting critical requirements in their own, secure environment.
    • GitHub Enterprise Cloud – Launched in March 2017 as GitHub Business Cloud; utilize the same proven GitHub platform serving millions of developers with additional advanced security and administrative tools designed for businesses.
  • GitHub Marketplace – Launched in May 2017; the best place to find, share, and promote developer tools on GitHub.
  • Atom – Open sourced in May 2014; GitHub’s hackable text editor, built on Electron.
  • Electron – Initially developed for the Atom text editor; GitHub’s open source framework for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
  • Desktop – Redesigned to be based on the Electron framework and launched publicly in September 2017; GitHub’s Desktop app simplifies the user experience without touching the command line.

Growth and usage

  • More than 31M registered users across the globe
  • Over 100M repositories on the platform
  • $200M in ARR (disclosed in August 2017)
  • 54% of the Fortune 50 use GitHub Enterprise
  • 49% of the Fortune 100 use GitHub Enterprise
  • 2018 Octoverse report
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