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Startup Growth Engines: Case Studies of How Today's Most Successful Startups Unlock Extraordinary Growth by Morgan Brown, Sean Ellis

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Cracking the Code to GitHub’s Growth

 

GitHub was founded in San Francisco in 2008 by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett as a community for developing and managing open source code using Git—the independent version-control software created by Linus Torvalds.

 

A little over a year after launch, the company had gained its first 100,000 users. [9] In July of 2012, GitHub secured $100M in venture capital from Andreessen Horowitz, a massive bet and vote of confidence for a software company at that stage. [6] This investment, the firm’s biggest to date, resulted in a $750M valuation. [4] That same year, Forbes named GitHub one of the Top 10 Tech Companies. [7]

 

 

Repositories on GitHub [17]

 

As of January 2013, GitHub had grown to ...

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