The 10 Hottest DevOps Startups Of 2023 (So Far)

Chaos Genius, Render and CodeSee are some of the DevOps startups to make the list.

A tool for reducing Snowflake costs, a unified cloud for building and running applications and websites, and a code visibility platform.

Chaos Genius, Render and CodeSee are just some of the startups dedicated to improving developer operations (DevOps) that have caught CRN’s attention so far in 2023.

These DevOps startups made the grade due to the quality of the technology, a compelling partner program or an impressive war chest of funds from interested investors.

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Other names to make the list include:






*System Initiative


In June, research firm IDC reported that DevOps and developer security operations (DevSecOps) roles should continue to grow, with DevSecOps roles showing a double-digit compound annual growth rate through 2027.

In July, IDC predicted an overall CAGR of 15.6 percent through 2026 for modern DevOps products and services.

See why these companies made CRN’s list for the 10 hottest DevOps startups of 2023 so far. And read other 2023 so far lists on semiconductor startups, cybersecurity, Software-as-a-Service startups, cloud startups, S and artificial intelligence startups.

Chaos Genius

CEO: Preeti Shrimal

Chaos Genius started the year with a $3.3 million seed round to help improve its platform for DevOps engineers to reduce Snowflake costs and optimize query performance.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup promises users the ability to address cost allocation and visibility, instance right-sizing, email and Slack alerts for anomalous use, storage optimization and more, according to Chaos Genius.

It uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to achieve “DataOps” and improve users’ business metrics, with the promise of between 10 percent and 30 percent in savings using the technology.

The startup is also hard at work introducing a data access and governance feature for assets and an offering for Databricks, according to Chaos Genius.

CEO Preeti Shrimal co-founded Chaos Genius in 2021, according to her LinkedIn account. She previously co-founded health benefits platform GoodHealth in 2019 and led the company for about two years. She also worked at ride-sharing platform Ola for about two years, leaving the company in 2019 as an associate director of corporate development.


CEO: Shanea Leven

Named one of CRN’s 10 Hottest DevOps Startups of 2022, CodeSee continues to impress with how it iterates on its code visibility platform.

In April, CodeSee launched the second version of its enterprise-grade platform, giving users the ability to map and automate application services, directories, file dependencies and code changes.

The platform comes with service maps with cross-repository visibility that updates as engineers work on code, maps that can reduce code review time by 30 percent and support for more languages including Python, JavaScript and C#.

San Francisco-based CodeSee promises a platform that can reduce time-to-market, improve app code without more workloads, on-board developers faster and maintain knowledge when engineers leave, according to the startup.

CEO Shanea Leven co-founded CodeSee in 2019, according to her LinkedIn account. She previously worked at Lob for about a year as head of product management, leaving in 2020. She also worked at Docker for less than a year, leaving in 2019 with the title of senior director of product management.


CEO: Debo Ray

DevZero promises developers about 40 percent of environment debugging time reclaimed through use of its offerings.

The Seattle-based startup offers production-level environments for writing and testing code, with centrally managed templates and environments that can be associated with cloud services, microservices and other dependencies to improve the development loop, according to the company.

DevZero announced a $26 million round of funding raised plus the general availability of its platform in a January post on the LinkedIn social media network.

CEO Debo Ray co-founded DevZero last year, according to his LinkedIn account. He previously worked at Uber for about six years, leaving as a staff engineer.


CEO: Ohad Maislish

In March, Env0 announced the close of a $35 million Series A round of funding to go toward research and development and scaling customer cloud operations. Microsoft’s M12 fund was among the investors.

In June, Env0 rolled out new features including bulk operations running, environment role-based access control (RBAC) granularity and the ability to move projects and sub-projects within a hierarchy.

CEO Ohad Maislish co-founded Env0 in 2018, according to his LinkedIn account. He previously co-founded and led Arno Software for about a year and co-founded and led Capester for about three years.

Terraform, Terragrunt, AWS CloudFormation and other infrastructure-as--code automation for DevOps practitioners is the goal of Env0.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup said its continuous integration (CI) automation means more predictable and manageable code, with users gaining the ability to troubleshoot issues before production.

Teams can collaborate on infrastructure, add guardrails for safety and track deployment history and workflow triggers, among other actions, according to



CEO: Jyoti Bansal

One of CRN’s 10 Coolest New DevOps Startups of 2020 and 10 Hottest DevOps Sartups of 2021, Harness continues to impress with its software delivery platform and partner program.

The platform aims to provide continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), secret management, cloud cost optimization recommendations, anomaly detection and other features.

The San Francisco-based startup started 2023 with the announced acquisition of Propelo to add a software engineering insight module to the Harness platform. In June, Gartner deemed Harness a “visionary” in its 2023 Magic Quadrant for DevOps Platforms alongside Amazon Web Services and JetBrains.

Updates to the Harness platform this year include the Aida AI assistant, continuous error tracking, new Jira integrations and improved security testing orchestration.

Harness also offers a partner program for systems integrators, resellers, MSPs and other partner business types. Insight and Ahead are among Harness’ partners, according to the company.

CEO Jyoti Bansal co-founded Harness in 2017 after selling AppDynamics, a previous company he founded, according to his LinkedIn account. He sold AppDynamics to Cisco Systems for $3.7 billion.


CEO: Marcin Kurc

Nobl9 provides a software reliability platform with the goal of helping DevOps practitioners, developers and engineers deliver quality features faster.

Software-defined service level objectives (SLOs) are the key to how Waltham, Mass.-based Nobl9 enables link monitoring, data loggings, data tracing and other actions, according to the startup.

Users can leverage Nobl9’s service health dashboard, receive reports on quality over time, see error budget burn rates and other SLO details, and opt for alerts to get ahead of outages, according to the startup.

Nobl9 also has a partner program for consultancies and other partner business types. Cognizant is a member of the program.

In January, Nobl9 raised $15.8 million from ServiceNow, Cisco Investments and existing investors Battery Ventures and CRV. The money is meant for product enhancements, customer service and outreach, according to the startup.

CEO Marcin Kurc co-founded Nobl9 in 2019, according to his LinkedIn account. Kurc previously led Orbitera through its acquisition by Google in 2016 and stayed on with the tech giant until 2019. He left Google with the title of director of Google Cloud Marketplace and Commerce Ecosystems.


CEO: Niranjan Gattupalli

ReleaseOwl bills itself as the first and only SAP-native release management platform, offering users a simpler development process across multiple SAP offerings.

Herndon, Va.-based ReleaseOwl is usable for SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP), Integration Suite, Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) and other offerings from the tech giant, according to the startup.

ReleaseOwl offers a partner program for resellers, consultancies, MSPs and other partner business types.

CEO Niranjan Gattupalli founded ReleaseOwl in 2019, according to his LinkedIn account. Gattupalli also heads up the Salesforce and Copado professional services firm CloudFulcrum.

He previously worked at AutoRabit for more than five years, according to Gattupalli’s LinkedIn account. He left the company in 2019 with the title of vice president of enterprise services.


CEO: Anurag Goel

Render offers developers a unified cloud for building and running applications and websites, servicing more than 500,000 developers and teams on its platform.

Users get access to a global content delivery network (CDN), private networks, automatic Git deployments and protection against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to Render.

The San Francisco-based startup said users can leverage fully managed in-memory storage with live metrics, fully managed databases with automated backups, the ability to run any command on fixed schedules and virtual hosting with custom Dockerfiles, among other features.

In June, Render announced a $50 million Series B round of funding to continue updating the platform. The startup also made its projects feature generally available to allow for more collaboration on applications.

CEO Anurag Goel founded Render in 2018, according to his LinkedIn account. He previously founded Crestle in 2016, later selling it to Goel was also employee No. 8 at Stripe, leaving in 2016 with the title of head of risk.

System Initiative

CEO: Adam Jacob

“The second wave of DevOps” is the vision behind System Initiative, which provides a collaborative power tool that can infer configuration, generate code, encode policy into simulations and other actions.

The San Francisco-based startup’s tool is in private beta with plans to go completely open source, according to System Initiative.

In June, System Initiative announced that it landed a $15 million Series A round of funding. Scale Venture Partners led the round with participation from existing investors, according to the startup.

CEO Adam Jacob co-founded System Initiative in 2019, according to his LinkedIn account. Jacob previously co-founded Chef Software and worked as the company’s CTO. Progress acquired Chef in 2020 for $220 million.


CEO: Yucheng Low

Scientists, engineers and managers are part of the target audience for XetHub’s brand of tools for scaling the Git distributed version control system to improve collaboration and development speed.

The Seattle-based startup’s product can help teams with model iteration, generative AI application development, data exploration and other use cases, according to XetHub.

XetHub has file tracking, big data support, instant repository mount, file-level deduplication, automatic data summaries, custom visualizations and other features, according to the startup.

In January, XetHub announced that it raised $7.5 million in seed funding. The startup has gone on to launch pyxet, a Python library for building apps with XetHub, as well as adding Windows support.

CEO Yucheng Low co-founded XetHub in 2021, according to his LinkedIn account. He previously worked as an engineer at Apple for about five years.