What a year we have had! Hypergrowth, a huge community, and lots of recognition. But what we are most proud of is how Kong's technology has impacted the world, thanks to our users. We can't thank these users and the community enough for making Kong the most adopted open source API gateway out there. In fact, our technology just crossed 30,000+ stars on Github.
This month we celebrate the anniversary of the start of Kong Inc., when we sold our Mashape API marketplace and decided to pivot our business focus 100% to our Kong open source project and introduce an enterprise version of the popular product to organizations across the world. It's been quite a journey. Four years later, we are happy to look back at all that we have accomplished over the past year.
A Big Year for Kong
We recognize all the trials the world has faced this year. We also recognize that our team has worked to stay safe, reach out to others and continue to move our company forward. During this year, our team has almost doubled in size, with a mostly remote global workforce, and was recognized as a Great Place to Work.
Our investors have also taken notice of our hypergrowth. Earlier this year, we closed a $100 million series D funding round, tripling our valuation to $1.4 billion and allowing us to further accelerate our go-to-market operations.
This year, we also announced the general availability of Kong Konnect, the service connectivity platform designed from the ground up for the cloud native era, delivered as a service. We also expanded open access to Kong Konnect, for everybody anywhere in the world, thanks to a new plan called Konnect Plus!
And we announced the availability of the Konnect SaaS layer in other geographies outside of the US. Specifically, our customers in Europe and Asia-Pacific geographies can now have access to a Konnect SaaS layer in their region if they have data privacy and compliance requirements that require it.
Another milestone for us this year is organizing our first completely virtual Kong Summit. Kong Summit 2020 was a success, and Kong Summit 2021 is poised to be even better.
This evolution reflects how the close-knit Kong community — Over a hundred thousand individual open source users and enterprise customers — is embracing Kong, its people and its vision. Join our community next month as we come together virtually for Kong Summit 2021.