December 14, 2018
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Kong Hits Record Growth in 2018

Achieves 9X Year-Over-Year Bookings Growth, 100 Customers and 54 Million Downloads

SAN FRANCISCO December 13, 2018 Kong Inc., the leading API platform for modern architectures, today announced record growth in 2018. Among the many milestones, Kong achieved 9X year-over-year growth in bookings to date, more than doubled employee count, reached 100 Kong Enterprise customers including WeWork, SoulCycle and Yahoo! Japan and counted more than 54 million downloads of open source Kong.

2018 has been a pivotal year for Kong as we continue to grow on all fronts, said Augusto Marietti, CEO and co-founder of Kong Inc. Since we launched in 2015, weve seen adoption take off among both the developer community and the Global 5000. The API industry is evolving rapidly towards a hybrid-architecture and multi-cloud world, and we are well-positioned to help organizations keep up with these emerging demands. We look forward to continuing this exciting momentum and reaching even bigger successes in 2019.

Additional milestones this year include:

  • Named a Visionary in the April 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management*
  • Launched Kong 1.0, the feature-complete release of Kongs core open source API technology, and support for service mesh deployments
  • Opened a fourth Kong office in Atlanta to support customers and partners in North America and EMEA
  • Grew to 38,000 community members
  • Reached 5,000 projects in the community and partner ecosystem
  • Surpassed 19,000 GitHub stars
  • Reached 130 contributors to Kongs open source product
  • Hosted the inaugural Kong Summit

Global Kong Community

Kong is the single source of truth for all API traffic management and configuration at SoulCycle, said Mark Sost, senior director of engineering at SoulCycle. Our team needed to scale heavily to support our emerging Podium platform and other SoulCycle products, and Kong allowed us to significantly increase the velocity and agility with which we could push releases to production -- from five to six releases per week with our legacy system to more than 424 releases within the past 30 days alone on Podium. Were excited to explore the wealth of other features available in Kong as we grow, including service mesh support and developer-centric Enterprise features.

About Kong Inc.

Kong delivers a next-generation API platform designed for modern architectures, including microservices, containers, cloud and serverless. Offering high flexibility, scalability, speed and performance, Kong enables developers and Global 5000 enterprises to reliably secure, connect and orchestrate microservice APIs for modern applications. Kong is building the future of service control platforms to intelligently broker information across services. For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

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