As companies increasingly turn to tools like Figma to design their software, moving design elements such as color schemes from the design tool to your codebase can be a time-consuming, manual process. .
Supernova is an early-stage startup that wants to make it easier for you by acting as a bridge between your design team and your development team, making it easier to automate changes to design elements.
Today, Y Combinator graduates announced a $4.8 million seed round.
“The idea of Supernova comes from the divergence between designers and developers. There is, I think, a kind of communication blockage between them. Also, the design and development worlds are quite disconnected one on the other, and so anything you can do to help designers and developers work together better actually goes a long way, and that’s especially true in large organizations,” said the company’s CEO and co-founder Jiri Trecak told TechCrunch.
The software acts as a sort of bridge, connecting your various design tools and repositories with your coding tools to make it easy to connect all these tools at scale. Additionally, if you have a particularly complex workflow, you can build custom apps or scripts on top of Supernova to extend the tooling even further, Trecak explained.
He says an easy way to understand how it works is to imagine you have a brand like Spotify and need to change your logo color from the familiar green to a new color. A business like this would take months to do manually, but with Supernova you just need to change your color scheme in your design tools and run the scripts, and it will ripple through the entire base of code, automatically changing the colors.
He said it could work with multiple design tools and that Supernova would still move changes regardless.
He launched the company in the Czech Republic in 2018 and became the first startup from that country to be accepted into Y Combinator in the winter of 2019. Today, Trecak runs the company from San Francisco and the company launched the current iteration of the product last year. The engineering team remains in the Czech Republic.
They have built a user base of over 1,000 customers, several dozen of which are large enterprises. The company currently has around 30 people, with plans to increase that number with the new funding.
As he grows the business, Trecak says he is very focused on building a diverse employee base and currently has employees who represent eight or nine different nationalities. “It’s something that’s really our priority. We’ve tried to be pretty diligent about it and we’ll try to be even more diligent when we go into the US market,” he said.
Today’s funding was led by Wing Venture Capital with participation from EQT Ventures and Kaya VC, as well as several prominent industry angels.