Ignition, Founder’s Co-op and Madrona join forces to back AppFog

Three Seattle area venture capital firms are allying to back Portland’s AppFog, which has created new technologies that allow developers to quickly build Web applications.

Ignition is leading the $8 million venture capital round, which also included participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group and Founder’s Co-op. Other investors in the round include Simon Crosby, Matt Ocko and First Round Capital. Total funding in the company now stands at $9.8 million.

As a result of the investment, Ignition’s Frank Artale — who has been a busy guy lately — is joining the board.

Founded last August, the company says that more than 20,000 developers have created about 10,000 applications using its platform. The company today also officially changed its name from PHP Fog to AppFog.

“We started the company to catalyze the development of PHP apps because it is the most widely used language across consumer and enterprise web based apps,” said CEO Lucas Carlson in a statement. “We are deeply committed to the PHP community and to our open source roots, and as we grow, we will leverage our platform to offer the same powerful application development framework to developers who use Node, Ruby, Python, Java, .NET, and more.”

The investment in AppFog marks the second for Madrona this week in Portland, which earlier this week bankrolled cloud computing startup Cedexis.