Buddy Platform today is announcing that it has secured $1 million in seed financing, and rolled its service for managing apps across various platforms. Investors in the Kirkland company include San Francisco’s Transmedia Capital and Crestlight Venture Productions, as well angel investors such as Jeff Ravencraft, Kirk Drage, Nick Foskett and Christina Storm.
More than 6,000 developers are using Buddy’s technology to develop about 5,000 apps across a number of platforms, from Android and iOS to Windows 8 and Facebook. The upstart, which also today announced a .NET software development kit designed for Windows 8 app developers, is led by former Microsoft managers Jeffrey MacDuff and Dave McLauchlan.
Buddy competes against StackMob, a San Francisco startup that landed $7.5 million in funding last year, and Parse, a San Francisco startup backed by Y Combinator, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures and others. It employs three people, with plans to grow the team slightly with the new cash.
As part of the launch, Buddy is offering free access to the platform up to two million API calls per month. The offer runs through July 31st.
Previously on GeekWire: Microsoft vets launch Buddy to provide the ‘plumbing’ for mobile app development