RIPS Technologies sold to SonarSource

Today it was announced that SonarSource SA fully acquired RIPS Technologies GmbH, a portfolio company of eCAPITAL that provides highly automated and accurate security analysis software for web applications.

SonarSource, itself known as the maker of the leading code quality tool SonarQube, is thereby accelerating its growth in the market for Static Application Security Testing (SAST).

The acquisition of RIPS Technologies will strengthen SonarSource’s security offering and broaden its reach with additional programming languages and analysis technologies, as the teams of both firms will join forces to provide state-of-the-art code analyzers for all types of programming languages.

Olivier Gaudin, CEO of SonarSource, proclaims: “The Code Security market very much looks like the Code Quality market 10 years ago, niche and very fragmented. At SonarSource we are committed to disrupting this market, building the best products and having those adopted by all developers and development teams. I am excited about this acquisition, which will enable us to accelerate on Code Security by having more precise analyzers as part of our massively adopted products, SonarQube, SonarLint and SonarCloud.”

Dr. Johannes Dahse, CEO of RIPS Technologies until its acquisition and now Head of Research & Development at SonarSource, is excited that what started as an Open Source project and evolved through RIPS Technologies, now continues to thrive in an even larger setting.

Our team has a long history in building highly efficient code analysis solutions with a focus on detecting security vulnerabilities. Merging with SonarSource is a perfect fit and enables us to unfold our unique technology to the worldwide developer community. We are thrilled to join forces with a fast-growing technology company that has an amazing culture and world-class products.

Dr. Johannes Dahse, CEO of RIPS Technologies / Head of Research & Development at SonarSource

For eCAPITAL as the only venture capital investor in RIPS Technologies, this is a very successful exit with an IRR of 63% already after just 2.5 years since first investing into the company. Hannes Schill, Partner at eCAPITAL, summarizes: “We are proud that the team and the technology of RIPS Tech found such a great fit in SonarSource. For eCAPITAL it has been a great venture and underscores our track record in cybersecurity investments. While we have sold our stake in RIPS we are actively seeking and are, even in Corona-times, currently executing new investments with our dedicated eCAPITAL Cybersecurity Fund and our eCAPITAL IV Fund.”

About RIPS Technologies
RIPS Technologies was founded in 2016 and is a company dedicated to innovative security testing technologies, known for building from the ground up its best-in-class PHP code analyzer. Its teams have deep know-how in implementing innovative security analyzers that can automatically detect even complex and deeply nested vulnerabilities, in PHP code and more recently in other languages like Java and JavaScript.

About SonarSource
SonarSource builds world-class products for Code Quality and Security. Its open-source and commercial code analyzers – SonarLint, SonarCloud, SonarQube – support 27 programming languages, empowering dev teams of all sizes to solve coding issues within their existing workflows. Trusted by more than 200,000 organizations globally, SonarSource products are a de-facto standard for teams and organizations to deliver better, safer software. 

eCAPITAL is a venture capital firm that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech. Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL has a history of supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with eCAPITAL means joining an international network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and potential partners. eCAPITAL is located in Germany, currently manages funds with over EUR 220 million under management and was lead investor of some very successful German exits like sonnen or Novaled.

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