Meteor web platform gets $11.2 million funding
Geoff Schmidt, CEO of the Meteor Developer Group, has announced that the $11.2 million funding, mostly from Andreessen Horowitz, will allow the core team "to focus entirely on Meteor for several years". The funding also "eliminates any possibility of talent acquisition" and the developers "control the company's board". Andreessen Horowitz's seat on the Meteor board is to be filled by Rod Johnson, creator of the Spring framework who recently left SpringSource and VMWare.
The immediate plan for the developers is to make Meteor "the best platform for writing most any kind of app" and they have set a goal of being as ubiquitous as "SQL, Apache or Java". While assuring Meteor users that it will always be open source, a longer term plan is to produce a commercial, enterprise grade, multi-tenant hosting environment for Meteor applications which will be called Galaxy. "Galaxy is a long distance in the future," says Schmidt.
Although Meteor itself is built around the Node.js server at the backend, it actually breaks from Node.js's asynchronous model to run each request on its own thread (node fiber); this does make it somewhat incompatible with the rest of the node.js ecosystem. The Meteor framework is, though, powerful enough that this would not be a problem for many developers. Meteor has, to date, lacked an authentication system but an early version of a new auth branch is available.