Our Story

Gradle started as an open-source project in 2008 led by Hans Dockter (the current founder and CEO of Gradle Inc.) and Adam Murdoch. The success of the Gradle Build Tool project ultimately led to the development of Gradle Enterprise which was launched in 2017. Check out our company’s major milestones from inception to present below and hover over a milestone to learn more.

Gradle Build Tool 0.1 released by original Gradle OSS project founder Hans Dockter
With a strong passion for developer productivity and out of frustration with the available technology, Hans Dockter starts work on a new build system.

Adam Murdoch joins as co-founder of the OSS project
Hans and Adam had never met in person before joining. This was the start of our remote-first workforce that continues today.

Gradle Inc. founded
Founders Hans Dockter and Adam Murdoch

First major open source projects migrate to Gradle
These include Hibernate and Spring Framework

Gradle receives the Springy Award
Award given for “most innovative open source project”

Gradle makes the shortlist for the 2011 JAX Best Java Technology Award
Gradle was named a finalist based on community nominations and votes from a panel of Java experts.

Gradle Build Tool 1.0 is released
Focuses on backwards compatibility

Google selects Gradle as default build tool for Android
Google and Gradle continue to have a tight relationship today.

Gradle closes seed funding round
$4.2M Round | Lead Investor: True Ventures

Gradle Build Tool reaches 1M downloads per month milestone

Gradle designated "Cool Vendor" by Gartner for Gradle Build Tool

Gradle closes series A funding round
$10.5M Round | Lead Investor: DCVC, Bain Capital Partners

Gradle introduces Gradle Enterprise
Featuring Build Scan: A shareable record of a build that provides insights into what happened and why

Gradle Build Tool is counted among top 25 open source projects by TechCrunch
Based on public interest, user activity, job impact, and GitHub influence

Gradle closes series B funding round
$13M round | Participating VCs: Harmony Partners, True Ventures, DCVC, Bain Capital

Gradle Enterprise introduces build performance dashboard
Provides many metrics and trend information that can be used to monitor, evaluate, and improve build performance

Gradle Build Tool reaches 10M downloads per month milestone

Gradle Enterprise announces Maven support
Key capabilities include Build Cache and Build Scan support

Gradle Enterprise unveils Test Distribution
This product extension dramatically reduces test time by assigning tests to remote agents and running them in parallel.

Gradle launches DevProdEng Showdown!
Live event series featuring industry experts

Gradle Build Tool reaches 20 million downloads per month milestone
Gradle Build Tool downloads doubled in less than one year.

Gradle closes series C funding round
$27M round | Lead investor: Triangle Peak Partners

Gradle Enterprise launches first performance acceleration solution powered by machine learning
Predictive Test Selection saves up to 70% of testing time by identifying, prioritizing, and running only tests that are likely to provide useful feedback.

Gradle CEO keynotes ApacheCon

Gradle hosts first annual DPE Summit

Gradle Build Tool reaches 30 million downloads per month

Gradle acquires Scala acceleration technology provider Triplequote

Gradle Inc. Joins Kotlin Foundation as First New Member Since Founding by Google and JetBrains

Gradle Inc. announces Gradle Enterprise is now Develocity
Rebrand underscores the multi-build system support strength of the Develocity solution platform.

Develocity Expands Developer Productivity Solution Support to Google Bazel and sbt/Scala User Communities

The Apache Software Foundation standardizes on Develocity to improve developer productivity across its 320 active projects
Agreement includes Gradle Inc. being named an ASF Targeted Platinum Sponsor.

Gradle Inc. named 'InfoWorld Technology of the Year' and wins CODiE award for ‘Most Innovative Tech Company of 2023’
Hans Dockter was also named one of the 'Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2023' by the Software Report.