November 27, 2022

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Supernova wants to make it easy to move design elements into codebases • Eureka News Now

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As companies increasingly turn to tools like Figma to design their software, moving design elements like color schemes from the design tool to your codebase can be a time-consuming and manual process.

Supernova is an early-stage startup that wants to make it easier by acting as a bridge between your design team and your development team, making it easy to change design parts in an automated way.

Today, the graduates of Y Combinator announced a $4.8 million seed round.

“The idea for Supernova came from the discrepancy between designers and developers. There is, I think, some kind of communication block between them. Also, the design and developer worlds are quite separate, so anything you can do to help designers and developers work better together actually goes a long way, and that’s especially true for larger organizations,” the company’s CEO and Co-founder Jiri Trecak to Eureka News Now.

The software acts as a sort of bridge that connects your various tools and design repositories with your coding tools to facilitate the connection between all these tools at scale. Additionally, if you have a particularly complex workflow, you can build custom apps or scripts on top of Supernova to extend the tools even further, Trecak explained.

He says a simple way to understand how this works is to imagine you have a brand like Spotify and you need to change the color of your logo from the familiar green to a new colour. An endeavor like this would take months manually, but with Supernova you just change your color scheme in your design tools and run the scripts and it will cascade through the entire code base and change colors automatically.

He said it could work with multiple design tools and that Supernova will still postpone the changes.

He founded the company in 2018 in the Czech Republic and was the first startup from that country to be included in Y Combinator in winter 2019. Today, Trecak runs the company from San Francisco, and the company launched the current iteration of the product last year. The engineering team remains in the Czech Republic.

They have built a user base of over 1,000 customers, several dozen of which are large enterprise users. The company currently has about 30 employees and plans to increase that number with the new funding.

As he grows the company, Trecak says he is very focused on building a diverse employee base and currently has employees representing eight or nine different nationalities. “This is something that is very close to our hearts. We’ve tried to be very careful about this and we’ll try to do it even more when we go into the US market,” he said.

Today’s funding was led by Wing Venture Capital with participation from EQT Ventures and Kaya VC along with several prominent industry figures.

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