Airtable is a cloud-based software platform that combines the features of a spreadsheet with a database. It allows users to create and share tables that can be used to organize, track, and collaborate on various types of data. Airtable’s flexible and customizable interface makes it popular among individuals and teams working in a variety of fields, from project management and marketing to event planning and creative production.
Airtable was founded in 2012 by Howie Liu, Andrew Ofstad, and Emmett Nicholas, who had previously worked together at a cloud-storage company called Inboxed. The idea for Airtable came about when Liu was working on a project that required him to organize data in a flexible and intuitive way. He found that existing tools, such as spreadsheets and databases, were either too rigid or too complicated for his needs. This led him to develop Airtable, which combines the simplicity of a spreadsheet with the power of a database.
Initially, Airtable was targeted at individual users and small teams. However, as the platform gained popularity, it began to attract larger organizations and enterprises. Today, Airtable is used by companies such as Netflix, IBM, and Tesla, as well as by nonprofits, schools, and individual users around the world.
Airtable has received several rounds of funding, including a $100 million investment in 2018 that valued the company at $1.1 billion. As of 2021, Airtable has over 250 employees and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.