Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Location: California, USA
Number of employees: 160
Year founded: 2008
548 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
GitHub is a platform that makes it easy for people to collaborate on designing and building software. Initially used primarily by coders, GitHub is evolving to enable everyone in a company who has a stake in the software the company uses – from marketing to finance, media to legal – to contribute more efficiently to the development of that software.
GitHub has around 4 million users and hosts twice as many projects. It is free for open source projects, which any coder can see and work on. Companies can pay to use GitHub’s platform for private projects, or opt for GitHub Enterprise to install its collaboration tools on their own servers.
The tools simplify workflows that can complicate the process of developing software when many people are working on a project simultaneously, especially across different offices and time zones. Individuals can make copies of projects, work on parts of them, and propose merging the changes back in. Team members can flag problems, discuss required changes, see who is working on what, debate whether proposed changes should be incorporated, and review how changes are working. Every change is recorded and therefore easily reversible.
While the GitHub platform can be used to collaborate on other projects –for example, books have been written on it – the company remains focused on optimizing its tools for software development, given the increasing centrality of software development to every industry.