Instart was an American multinational computer technology corporation, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The company specialized primarily in developing and marketing a Digital Experience Cloud that improves web and mobile application performance, consumer experience and security. The company marketed and sold to large enterprises that seek to achieve higher digital revenue, increased on-line conversion, faster website performance, improved consumer experience and better online security.The company also offered cloud services designed to increase digital advertising revenue for media and publishing companies. These services included Advertising Acceleration, which improves digital advertising viewability and vCPM by speeding the delivery of digital ads, and advertising recovery capabilities that encrypt application content together with digital advertisements, so that ad blocking software cannot filter or block the ads, thus restoring advertising impressions and revenue.The company claimed that digital enterprises using its services will achieve 5% to 15% higher on-line revenue via higher conversion, higher average order value, restored digital advertising and marketing functionality, and increased SEO traffic.The company was headquartered in Palo Alto, California with offices in New York, London, Bangalore and Sydney.As of September 2017, the company claimed that it processed 60 billion transactions per day, optimized 5 billion images per day, served 200 million consumers per day and recovered 5 billion digital advertisements per month.On February 27, 2020, Akamai announced that it had acquired Instart's customers and select intellectual property.
== Products ==
Instart Digital Experience Cloud - A suite of cloud services for improving the performance, consumer experience and security of cloud, web and mobile applications. Worked with Instart's CDN, or other CDNs such as Akamai.
Cloud and Web Application Performance Optimization - A cloud service that uses machine learning to automatically and continuously improve the performance of HTML-based applications, resulting in higher conversion and revenue.
Mobile Application Performance Optimization - A cloud service that improved network and application performance for mobile applications, in congested or noisy cellular or wifi network environments.
Image Optimization - A cloud service that used computer vision and machine learning to automatically optimize image compression, with a goal of delivering the highest visual quality at the smallest possible size.
Tag Analytics and Control - A cloud service that provided dashboards and alerting about whether 3rd, 4th and 5th party tags are operating normally, and provides automated control capabilities that can defer or promote tags to ensure reliable website performance or disable misbehaving tags.
Advertising Acceleration and Viewability Optimization - A cloud service that sped the delivery of display advertising, increasing the time ads are viewable by consumers, and as such improving viewability, vCPM and revenue.
Digital Advertising and Marketing Recovery - A cloud service that combined and encrypted content and advertising, rendering ad blocking software ineffective, thus recovering impressions and revenue.
Web Application Firewall - A cloud-based web application firewall, implementing OWASP and additional application protections.
DDOS Attack Protection - The ability to block and absorb large DDOS attacks, protecting websites from downtime.
Bot Management and Security - A cloud based services that operated both on the consumer device and in the cloud to automatically identify bots and implement policies such as allow, throttle, block or log. Particularly useful for controlling web scraping and stopping credit card and gift card fraud, credential stuffing and reservation fraud.
Instart Content Delivery Network (CDN) - A global content delivery network that was differentiated by being peering, last mile and mobile focused. Instart claimed it was the fastest CDN. Competes with Akamai, and Fastly CDNs.
== Architecture ==
Instart's Digital Experience Cloud most commonly was deployed as a suite of cloud services in front of company's application servers or digital commerce servers. Instart's Digital Experience Cloud was independent of its Content Delivery Network (CDN). and as such works in conjunction with Instart's own CDN, or other CDNs such as Akamai and Fastly.
== History ==
The company was founded out of frustration with the slow speed of downloading and updating video games.In the fall of 2014, the company started a $100 million contract buyout program for Akamai customers.Instart was ranked by Business Insider as No. 1 among the 17 best startups to work for in AmericaIn June 2018, the company shortened its name to Instart from Instart Logic. Instart was a shortening of "Instant Start", which reflected the company's founding mission of making digital applications faster.
Notable clients included Neiman Marcus, Cafe Media, Edmunds, Bonnier, Ziff Davis, CBS, Tronc, TUI Group, Telstra and Kate Spade.
=== Acquisitions ===
In February 2016, Instart acquired Kwicr, a leader in mobile application acceleration for Apple and Android platforms, for an undisclosed amount to strengthen its mobile application delivery and analytics capabilities.
=== Financing ===
Instart had received US$140 million in 6 rounds of funding from 10 investors:
Series A: In February 2012 Instart Logic received US$9 million as first round of funding
Series B: In April 2013 Instart Logic received US$17 million
Series C: In May 2014 Instart Logic received US$26 million
Series C2: In May 2015, Instart Logic closed a US$13 million expansion funding led by new investors Four Rivers Group and Hermes Growth Partners, in addition to existing investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Tenaya Capital
Series D: In January 2016 Instart Logic received US$45 million funding from Geodesic Capital, Telstra Ventures, Stanford-StartX Fund, Harris Barton Asset Management and participation from existing investors
Series E: In November 2017 Instart Logic closed US$30 million of equity funding led by ST Telemedia with all other prior investors participating.Other investors included Greylock Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Venture Capital.
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