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Coding projects can sometimes grow as more people join, making it harder for developers or teams to see the bigger picture of how all the components fit. That statement holds for many development teams, but especially for distributed ones.

CodeSee, an early-stage startup seeing to help these teams understand the entire code base, released OSS Port, an open-source project that should help with that.

The company announced the release while also disclosing a $3 million seed round received last year and that has not been made public before.


The funds came from Boldstart Ventures and Uncork Capital, who co-led the round, with DCVC, Precursor Ventures and Salesforce Ventures, and other angel investors participating too.

CodeSee wants to help companies visualize and understand their code, a challenge that got harder as the sheer volume of work and number of developers increased.

CEO Shanea Level, who co-founded the company with John Leven (CTO and spouse), explained that CodeSee is a developer tool that helps developers and teams understand their code base. Leven says they created an open-source product for starters because there’s a real demand for the service in open-source projects that rely on scattered teams.

The need for CodeSee

Leven believes that if CodeSee works for these projects, it will be the proof of concept needed to make a commercial version. Leven has been in the industry for more than a decade working in various levels of product management at companies that include Cloudflare and Docker.

She knows what happens when engineering teams don’t understand the connections across the code base.

She mulled over ideas of how to give the teams and developers a clear look into their projects.