Propeller, which helps users create their own apps, has raised $1.25 million in a “party round” featuring Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, Keith Rabois, Jason Portnoy, Lee Linden, Rothenberg Ventures, Alfred Mandel and others, according to TechCrunch.
The app has not launched, but aims to help people with no coding experience build native, mobile apps as easily as playing a game of Tetris. Users will be able to share their apps with others through Propeller, and founder Brian Rowen says that the democratization of coding will mean big things for any would-be entrepreneur searching for a technical founder.
On that note, I wonder just how high-tech Propeller will let users go. The planned ‘drag-and-drop’ interface doesn’t sound conducive to creating the next billion-dollar app, but in the best possible world, Propeller will be like a coding version of GarageBand: a tool with almost infinite possible heuristics for creating, remixing and blowing up media. Let’s not forget Usher’s fantastic ‘Love In This Club’ was made in GarageBand.