Rough Draft Ventures is excited to support Cloudstitch, a platform that facilitates web development and makers. Cloudstitch allows the creation of simple but beautiful web and mobile applications with just HTML/CSS and Google Spreadsheets. The HTML provides the interface, and the spreadsheet provides all the data and computations — no further programming is necessary.
Ted Benson, the founder of Cloudstitch and recent MIT PhD graduate, started this project as part of his PhD thesis. He found that designers could create beautiful application mockups but only knew basic HTML/CSS, which made it difficult to actually program the application and use it. Moreover, small businesses and individuals who didn’t have programming knowledge had to hire designers and programmers to create not only the initial application but also update it whenever something small changed. This seemed unreasonable, slow, and expensive. He set out to change this with his advisor, David Karger, known for his randomized graph optimization algorithms (Karger’s algorithm) but now better known for human-computer interaction research.
Cloudstitch is allowing designers to create beautiful applications in a very simple way. Roughdraft Ventures is excited to have Cloudstitch join our portfolio. Welcome to the Roughdraft family!