No-code leader Zapier acquires Makerpad, a no-code community

A leading no-code company (Zapier) acquired a leading no-code community (Makerpad).


March 10, 2021

When HubSpot acquired The Hustle last month, we installed an alarm system in our office that goes off whenever a software company acquires a content or community service.

On Monday, the alarm went haywire when a leading no-code company (Zapier) acquired a leading no-code community (Makerpad), per TechCrunch.

Wait, what’s ‘no-code’?

Not to be confused with “bro code,” no-code is a movement in the software community to create tools that allow non-programmers to do programmer stuff.

Instead of “writing code,” regular folk can do software development via graphical user interfaces like drag-and-drop.

With a few clicks, Zapier lets you connect and automate functionality between different web apps (e.g., create a Slack channel that buzzes every time @elonmusk tweets).

Other no-code tools include:

  • Webflow, for responsive websites
  • Shopify, for ecommerce
  • Bubble, for web apps
  • Thunkable, for mobile apps
  • Substacks, for making newsletters…which are like this text-based medium that gets delivered by email

Makerpad’s Ben Tossell has been teaching people…

… how to create apps and services with zero coding knowledge for years (check out his no-code Airbnb clone).

Zapier’s CEO Wade Foster says Makerpad will stay largely independent and “remain focused on teaching and inspiring people about what’s possible” with no-code.

For Zapier — which has hit a $140m run rate and a $5B valuation per Forbes) — the acquisition makes a world of sense.

The more people take up no-code, the better for its business… no question.

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