Two years ago, I started a small side project on Github named, Appwrite (https://github.com/appwrite/appwrite). I was initially focused on solving my own problems and turning my personal dev experience into something more enjoyable by building a unified platform to provide me all those generic APIs I had to re-engineer over and over again. This was also a great way for me, a self-taught software engineer, to give back to the open-source community that gave me my career in tech.
Immediately after releasing the project, I realized it solved so many devs problems besides my own, and a community started forming around it. Twenty-four months later, the Appwrite community has over 40,000 developers using our self-hosted & open-source Firebase alternative.
Today we have just announced raising $10m to build a company to help the project and our community to step up to the next level. We were lucky enough to partner with some of the best dev-tooling-oriented VCs out there to help us achieve our vision.