Airtable acquires the teams behind Airplane and Balsa
Enterprise companies in virtually every industry power their most valuable business processes using Airtable. In the year ahead, we’re focused on serving even more mission-critical initiatives with new enterprise-grade solutions, powered by AI.
Today we’re announcing that Airtable has acquired Airplane and Balsa – two teams with incredibly valuable experience as we accelerate our product development in the year ahead. These companies bring tremendous customer insights, strong engineering talent, and a solid record of execution that will prove immediately valuable in better serving our customers.
Airplane is a developer platform for building custom, enterprise-grade, internal workflows. The team shares Airtable’s mission of equipping more people with the tools to create their own software. Over the last three years, the team built an impressive platform that supports the ability to rapidly build user interfaces and workflow automation for enterprise developers. As part of this acquisition, Airplane founder Josh Ma and many members of the team will join Airtable’s product development organization and focus on our solutions and AI work. Josh was previously CTO of Benchling, a biotechnology platform and Airtable customer with a similar focus on powering end-to-end, mission-critical processes for its customers.
Balsa is a tool for managing and tracking software projects, built specifically for product organizations. The team’s domain expertise, customer centricity, craftsmanship, and execution speed will be invaluable as we broaden our offerings for enterprise product functions. Balsa’s CEO and founder Paul Rosania and its engineers will join Airtable’s solutions product team. Prior to Balsa, Paul led the core product team at Slack and helped drive the inception and execution of Slack Connect. While at Twitter, he oversaw the transition to a ranked feed as a group PM.
The Airplane and Balsa teams will join Airtable this month and wind down their operations and products over the next several weeks. We’re excited to share more about what Airtable is building in the year ahead.