Bluestacks is a Silicon Valley-based software company that produces BlueStacks App Player for PC and BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Both products revolve around enabling Android applications to run on Windows PCs and tablets. The company was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and board member of cloud.com.
The company officially launched May 25, 2011 at the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco. Citrix CEO Mark Templeton demonstrated an early version of BlueStacks onstage and announced that the companies had formed a partnership. App Player and Cloud Connect officially launched into public alpha on October 11, 2011. App Player is a downloadable piece of Windows software that comes pre-loaded with several apps including Bloomberg News, Words With Friends and Drag Racing. More apps can be downloaded using the "Featured Apps" channel provided with the software. Cloud Connect is an Android App downloadable from the Android Market that allows additional apps to be pushed into BlueStacks App Player from any Android device.
On October 13, 2011, BlueStacks was the subject of a CNET TV video review by Senior Editor Seth Rosenblatt.
The company raised $7.6 million in Series A funding in May, 2011 from Andreessen-Horowitz, Radar Partners, Helion Ventures, Ignition Partners and RedPoint Ventures. On Oct. 20, 2011 it was announced that the company had raised another $6.4 million in Series B financing from the same group of investors, as well as the chip-maker AMD.