Industry Sector: Data Communications
Headquartered: San Francisco, CA
Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum
Open Garden: We’re dedicated to connecting the next 5 billion mobile devices with peer-to-peer connections. Many call us the pioneers of peer-to peer mesh networking. We created FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app to enable people to communicate even without any Internet or cellular connection.
Open Garden’s technology creates a software-based network, also known as a peer-to-peer wireless mesh network, among participating mobile devices using WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and other technologies. Open Garden’s innovations include: seamless device discovery and pairing, offline identity, a proprietary network protocol for addressing and routing messages off-the-grid, distributed algorithms for managing mesh networks, advanced traffic management (multi-hop, store and forward), and battery use reduction.
FireChat is the messaging app that works when and where others cannot. Winner of a 2015 SXSW Innovation award, FireChat uses peer-to-peer mesh networking technology to connect people and mobile devices even when no Internet connection or mobile data service is available.
FireChat has been among the top 10 social networking applications in 124 countries. From Burning Man to Taiwan, HongKong, Delhi, Moscow, Manila, Paris, Srinagar, Kuala Lumpur and Austin, pro-democracy protesters, disaster relief organizations, leaders and artists are choosing FireChat to stay connected to their fans, friends and communities.
Firechat has been featured on CNN, CNBC, the BBC, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and almost any major news outlet or TV network you can think of.