The Best-Funded Mobile Startups of 2013
The Top 5 Funded Private Companies in 2013
AirWatch LLC Funding in 2013 so far:: US$225 million Key investor/s: Insight Venture Partners Chief executive officer: John Marshall Number of employees: 400 Based in: Atlanta, Ga. Company founded: 2003
AirWatch is an enterprise mobile device and application management company. It boasts over 7,000 customers globally and has been approved as a supplier of mobile software for the US government. Riding the wave of demand for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) support amongst the enterprise community, the company pulled in a $200 million series A investment round in February, which it claims is the largest of any technology company in recent history. Much of the company's upper management came from Manhattan Associates, leading the supply chain software company through a successful IPO in 1998.
Supercell Funding in 2013 so far:: US$130 million Key investor/s in 2013: Index Ventures Chief executive officer: Ilkka Paananen Number of employees: 95 Based in: Helsinki, Finland Company founded: June 2010
Supercell describes itself as a "tablet-first" games company, which started developing for the new devices in 2011 and now boasts a couple of super-popular iPad and iPhone games like Clash of Clans. It is reportedly the fastest growing games company in the world, making $2.4 million a day off a user base of more than 8 million players. Founded by a group of gaming veterans, Supercell claims a total valuation of $770 million. They also like to eat well.
Truphone Ltd. Funding in 2013 so far:: US$118 million Key investor/s in 2013: Roman Abramovich Chief executive officer: Steve Robertson Number of employees: 500 Based in: London, UK Company founded: 2006
Truphone made headlines in the UK in February when Russian billionaire –- and Chelsea soccer club owner -- Roman Abramovich pumped £70 million (US$118 million) into the company. Truphone, however, has a much longer history. It launched the first VoIP smartphone app in 2006 –- invented by co-founder and CTO James Tagg –- and has developed a global network to offer a SIM-based roaming program that offers low or local calling rates for users traveling internationally in over 200 countries via a reprogrammable SIM card.
Mobilitie LLC Funding in 2013 so far:: US$100 million Key investor/s in 2013: Shamrock Capital Growth Fund III Chief executive officer: Gary Jabara Number of employees: N/A Based in: Newport Beach, Calif. Company founded: 2005
Mobilitie's key play in wireless is building distributed antenna systems (DAS) that operate with all the major US carriers to improve coverage and capacity in crowded public areas. In 2012 and 2013, the company has been building DAS networks in stadiums such as Tropicana Field (MLB), Time Warner Arena (NBA), Arrowhead Stadium (NFL), and Nationwide Arena (NHL). Mobilitie has built out similar "host-neutral" coverage in major hotels such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Apple Inc. alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rodgers –- employees with a key role in creating the earlier generations of iPod and iPhone -– started Nest Labs in 2010. The company has developed a $249 WiFi-enabled "smart thermostat" controlled via an iOS or Android app that it sells in the US. The thermostat is described as a "learning" device because it figures out what temperatures the user likes and turns down the temperature when they are out of the house.