OnBeep raises Series A funding round of $6.25M to build next generation of wearable communication devices

By Staff Writer

Aug 20, 2014 03:57 PM EDT

San Francisco-based startup OnBeep has announced a new Series A round of $6.25 million in new funding to build what it calls "beautiful wearable communication devices that unite groups and allow teams to collaborate more fluidly in real time".

Rich Levandov of Avalon Ventures led the Series A funding round, with seed funding from Gil Penchina's AngelList syndicate, Matt Mullenweg, Jeremy LaTrasse, Jonathan Heiliger, Fuel Capital and others.

The said device however has remained under wraps to date but it promises to become the next-generation wearable that blends form and function.

In an interview with VentureBeat, OnBeep chief executive and founder Jesse Robbins sparsely described the device as something that is "worn on the body like a badge or a brooch. "It connects via Bluetooth to your phone, and it is focused on real-time group communication, Robbins added.

OnBeep aims to bring mobile groups together - from people organizing sports events and music festivals, to friends on a vacation, to parents keeping track of kids at the zoo - without them having to look at their phones.

"We make it easy for people to instantly connect, collaborate and do amazing things together," Robbins said in a company statement posted on its blog.

The OnBeep team is made up of 20 designers, engineers and other professionals with previous affiliation with Apple, Google, Motorola, iRobot and Amazon. The company's hardware partner is PCH International's Access, a technology accelerator who will help bring the device to production this year.

OnBeep has an open invitation to the public for an exclusive preview of its product this fall by signing up on the company website. 

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