Yesterday was the day techies everywhere were waiting for: #AppleEvent. BIGteam members were glued to their Macs watching the livestream. Here are some of our major takeaways from the Apple Event:
On Monday, Apple held their final product announcement at the Cupertino Town Hall before moving to their new campus in 2017. The hour-long event covered what Apple has in store for the future of the company, from products to policy.
Today, BIGfish client Ring announced it raised $61.2 million in Series C funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with add-on from existing investor Sir Richard Branson. With this round, Ring has raised $93.7 million to date. Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and CEO of Ring, said: “At Ring, it’s our mission to reduce crime by creating a ‘ring’ of security around our customers’ front doors, homes and neighborhoods. I am pleased KPCB has joined Ring’s group of leading investors alongside Sir Richard Branson as we continue to make neighborhoods around the world safer. With these new funds, we will expand that ‘ring’ of security by adding to our high-quality, diverse line of smart security products.”
Every year in early January a crop of shiny, new technologies is unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES. A handful of these new technologies will be very useful to entrepreneurs. The trick is finding them at a tradeshow with 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space overflowing with consumer goods ranging from TV's to toys to self-driving vehicles.
We survived CES! (Okay, we’re not really that surprised; we were very well prepared - more on that here.) Anyway, the BIGfish team had a great few days in Las Vegas with our clients Actionproof, Ring, TarDisk and TYLT. Between new product launches, press events, booth meetings and press conferences, we had a very busy 48ish hours at CES. But we definitely made the most of it! See below for more on what our clients announced, as well as a few highlights from our time on the show floor.