Wickr, a San Francisco, California-based free app enabling users to send secret messages, raised $9m in Series A funding.
The round was led by Gilman Louie of Alsop Louie (joining the Wickr board of directors) with strategic participation from Juniper Networks and Knight Foundation and Steven Betsalel, Eileen Burbidge, Richard Clarke, Gerhard Eschelbeck, Thor Halvorssen, John Hering, Paul Kocher, Jeff Moss, Mark Patterson, Terren Peizer, Shawn Rubin, Adrian Steckel, Joel Wallenstrom and Amit Yoran.
The company intends to use the funds for product development.
Launched in June 2012 by a team of security and privacy experts, Wickr provides a free app that enables users to send text, audio, picture and video messages that self-destruct because they are private, secure and anonymous.
The platform now serves over a million messages a day to people in 190 countries.