Online Kid Protection Startup Bark Raises $9M in Series A

barkBark, an Atlanta, GA-based provider of a product that helps keep children safer online and in real life, raised $9m in Series A funding.

The round was led by Signal Peak Ventures, with participation from Two Sigma Ventures and existing investors including Symmetrical Ventures, Fuel Capital, Hallett Capital, and Atlanta Seed Company.

The company intends to use the funds to broaden its product offering and establish a presence in new markets.

Founded in 2015 by CEO Brian Bason, Bark provides a service that proactively monitors text messages, emails, YouTube, and social media for potential safety concerns, enabling parents to work with their children to keep them safe.
Created in collaboration with child psychologists, youth advisors, digital media experts, and law enforcement professionals, Bark delivers a research-backed, kid-friendly solution for safeguarding families in the world of technology. The solution uses advanced machine learning to contextually identify and alert parents to potential threats such as cyberbullying, internet predators, depression, suicidal thoughts, and sexting in their children’s text messages, social media accounts, and email.
Bark is available to parents at for $9 per month ($99 annually) per family, which includes monitoring across 25 platforms including text messages, email, and social media.




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