Somewear Labs, a San Francisco, CA-based enabler of critical communications for organizations, raised $13.7 million in a Series A funding round.
The investment group includes: David Dorman (Former CEO of AT&T), Sam Palmisano (Former CEO of IBM), Chuck Robbins (CEO of Cisco), Egon Durban (Co-CEO of Silver Lake Partners), Jerry Yang (Co-Founder and former CEO of Yahoo!), Taylor Glover (CEO of Turner Enterprises), Tom Noonan (Partner & Co-Founder of TechOperators), Lee Styslinger III (CEO of Altec Inc), Tom Ryan (Former CEO of CVS), Scott Sandell (Managing Partner at NEA), George Still (former Managing General Partner at Norwest Ventures and Vice-Chairman at Workday), Geoff Yang (Founding Managing Partner at Redpoint Ventures), Doug Dillard (Managing Partner Slewgrass Capital), David Brown, Harris Barton, Chris O’Donnell. The round also included Steve Burke’s Madison Valley Partners (Former CEO of NBCUniversal), Knoll Ventures Fund II GP, LLC and participation from existing investors including Bling Capital, the Webb Investment Network and Matt Kraning (Co-Founder of Expanse).
The company intends to use the funds to further expand its platform’s ability to enable group communications in remote, denied, and austere operating environments.
Led by CEO James Kubik, Somewear provides a software platform and satellite-powered hardware that enable commercial and government teams to maintain situational awareness during high-pressure operations. Recent examples include how Somewear supported operators fighting wildfires like the Oak Fire in California and National Guardsmen conducting search and rescue missions during the extreme flooding in Kentucky.