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By Dave Muoio November 7, 2018
Less than half a year after its prior investment announcement, RapidSOS, a startup looking to update emergency response systems with its data collection platform, has raised another $30 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Playground Global, with additional participation from Highland Capital Partners, M12, Two Sigma Ventures, Forte Ventures, The Westly Group and CSAA IG. RapidSOS...
By Dave Muoio August 14, 2018
Carbyne, an Israeli firm looking to digitally update emergency response systems, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Elsted Capital Partners, with participation from strategic investor Founders Fund. According to the announcement, Carbyne — which was founded in 2014 and is backed by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak —will be using these new funds to build its...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2018
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.  “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every...
By Dave Muoio April 19, 2018
RapidSOS, a five-year-old startup focused on updating emergency response systems with data-driven technology, has raised $16 million in funding from Highland Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and CSAA Insurance Group, according to a statement. Forté Ventures also contributed. This brings the company’s total funding to more than $30 million, following a $14 million round concluded just last year that...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2017
RapidSOS, a 4-year-old startup with roots at Harvard and MIT, has raised $14 million to, at long last, bring 9-1-1 and other first responder networks into the smartphone age. The roster of backers for the round includes three former FCC Chairmen and the investment arms of Motorola and Triple A, in addition to a number of other investors. Highland Capital Partners led the round with participation...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2013
Speedy response is what emergency services are all about. But when it comes to responding to changes in technology, emergency response providers can be a little slow. The Federal Communications Commission announced last year that, with the penetration of smartphones and cellphones, the time had finally come for a next generation 911 service where people could use text messages, and even...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2012
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 85 percent of American adults own a mobile phone, and 80 percent of those mobile phone owners use their phone to send and receive text messages. Yet the only way to emergency services in the event of a fire, health emergency, or criminal activity is still by dialing 9-1-1 and making a phone call. In August of last year, FCC chairman...