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Neverware is an American technology company that provides a service intended to make aging PCs faster and more secure. In February 2015 the company launched its second product, CloudReady; an operating system built on Google's open-source operating system Chromium. CloudReady is supported by PCs and Macintosh hardware that can be up to 10 years old, aiming to make them behave more like a Chromebook. The company currently specializes in the education sector.
Jonathan Hefter began developing Neverware’s core technology in 2009 after graduating from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. In May 2010 Dogpatch Labs invited Hefter to work out of their Manhattan incubator, and in early 2011 Neverware officially formed, moved to General Assembly’s Manhattan location, and began operations. Hefter remains at Neverware as Chairman.
After a successful pilot program, Neverware launched in January 2013, rolling its service out around New York City. CloudReady was released at the 2015 TCEA conference in Texas, indicating a broader national reach on the part of the company. Neverware identified Google a strategic partner/investor, as of Google's investment in Neverware in the Fall of 2017.
Neverware’s first product, now branded PCReady, revolves around their proprietary server computer, called a Juicebox, which generates thin clients – a special kind of virtual machine. The Juicebox, which is installed locally, handles all processing and computing tasks and relegates only simple display and input tasks to the user’s machine. This is at the heart of Neverware’s business model, as it allows for outdated and even some broken technology to provide full functionality.
Neverware's second product, CloudReady, follows Google into the cloud. The CloudReady operating system was built on Google's open-source Chromium and allows schools, government organizations, non-profits and enterprises to revive their existing hardware while taking advantage of the Google Admin Console. For schools, this also means giving students and teachers greater access to the ubiquitous Google Apps for Education. CloudReady attempts to differentiate itself by enabling machines running the OS to be managed alongside Chromebooks in the Google Admin Console, support being provided for a large number of computer models, and mass deployment to many devices being possible through a variety of tools. This aims to allow school district and enterprise IT administrators control and security features in addition to providing an alternative to surplussing existing machines. The company offers 3 price tiers for education customers.
Neverware is backed by a variety of technology and venture capital firms. Investors include Google, Khosla Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Thrive Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Collaborative Fund, OurCrowd, Mark Suster and Nihal Mehta. Rethink Education became a major investor in Neverware in October 2014.
Neverware has received media attention for its investment from Google, young founder, noteworthy cause, and projected viability. It has also attracted interest for its potential for reducing Ewaste by extending the lifespan of aging hardware. Neverware has appeared in Forbes.com, The New York Times, TechCrunch, The Verge, Engadget, and The MIT Technology Review.
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