|Headquarters||New York City|
|Key people||Ed Kremer, CEO|
|Slogan(s)||Making Invention Accessible (2009-2015)
Reinventing Invention (2015-present)
Quirky is an invention platform that connects inventors with companies that specialized in a specific product category.
Quirky was founded in 2009 by Ben Kaufman.
In April 2010, Quirky received $6.5 million in Series A venture capital funding, led by RRE Ventures. The company later received a $16 million Series B round in August 2011 led by Norwest Venture Partners, and a $68 million Series C round in September 2012 led by Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Then, in November 2013, Quirky raised $79 million in Series D funding from GE as well as its venture investors Andreessen Horowitz, Norwest Venture Partners, RRE, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Part of the deal included a $30 million investment from GE, as well as a partnership to build 30 connected-home gadgets together in the next five years.
On September 22, 2015, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's assets, including its website and most of its products, were bought by Q Holdings for $4.7 million in late 2015, despite objections from General Electric. The Wink platform was sold to Flextronics for $15 million in November 2015.
- Doreen Lorenzo, the company's former president
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