Quirky

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Quirky Inc.
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Type Private
Headquarters New York City
Key people Ben Kaufman (Founder & CEO)
Aaron Dignan (President)
Industry Product Development
Subsidiaries Wink
Slogan(s) We Make Invention Accessible
Website www.quirky.com
Registration Optional
Users 1,130,000
Available in English
Launched June 2009; 6 years ago (2009-06)
Current status Active

Quirky is an invention platform that connects inventors with companies that specialize in that product category.[1]

History[edit]

Quirky was founded in 2009 by Ben Kaufman.[2]

In April 2010, Quirky received $6 million in Series A venture capital funding, led by RRE Ventures.[3] 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.[4] Then, in November 2013, Quirky has 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.[5] Part of the deal extends a partnership that Quirky and GE struck earlier this year, with GE now putting $30 million into the funding round and committing to build 30 connected-home gadgets together in the next five years.[6]

In 2011, a reality television series named Quirky debuted on the Sundance Channel following events at the Quirky office.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Quirky. 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "AdWeek". Quirky. 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Quirky's 23-year-old CEO finds love with the supply chain, Paul Boutin, VentureBeat, April 27, 2010
  4. ^ Fenn, Donna (September 7, 2012). "Quirky Gets Backing From Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins". New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gannes, Liz (November 13, 2013). "Quirky Raises $79M, Including $30M From GE to Make Connected-Home Gadgets". All Things Digital. 
  6. ^ Stinson, Liz (November 19, 2013). "Quirky and GE Partner to Conquer the Internet of Things". Wired. 
  7. ^ Associated Press, "Startup Quirky brings people's ideas to life", Japan Times, 28 August 2011, p. 5.

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