relayr Gets $2.3M To Foster An Internet Of Things App Ecosystem

IoT is an exciting space to watch. It’s exciting to think about the future (the good, the bad and the SkyNet) but it’s especially exciting to witness the present, the manifestation of those hopes and dreams about the IoT in clever kits and intriguingly-designed pieces like this. We just love it when smart meets art.

We’ll be keeping an eye on relayr and watching how their bigger vision unfolds and potentially intersects with ours!

TechCrunch

Berlin-based relayr, maker of the WunderBar, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware dev kit which resembles a chunky chocolate bar, has closed a $2.3 million seed round, from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors.

The startup had previously raised a €250,000 friend and family round, and had been on track to close a €500,000 seed earlier this year — but received a higher funding offer from a different set of investors, which is the $2.3M round it’s reporting today.

relayr said its new seed investment will be put towards expanding its presence in the U.S., with the startup having already established a foothold in North America, with plans for more growth and upping its visibility there (it’s recently been showcasing its kit at DroidCon NYC and the World Maker Faire). It’s not abandoning Berlin, though, and intends to relocate to a new, larger HQ in the German capital at the end of September to accommodate planned new hires to expand its 20-strong tech…

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