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Team Bios

Daniela Perdomo, Co-founder & CEO

Daniela leads the business side of goTenna which encompasses all non-engineering aspects of the company. Daniela has worked in tech startups for over eight years, in a variety of roles ranging from product development to user acquisition, and from marketing to biz dev.

Jorge Perdomo, Co-founder & VP, Institutional Business

Jorge leads the expansion of goTenna's business into professional markets. Earlier on, Jorge headed up the product team. He previously worked as a data analyst and solutions architect.

Company History

goTenna builds next-generation, decentralized communication technology.

The founding inspiration for goTenna came in part due to the experience of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when over a quarter of all cell towers and power stations were downed, leaving millions of people across the 10-state area affected by the storm unable to communicate when they needed to most. Beyond an emergency situation, the use-cases were clear everywhere: outdoor activities, travel, crowded events, institutional mission-critical operations — you name it.

goTenna’s founders (and siblings) Daniela and J Perdomo realized the need to be able to communicate without relying on cell service, wifi or even satellites — and thought to do so by leveraging the smartphones everyone already owns. Soon after developing first working prototypes at NYC Resistor, a hardware hackspace in Brooklyn, goTenna became official and hired its first employee. After bootstrapping its way through its first year, the company raised a seed round of venture capital in late 2013. The eponymous goTenna started shipping to tens of thousands of customers in fall 2015.

goTenna’s first device was also the first and only way to enable communication on regular smartphones over practical long distances when when there’s no service of any kind. It addresses the need for off-grid communication with a small, rugged device that pairs wirelessly with smartphones and easily attaches to gear. goTenna works anywhere on the planet, no central connectivity required, because it creates its own independent signal. The award-winning device is powered by the company’s Aspen Prime protocol, which enables users to intelligently route messages to specific recipients, receive delivery confirmation receipts, and never have to worry about channels and interference.

Due to the success of the first product, and the demonstrated demand for goTenna’s technology in other markets, the company closed a Series A financing in early 2016. The round coincided with goTenna’s expansion into nationwide retail distribution and the development of new products that apply goTenna’s core technology to an even wider range of applications.

The company’s second consumer product, goTenna Mesh, announced in fall 2016, enables users to expand the reach of their networks by way of a first-of-its-kind mesh networking technology. goTenna’s Aspen Grove protocol turns goTenna Mesh into the first 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range, consumer-ready mesh network. goTenna Mesh effectively enables users to relay messages through each other, extending range and utility all the while creating a network that actually does get stronger the more people join it. goTenna Mesh is the company’s first product available internationally.

Also in fall 2016, the company launched goTenna Plus, a premium, subscription-based upgrade to the goTenna iOS and Android applications which, among other things, sees goTenna integrate its off-grid technology into centralized communications infrastructure for the first time with its network relay feature. Around the same time, goTenna turned into a platform, thanks to an open software development kit. goTenna’s SDK empowers developers to build atop its game-changing protocols and hardware, effectively turning goTenna into a platform for myriad applications beyond messaging.

goTenna is imminently expanding into institutional markets, given the demand by professional users of its consumer products. Groups who already count on goTenna’s technology for mission-critical operations include search and rescue teams, military personnel, federal government agencies, and disaster relief non-profits. The company has been awarded numerous government grants around resilient communication technology in the areas of public safety, national security, climate change, and disaster response.

goTenna aims to become a part of everyone’s technology essentials, reducing our reliance on cell towers, wifi routers, and even satellites, and providing anyone the ability to create a people-powered network on their own terms, anywhere in the world, and free from charges or fees. goTenna remains committed to developing bottom-up communications products that are low-cost, low-power, intelligently reconfigurable, and easy-to-use.

goTenna’s mission is not just to address unreliable, unavailable, or unaffordable service, but to create bottom-up, people-powered connectivity that can run parallel to top-down communications infrastructure. The company is set on redefining communication according to need as opposed to access, and committed to evolving its technology so that it becomes an essential part of the everyday communication stack, and critical to scaling resilient, accessible communication for disconnected people across the world.

Key hardware specs

goTenna Mesh

  • 1-watt radio
  • Micro-USB connector
  • Bluetooth LE data interface
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Status indicator lights
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) attachment strap
  • Water-resistant
  • Dust-tight
  • Price: $179 for a pair ($129 for a pair during pre-order phase)
  • Size: 106.5mm x 18mm x 33mm or 4.2" x .9" x 1.3"
  • Total weight: 1.66 oz, or 47.13 g

 

goTenna

  • Antenna
  • 2-watt radio
  • Flash memory good for 100s of messages
  • Rechargeable Lithium-polymer battery
  • Micro-USB connector
  • Bluetooth LE data interface
  • Status indicator lights
  • Nylon attachment strap
  • Water-resistant
  • Dust-tight
  • Price: $149 for a pair
  • Size: Roughly 5.8 in x 1 in x 0.5 in or 147.3 mm x 25.4 mm x 12.7 mm. When the device extends, its length increases by 2.2 in or 55.8 mm.
  • Weight: 1.8 oz, or 52 g

    Key app features

    goTenna Mesh

    • Send & receive text messages for free
    • Relay messages through other users to get to recipient(s) when out of point-to-point range
    • Share locations on detailed offline maps (also for free!)
    • Instantaneous transmission within range
    • 1-to-1 & group messaging
    • Delivery confirmation & message retry (1-to-1 chats only)
    • ”Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
    • End-to-end encryption (224-bit elliptic curve)
    • Compatible and interoperable with iOS & Android devices
    • Upgradeable via firmware & software updates

     

    goTenna

    • Send & receive text messages for free
    • Share locations on detailed offline maps (also for free!)
    • Instantaneous transmission within range
    • 1-to-1 & group messaging
    • Delivery confirmation & message retry (1-to-1 chats only)
    • ”Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
    • End-to-end encryption (224-bit elliptic curve)
    • Compatible and interoperable with iOS & Android devices
    • Upgradeable via firmware & software updates