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Helium Nabs $16 Million in Funding, Names Former Qualcomm Exec Chandhok as President

It didn't take long for Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to land at an Internet of Things startup.


Well, that didn’t take long.

After leaving Qualcomm last week, Rob Chandhok has now joined Helium, a San Francisco-based Internet of Things startup. Chandhok had been the driving force behind Qualcomm’s IoT efforts, including its push to make its AllJoyn technology a widely adopted standard for connected products.

Chandhok said that Helium will work with those making Internet-connected devices both for the consumer and business markets. The company is now building a test network in San Francisco and will have products on the market next year. Helium will work with multiple networks and standards, with its selling points being both simplicity and a technical approach that can scale well.

“Whether you are a maker or a big company, when you want to connect something you want it to just work,” Chandhok said in an interview.

In addition to announcing Chandhok’s hiring, Helium said it has closed $16 million in Series A funding, led by Khosla Ventures.

The company, which has about 20 employees, has posted some of the technical details of its approach on its website.

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