Physical security startup HiveWatch lands $20M Series A, led by Dick Costolo and Adam Bain – TechCrunch


HiveWatch, an LA-based startup that makes use of multi-sensor fusion to assist corporations higher reply to bodily security threats, has secured $20 million in Series A funding led by Dick Costolo and Adam Bain.

The former Twitter execs — Costolo as CEO and COO, and Bain served as COO — say HiveWatch resonated with them due to the ache they skilled scaling their very own bodily security applications.

”When working an organization, nothing is extra essential than your workers. Prioritizing their security and security is crucial,” says Bain, who together with Costolo is now managing associate at enterprise and advisory agency 01A. “You spare no expense to do so but, the reality is that software and hardware products serving the enterprise physical security market are woefully inadequate. They’re antiquated, disconnected from each other, and make responding to incidents impossibly slow. When we saw what Ryan was building with HiveWatch, we instantly saw the value and the future of smart physical security.”

HiveWatch claims its clever strategy to security helps organizations to modernize their bodily security. Using sensor fusion (the gathering of information from a number of sensors) and machine learning, the startup’s platform pulls knowledge from an organization’s disparate monitoring programs and security sensors to supply operators the knowledge to guage and reply to alerts. This, the startup claims, might help organizations to maneuver company security operations from reactive-only responses to designing proactive applications that establish threats earlier than they occur.

“Existing companies who try to solve physical security problems typically fall into two camps: they are either tech-driven or security-driven,” HiveWatch CEO and founder Ryan Schonfeld informed W3Techy. “The technically impressed corporations have management that’s solely targeted on the development of know-how in any respect prices, and then there’s the security practitioner impressed, that are too removed from the modern know-how or the required expertise to execute on the answer.

“HiveWatch’s approach has been to bridge the gap. We’ve brought together incredible technical and security practitioners, not just to build new tech capabilities for security programs, but to collect meaningful data from their sensors and their operational processes so security leaders can constantly improve on their existing installed systems. Failures in program design shouldn’t be identified after something bad happens. That’s too late.”

The startup’s Series A funding, which lands lower than a 12 months after the startup’s $5 million seed increase, additionally noticed participation from Lachy Groom, Elad Gil and Penny Jar Capital, together with early HiveWatch buyers Crosscut Ventures, Freestyle Capital and SaaS Ventures.

Schonfeld, who beforehand served as a guide for the U.S. Department of State, says HiveWatch will use the newly raised funds to construct a greater and extra cohesive buyer expertise and a best-in-class engineering crew targeted on variety and inclusion.