SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2018 -- Samsara, the leader in enterprise IoT systems, today announced $50 million in growth capital from investors Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst. The new funding comes as Samsara’s transportation business adds over 1,700 new customers each quarter, and positions the company to rapidly scale support and customer enablement while investing in new technology innovation for its users.
Investing in innovation and customer service to support explosive growth in transportation
Samsara offers its transportation customers a complete sensor data platform for their operations, combining real-time GPS tracking, wireless sensors, video, and mobile applications with intuitive software that improves the efficiency of customers’ operations. With the new funding, Samsara will scale customer support and enablement to serve thousands of new customers, and will expand its platform with new sensors, software, and AI-driven data analytics to bring new business value to its users. The company plans to grow from 300 employees to over 550 by year-end and will more than double its California-based engineering and customer support teams.
“Samsara is onboarding thousands of new customers each quarter as enterprises increasingly adopt IoT in their fleets,” said Sanjit Biswas, co-founder and CEO of Samsara. “We’ve received an enormous volume of product ideas and feedback from our users, and over the past six months we’ve launched three new product families and dozens of software features. The business impact that our customers report – from lower operating costs to increased safety and customer service – has been resounding. This new funding will allow us to accelerate our pace of innovation even further, and to scale our organization to support even more new customers.”
Platform approach driving rapid adoption across industries and market segments
Samsara’s customer-focused product development has translated to explosive growth in the market - with sales growing over 250% annually - creating a large and fast-growing base for the company’s new technologies. New customers are joining the company from across a range of industries, including:
Food and Beverage distributors monitoring food safety during transit with wireless temperature and cargo sensors
Trucking companies reducing distracted driving and increasing driver safety with gamification and in-cab cameras
Construction firms optimizing inventories of generators and heavy equipment
School districts helping parents locate lost children by tracking bus passengers in real time
Cities helping residents navigate winter storms by publishing live snowplow paths
“Samsara is continually focused on improving the product,” said Bill Carragher, CEO of Local Motion, Boston-based passenger transit company. “Their platform has already made an impact by improving the safety and efficiency of our operations. But we chose it because we knew it would grow to meet our needs."
Funding deepens strong financial position
The new funding builds on Samsara’s already-strong financial position, providing the company with more than $100 million of cash on hand to make long-term product investments and provide support to its rapidly growing customer base. The new investment brings Samsara’s total capital raised to $130 million, and values the company at $1.4 billion.
“Our customers value innovation, but also want a stable partner who will support them over the long term,” said Kiren Sekar, VP of Product Management at Samsara. “This new funding enables us to bring cutting-edge technologies to our users while ensuring that we have the financial security to grow with our customers for years to come.”
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About Andreessen Horowitz
Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies. It backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big and are committed to building the next major franchises in tech. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, the company provides entrepreneurs with access to deep expertise and insights in innovation, business development, market intelligence, executive and technical talent, and marketing and brandbuilding.
About General Catalyst
General Catalyst is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies and market leading businesses, including Airbnb, BigCommerce, ClassPass, Datalogix, Datto, Demandware, Gusto, The Honest Company, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker. The General Catalyst partnership leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, and Cambridge, MA.