Daniela Perdomo

She’s upending telecom infrastructure by allowing devices to connect without a cell network or Internet connection.

Company name:
goTenna
Location:
BrooklynNY 
Founded:
2012
Industry:
Science Pioneers
Co-founder:
Jorge Perdomo
Daniela Perdomo. Photo Credit: Courtesy subject

Daniela Perdomo was struck with the idea that would lead to goTenna in 2012, when she saw New York City residents struggle with poor mobile connectivity during Hurricane Sandy. She teamed up with her brother, Jorge, to create a small cellphone accessory--essentially an antenna--and a messaging app that together allow users to connect without a cell network or internet connection. While goTenna didn’t invent so-called mesh networking, it was the first to offer a viable commercial application of the technology. After several years of selling a consumer version, in 2018 goTenna launched a more advanced version for first responders, the military, and other professional users. The company, which has raised some $40 million in venture capital, doesn’t aim to replace existing communications networks but rather connect the so-called “last mile”--people who are left out because of their location, their economic status, or circumstances such as natural disasters. --Tom Foster

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Twitter:
@goTenna
Website:
gotenna.com