Kymeta Corporation Announces $20M Financing
Announces CEO transition as company sets stage for its next phase of growth
REDMOND, Wash. – December 14th, 2014 – Kymeta Corporation, a privately held company commercializing a new, innovative metamaterials-based antenna for satellite communications, announced today that it is closing a $20 million financing to continue on its successful growth trajectory. Existing Kymeta investors including Bill Gates and Lux Capital are participating in the financing.
Kymeta also announced that Nathan Kundtz, President, CTO and co-founder has been appointed CEO on an interim basis as the board of directors begins a search for a new permanent CEO as the company sets the stage for its next phase of growth.
“This is a very exciting time for our company. World-class customer partnerships have guided our technology’s development since our founding. Those partnerships, along with the financial support of our investors have positioned us well to execute on the promise of our technology”, said Kundtz.
Vern Fotheringham, Kymeta’s current CEO, will step down at the end of the year.
“We are extremely grateful to Vern for his contributions to Kymeta and for building a foundation for growth and success,” said Bill Gates, investor and board member. “The board and I are incredibly optimistic and confident with Kymeta’s team, breakthrough technology and its market opportunities ahead.”
“We are impressed with Kymeta’s achievements and excited to further invest to fuel key technology, product and customer milestones in the years ahead.” said Lux Capital’s Josh Wolfe, director and investor.
“It has been a privilege to lead Kymeta from its earliest stages through its successful market introduction,” said Vern Fotheringham former CEO of Kymeta. “The company is well positioned to dramatically transform the satellite communications industry and I am incredibly proud of everything the team has accomplished.”
Kymeta is a pioneer in the use of patented metamaterials technology that dynamically steers antenna beams with no moving parts, resulting in flat, thin, light, and highly adaptable antennas and communication terminals. This unique capability opens numerous new opportunities in the satellite industry to provide new broadband mobile services and highly-flexible portable and fixed services to a wide range of applications. Both CNBC and MIT Technology Review recently recognized Kymeta as one of the “Top 50 Most Disruptive Technology Companies in the World.”