Kandou raises $92.3m in Series C funding

By 17/11/2020June 4th, 2021No Comments

Kandou, an innovative leader in high-speed, energy-efficient, chip link solutions, today closed its Series C round of funding, resulting in $92.3 million raised in the round.

Participants in the funding include both existing investors, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and two new investors, Climb Ventures, and Swiss Select Opportunities managed by Flexstone Partners. The total investment in the Company to date is $132.8 million.

Proceeds from Series C will be used to bring Kandou’s first silicon product known as Matterhorn, a USB-C® multiprotocol retimer solution with support for USB4™, to market to enable consumer and networking applications for electronic devices. Additionally, funds will be used for ongoing development of Chord™ signaling technology and Glasswing™ ultra-short reach (USR) SerDes intellectual property (IP).

“This round of funding will enable us to meet growing customer demand for Matterhorn as we continue to innovate and deliver high-speed connectivity solutions,” remarks Amin Shokrollahi, Founder and CEO of Kandou. “We thank Bessemer Venture Partners for its ongoing commitment to us and welcome investors Climb Ventures and Swiss Select Opportunities.”

“In my 41 years in venture capital, I haven’t seen a semiconductor technology as fundamental as Kandou’s proprietary inter- and intra-chip connected technology since the advances in microprocessors in the late 70s,” says Felda Hardymon, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “In the next decades, we will measure digital advances by their ability to move lots of data rather than by their ability to do mathematics fast. Kandou will provide many of the building blocks for that future. Bessemer Venture Partners is proud to be part of the Kandou team.”

“Kandou is one of the most promising startups in the Swiss ecosystem,” says Dominique Pitteloud, Managing Partner at Climb Ventures. “Under the leadership of Amin Shokrollahi, a true entrepreneur, Kandou’s vision is to disrupt computing interconnect, with multiple deep innovations, in large existing markets.”

“Kandou is a perfect example of the type of Swiss based growing technology companies that the recently launched Swiss Select Opportunities program is aiming at supporting,” says David Arcauz, Managing Partner at Flexstone Partners in Geneva.