Valo (YC W19)

Hydrofoils unleashing a new era of water transportation

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Other, Consumer Goods & Products, Transportation & Storage, Sustainability, VC-Backed, Technology
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Alameda, , CA
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Key Deal Facts

$3.5M+ hydrofoil watercraft pre-sales $124M in Letters of Intent with Fortune 100 firms, ferry groups, & original equipment manufacturers Led by 2X YC-backed founder & world-class team from McKinsey, Oracle, & Boeing Team has built 1st hydrofoiling container ship, e-foiling boats, self-landing rockets, & drones Massive $114B recreational & commercial boating market Backed by leading venture funds Y-Combinator (YC), Soma Capital, Fifty Years VC, & Climate Capital

Management Team / Advisory Board Bios

Ed Kearney CEOSerial entrepreneur. 4x founder, 2x YC-backed & 2 exits. Co-founder of world’s largest photography company, Snappr, grew from 0-2K photographers in 6 countries. Creator of 1st hydrofoiling container ship. MEng Oceanography University of New South Wales., Reo BairdCTOHydrofoiling tech + engineering expert. Co-founder and former CTO of e-foil boat company Navier. Ex-McKinsey consultant focussed on marine. BS Aerospace + ME Electrical & Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)., Paul Beiker Naval Architecture ConsultantPioneer in marine design. 30+ years in high tech marine design + engineering. Principal design engineer on Oracle Team USA foiling boats., Mateo Pena DollMechanical Engineering + Powertrain ConsultantPowertrain industry veteran. Owner at marine powertrain leader Doll Motors. Co-founder of New Valence Robotics (Acquired by Cincinnati). Mechanical Engineering MIT., Benjamin Tripplet, PhDLead GNC Engineering ConsultantNavigation + control engineer. 25+ years experience in control systems. Ex-Boeing, Insitu, & Masten Guidance. Built guidance systems for surveillance drones + self-landing rockets. PhD University Washington.

Amount Raised : $1,955,360
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