Gryphon

Secure Your WiFi Network!

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Company Information

Website:

https://www.gryphonconnect.com/

Sector:

Internet Software & Services

Location:

San Diego, CA

Gryphon keeps you safe while you’re surfing the internet.

This cloud-managed system consists of a high-performance WiFi router and a mobile app. And its machine-learning technology even grows smarter as it learns about how you and your family use the internet.

Gryphon’s system was designed for the home or office. But it also offers protection on the go with its patent-pending mobile service, HomeBound.

Since launching in 2018, Gryphon has generated more than $5 million in sales. And it’s raised nearly $6 million from investors. The company has been issued five patents, and has earned numerous awards, including:

• Top 10 List of "Best Wifi Mesh Network Systems for 2019" by PC Magazine.

• Best of CES 2019.

• And “The best parental control hardware around” by Fatherly, a lifestyle brand for parents.

Gryphon’s top priority is to keep you safe online. And lately, that’s become a big challenge.

Today, there are more than 20 billion “connected” devices around the world. This is projected to reach 74 billion by 2025.

Notably, 70% of these devices are vulnerable to cyber criminal activity. Since Covid-19, there’s been a 330% increase in the number of hacking attempts.

Keeping kids safe on the internet is just as big of a challenge. Kids spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens. And 90% of kids ages 8 to 16 have seen inappropriate content online. 88% of parents are concerned about their kids’ online activities.

Combatting these threats has turned cyber security into a $270 billion market. And the demand for cyber security tools has only increased as work-from-home lifestyles have become more common.

Gryphon works to offer total home or office protection. Its platform is easy to set up and is scalable, enabling it to block unwanted content, malware, and intrusions for any connected device on its network.

Gryphon’s system sets up a wireless mesh network. This describes a network that consists of a main router that connects directly to a modem. The router then works with a series of satellite modules placed around the house to provide full coverage. Every module is part of the single wireless network.

Gryphon’s system offers features including:

• Whole-house or office connectivity and protection.

• Content filtering by age group. This enables parents to control what their kids can access online.

• Screen-time management.

• Vulnerability scanning.

• Malware and ransomware protection.

• Protection when mobile devices are active.

Setting up the Gryphon system is easy. Users simply use the app to scan the activation code on the bottom of the router, and follow the instructions provided. This simplicity makes Gryphon suitable for schools and small businesses that may not have an IT expert. These places can now receive enterprise-level protection for their network.

Gryphon earns revenue through sales of its router system and optional advanced protection service.

The Gryphon Tower, which offers up to 3,000 square feet of coverage, retails for $209 each, or $399 for a pair of routers. The Gryphon Guardian, ideal for smaller spaces, retails for $99, or $249 for a set of three.

Its cloud-managed protection service is offered at $79 per year, or $149 for a three-year plan.

Team Background

John Wu - Co-Founder & CEO

John has more than 23 years of experience with wireless and “Internet of Things” technologies. He holds 25 patents for his work, and was a key inventor of MiFi mobile hotspot technology — selected by Time Magazine as one of the top gadgets of the century.

Prior to starting Gryphon, he was Vice President of Global Software with Novatel Wireless, a telecommunications company. He spent 16 years with Novatel, where he grew a team of engineers from three to 120.

Before that, he spent four years at Motorola, a telecommunications company. He served as a manager and worked on software development for several of the company’s wireless technologies.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Arup Bhattacharya - Co-Founder & CTO

Arup has three decades of experience working with technology.

Most recently, he was a senior director of software with Novatel Wireless, where he helped develop the MiFi mobile hotspot technology. Before that, he was a senior director with NVIDIA, a computer hardware company.

Earlier, he spent six years with PortalPlayer, a semiconductor manufacturer. While there, he developed multiple generations of media chips that powered Apple’s iPod music players. He was also instrumental in taking the company public.

Arup began his career as a principal software engineer with American Megatrends, a PC hardware company. He was also a space scientist with ISRO Satellite Centre, an India-based company building hardware for satellites.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Master’s degree in Control and Automation.

Arindam Das - AI Expert

Arindam is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. In addition to his role with Gryphon, he is on the faculty at Eastern Washington University, where he teaches electrical engineering.

Previously, he was a research engineer at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. Before that, he worked in the university’s Department of Electrical Engineering, where he completed research funded by Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Arindam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from North Bengal University in India and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Raising
$10 million
Committed
$2.76 million (28%)
Current Valuation
$25 million
Min. Investment
$1,000
Deal Type
Title III
(For all investors)
Offering Type
Equity
Finance History
  • $40K
    2016-08-15
    Unknown
    (Angel)
  • $856K
    2018-01-01
    Unknown
    (Pre-Seed)
  • $2.67 million
    2019-09-30
    Unknown
    (Seed)
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