We're dedicated to connecting the next 5 billion mobile devices with peer-to-peer connections. Many call us the pioneers of peer-to peer mesh networking. We created FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app to enable people to communicate even without any Internet or cellular connection.
Open Garden's technology creates a software-based network, also known as a peer-to-peer wireless mesh network, among participating mobile devices using WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and other technologies. Open Garden's innovations include: seamless device discovery and pairing, offline identity, a proprietary network protocol for addressing and routing messages off-the-grid, distributed algorithms for managing mesh networks, advanced traffic management (multi-hop, store and forward), and battery use reduction.
FireChat is the messaging app that works when and where others cannot. Winner of a 2015 SXSW Innovation award, FireChat uses peer-to-peer mesh networking technology to connect people and mobile devices even when no Internet connection or mobile data service is available.
FireChat has been among the top 10 social networking applications in 124 countries. From Burning Man to Taiwan, HongKong, Delhi, Moscow, Manila, Paris, Srinagar, Kuala Lumpur and Austin, pro-democracy protesters, disaster relief organizations, leaders and artists are choosing FireChat to stay connected to their fans, friends and communities.
Firechat has been featured on CNN, CNBC, the BBC, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and almost any major news outlet or TV network you can think of.
Paul Hainsworth CEO
Paul is the CEO of Open Garden. Prior to Open Garden, Paul was a Director of Product Management at Blackberry, where he helped build a new operating system and a platform for messaging, communications and collaboration. He also ran a $1B business as Sprint's Head of Mobile Data Services, developed instant messaging services for Virgin Mobile, and created the first mobile photo sharing app at Helio.
Ben Teitelbaum CTO
After leading national-scale advanced internet research programs at Advanced Network & Services and Internet2, Ben co-founded a peer-to-peer (P2P) storage company that was acquired by BitTorrent. He then lead product management at BitTorrent and Dynno, and founded two other startups. Ben is co-author of several IETF RFCs.
Christophe Daligault CMO
Prior to Open Garden, Christophe held management positions in various technology startups, advertising agencies and media companies. Christophe was a General Manager and Partner at Microsoft Corp. He has launched more than 40 new products around the world and helped build the Microsoft Windows and McDonald's brands.
SXSW 2015 Innovation Award
Financial Times 2015 Boldness in Business Award
Tech4Resilience 2015 Award
Global Startup Competition GMIC 2013 Grand Prize
Most disruptive at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012
Android Open 2011