Transmit Security raises record $543 million Series A at $2.2 billion valuation
The company co-founded by Mickey Boodaei, which developed a device-based biometrics solution for customer authentication, was bootstrapped prior to completing the largest Series A funding round in cybersecurity history
Transmit will use the funding to increase the company's reach and expand its primary business functions. The company, which currently employs 200 people, 110 of them in Israel, is also planning on expanding its recruiting and is aiming to double its number of employees by the end of the year.Boodaei explained that another reason for the funding round was the fact that while the company has reached a significant size, it still isn't as big as they'd like it to be. "We reached a size at which help from big funds can be significant for both parties. If we want a big and significant company we need to bring on board those that can make us 10 times bigger than we are today," said Boodaei. "It is very easy to raise funds and we knew we wouldn't have to work hard to do so," added Boodaei. "It was easy for us because we chose VCs we have been in contact with for a long time and they know us and know our business."
Unlike many founders who see their stake dwindle over the years, Boodaei and Loonkar were Transmit's main shareholders prior to the round and will remain so. "We won't be significantly diluted, but there is a goal we are trying to achieve and we believe that we can reach far faster growth in today's market and that our potential is far more significant. We were also helped by the fact that we hadn't raised money until now. These stages of funding usually arrive at Series E and then the blow you suffer is far more significant."Boodaei said Transmit is ready to take another leap forward. "We want people to understand that we are a leading player in our world. We are in a market worth tens of billions and we want to be very aggressive in order to reach higher growth figures than we currently have. "Going public was always a goal and this is only accentuated by the entrance of the funds. Every fund expects that to happen. This isn't something we have set a timeline for, but it will come." Organizations lose millions of dollars annually and place themselves and their customers at high risk due to password-based authentication that is inherently unsafe, delivers poor user experience, leaves customers unsatisfied and places brands at risk of jeopardizing their reputations. Research shows 55% of consumers stop using a website because the login process is too complex, while 87.5% find themselves locked out of an online account after too many failed login attempts. Even worse, 92% of consumers will completely abandon a website without completing a purchase instead of going through the steps to recover or reset login credentials. Over the past 12 months, Transmit has introduced BindID, the industry’s first customer authentication service that is completely password-free. BindID requires no customer software or dedicated hardware and can be used across any channel or device. Customers can authenticate and access their accounts using the embedded fingerprint or face scanner in their devices, or use their mobile device to securely and easily authenticate to other devices and channels that don’t have an embedded biometric reader. “Every time I see a login button on a website, I get anxious. Whenever an app texts me a code that I have to enter, I become frustrated with the process. We've all learned to suffer and accept the terrible user experience and poor security that comes with passwords just because that's the way it has always worked in the past,” said Rakesh Loonkar, President and Co-Founder, Transmit Security. “Transmit Security is offering application owners a new reality: The ability to go passwordless no matter the size of their organization or number of users. The fact that we have raised a record amount of funding is a clear indication that the world is ready to eliminate passwords and embrace biometric authentication technology so that they can deliver enhanced user experiences combined with significantly heightened levels of security." “We have been watching the growth of Transmit Security for some time and are deeply impressed by the leadership and passion Mickey and Rakesh have demonstrated as they take identity management to a new level. Their groundbreaking technology, entrepreneurial spirit and deep expertise is precisely what this industry needs at this moment,” said Matt Gatto, Managing Director at Insight Partners. “We are thrilled to welcome the Transmit Security team to the Insight family as we focus our investments on creating a passwordless world.”