Stealthy Hardware Startup Solu Luggage $1.3M Seed

Stealthy Hardware Startup Solu Bags $1.3M Seed

One other hardware startup is sparking up in Finland. Helsinki-based mostly startup Solu has taken in a $1.three million seed spherical, forward of a deliberate product launch this fall.

The stealthy startup has not but pulled again the curtain on what it’s constructing precisely however, after pinging our sources, TechCrunch understands it’s instantly concentrating on the private pc market with a brand new sort of OS and its personal hardware. Which sounds suitably formidable for the land that may declare a former world primary cellular maker (aka Nokia).

Dropping some heavy hints of Solu’s goal, co-founder and CEO Kristoffer Lawson notes the group began engaged on the idea 30 years after the launch of the Apple Macintosh “virtually to the day”. “We’ve got seen 30 years of 1 mind-set. I feel it’s time for a change,” he says in a press release.

A sweeping mission assertion on its web site provides: “Solu is aiming to vary an entire business with a singular strategy and distinctive know-how.”

Previous to this seed spherical, Solu had pulled in a six-determine pre-seed, again in September 2014, when the enterprise was included. Buyers in its new spherical are lead KSV Make investments, together with Vladimir Ashurkov, Sasha Markvo, Otto Hilska (Flowdock) and Timo Kiravuo (Aalto College), amongst others. Present investor hardware startup accelerator BuildIt, which hothoused Solu, additionally participated, together with others from the earlier spherical.

Solu’s founding group consists of Lawson (additionally Holvi co-founder), Javier Reyes (ex Nordic Director of TMF Group) and Pekka Nikander (Nixu founder). At this level the startup has 12 staff on its payroll. The board consists of Nokia’s Sonja London, Taneli Tikka (serial entrepreneur), Jyrki Kasvi (Member of Parliament), and Sasha Markvo, together with Reyes.

Lawson says it’s planning parallel launch occasions in San Francisco, London and Helsinki. And if it retains to its slated autumn launch timeframe there gained’t be too lengthy to attend to see what sort of package Solu hopes can be disrupting the Mac and PC (albeit, each have arguably already been amply disrupted by cellular platforms).