Cipher Skin Raises $5M to Translate the Physical World into Actionable Data Insights


Furthers Mission to Build the Largest and Most Accurate Database of Objects in Motion  

March 2, 2021 - Cipher Skin, the company translating the physical world into actionable data insights, today announced it has raised $5M in Series A funding led by the Boyett Group with participation from Draper Capital and Tribe Capital to grow its product line and expand into new markets.  

At the core of Cipher Skin’s technology is Cipher Mesh, a network of sensors that can be printed on any textile and wrap around any physical object, from human limbs to bridges and pipes. This patented technology captures movement, retrieves internal metrics, and translates both into actionable, visualized insights through proprietary software – delivering diagnostics that can solve myriad challenges for a constellation of industries.  

“Building a massive database to decode the world around us is central to our mission,” said COO and co-founder Dr. ShakaBahadu. “If you think of data as the DNA of the physical world – the building blocks that hold unique information and shape the structure of everything – then we are mapping it at scale and providing actionable insights to offer valuable solutions that will transform how we tackle, and even prevent, the problems our world faces.”   

The new round brings total funding to $7.8M and builds off the $1.5M the Department of Defense awarded the company in June 2020 as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program recognizing Cipher Skin’s innovative human performance application, which has also attracted customers including the Air Force Special Operations Command. This round will help the company further develop the existing product line in the human performance industry and expand into new markets including oil and gas and vinification. 

“Cipher Skin’s technology has broad applications, which is evident from the interest we’ve received from top-tier investors across a variety of fields including data analytics, oil and gas, wine making and general disruptive tech,” said CEO and co-founder Philip Bogdanovich. “Our investors understand the power of accurate data and insights at scale, not assumptive algorithms that make vague interpretations from limited sources. We’re excited to prove the power of these measurements.” 

Cipher Skin has experienced exponential growth; revenue increased by 3,200% from 2019 to 2020 and headcount grew 250% over that same period. The company expects similar growth rates in the upcoming few years by partnering with medical, wellness, athletic and industrial companies to embed its patented technology into their products. This will allow Cipher Skin to focus on managing and analyzing the data that it anonymously captures from all the licensed products as it fulfills its mission of building the largest and most accurate database of the physical world. 

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About Cipher Skin 

Cipher Skin is a data company founded in 2017, built on technology that translates the physical world into actionable insights. Cipher Skin’s patented technology, Cipher Mesh, is a network of sensors that can be printed on any textile and wrapped around anything—a person, a pipe, a bridge. This technology captures gapless data and translates it through proprietary software to provide instantaneous, visualized data and diagnostics. Because of Cipher Skin’s versatility, there are nearly unlimited applications, from physical therapy and training to continuous monitoring in pipeline management. The brainchild of combat veterans, Cipher Skin has also countless military applications. At its core, however, Cipher Skin melds next-gen hardware and software to help make sense of our complex world and how we interact with it. 

Investor quotes 

“Cipher Skin analyses flow in a unique way, helping people improve everything from physical therapy to how fluids run through pipelines. The data they capture can be extraordinarily valuable. The company brings together a diverse team of engineers, data scientists, medical professionals, and PhDs to bring analytics to a new frontier that allows us to visualize our world and the human body. We’re excited to fund the immense potential of Cipher Skin’s technology to create the next generation of human wellness and industrial performance products.” – Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Partner, Draper Associates. 

“The data from connected devices will continue to transform almost every aspect of our society from streamlining business operations to increasing the safety of machines by predicting failures before they occur. Cipher Skin is taking current node and sensor data one step further by providing a transparent life view.” - Arjun Sethi, Co-Founder and Partner, Tribe Capital. 

Decaying energy infrastructure is a critical and underappreciated problem. While underground pipelines are the safest mode of fuel transportation, pipeline leaks can have devastating impacts on the environment, local communities and industrial function. Understanding the scope of these problems and being able to predict and mitigate them within a retrofittable system is of tremendous commercial and societal value. Cipher Skin is offering a new way to find and prevent leaks that helps protect our environment and keep our communities while increasing efficiencies in the marketplace.” - Dale Boyett, President, Boyett Petroleum.