Former TicketBiscuit founder Jeff Gale will be joining a new technology project in Birmingham.
Gale has joined Helium, a company building a peer-to-peer wireless network designed to connect devices to the internet. The company is backed by GV, formerly Google Ventures, Kholsa Ventures and Union Square Ventures and others.
Gale plans to grow the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, community in the area. Internet of Things devices are typically small electronic devices that need an internet connection, such as tracking devices, or environmental sensors that measure temperature or humidity.
“Birmingham’s startup scene has been on fire for the last few years, and I’m hopeful that creating a ‘network within a network,’ through Helium, will create a whole new playing field for local entrepreneurs, right alongside biotech, fintech and other sectors where our startups are innovating,” Gale said. “A forecast from IDC projects the number of IoT devices to surpass 40 billion by 2025 — that’s five devices for every man, woman and child on earth.”
Several prominent names in the Birmingham startup community have volunteered to host the hardware powering the Helium network including Fleetio, Fast Slow Motion, Moxie, Conserv, Hardware Park and the new TechStars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator.