Reno Nevada, 26 August 2016, Manet & Mesh Technologies has been selected, out of thousands of start-ups, as a finalist of the Telco Data Analytics Shark Tank program at CTIA Super Mobility Conference 2016 (CTIA) in Las Vegas on 8 September. The CTIA conference is the premier global show for all things mobile and is attended by over 30,000 delegates annually.
Manet & Mesh Technologies’ Outpost app appealed to the judges and is set for launch later this year. The company’s infrastructure allows users to download the app in remote locations where no internet connection is available. It uses ad hoc mobile mesh networks made up of users’ devices and WiFi networking devices. The company is pioneering the development of what it calls ‘Data Beacons’ which add storage and connectivity to local mobile mesh network infrastructure. Outpost allows users to connect with others in their local proximity to message, share content, based on common interests, and engage in social interactions.
While the company is at an early stage its founders are no strangers to start-up challenges. Oscar Jenkins is a native Australian who moved to the United Kingdom in in the early 1990s. He started and ran a series of pioneering award-winning internet and mobile companies. He moved to the U.S. in 2015 and has been waiting for the right opportunity and to meet a technical business partner for his next business.
“Being selected to present at the CTIA Shark Tank event highlights the uniquenes of our business and the broader opportunity for off-grid apps and services. Manet & Mesh Tech is perfectly placed to take advantage of a seismic shift in how younger users and early adopters will interact and share data securely and directly rather than via Internet”. Oscar Jenkins
Joe Chavez, Manet & Mesh Tech’s co-founder, recently met Jenkins on the Reno start-up scene. At their first meeting they clicked and immediately realized they were completely aligned on a vision for off-grid apps and services. Aside from his day job as a principal software engineer, Chavez has designed and developed mobile mesh systems for communications, gaming and IoT verticals. He is deeply involved in Space Apps Reno, a hackathon organized by NASA, and through his work on beacon technology holds a patent concerning beacons that contain relative directional vectors that point to location or objects of interest.
Jenkins and Chavez have bootstrapped their company to date and are now searching for investors on AngelList and Gust, from whom they are looking to raise $1m in seed funding to take business to the next stage and beyond. The pair’s unique blend of experience and creativity is a solid foundation for a tech start-up and their passion to realize their imagined future is extremely contagious. Manet & Mesh Technologies certainly is a young tech company to watch.
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