Understory—named for the area in a rainforest beneath the forest canopy—detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at the earth’s surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest. While traditional, radar-enabled weather centers collect data by analyzing conditions observed in the atmosphere, Understory’s “ground-truth”-based detection is a marked enhancement in both resolution and fidelity, providing real time datasets and graphical views of the movement and intensity of weather events, which leads to better insight and early detection of risks. The data applications for Understory’s sensors are enormous, as $485 billion of the U.S. economy fluctuates with weather. This new, sensor-enabled big data will impact insurance, agriculture, broadcast, and many other industries.
Type
Private
HQ
Somerville, US
Founded
2012
Size (employees)
17 (est)
Understory was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Somerville, US
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Understory Office Locations

Understory has an office in Somerville
Somerville, US (HQ)
28 Dane St
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Understory Financials and Metrics

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Founding Date

2012

Total Funding

$11.4 m

Latest funding size

$7.50 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago

Investors

Understory's latest funding round in February 2016 was reported to be $7.5 m. In total, Understory has raised $11.4 m
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Understory News and Updates

Silicon Valley VCs will not be riding to the rescue of the midwest’s startups anytime soon

Alex Kubicek needed $1 million. His company, Understory, designed sensors to prevent unnecessary repairs after severe hailstorms, something common in the US midwest. The technology…

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Information technology infrastructure automation vendor SaltStack Inc. this week closed what it claims is the largest-ever Series A financing round in its market’s history. At $15.5 million, the infusion dwarfs the $2 million and $2.5 million raised by competitors Puppet Inc. and Chef Software Inc. …

This company has saved insurers millions with its IoT weather analytics network

In many parts of the U.S., hailstorms are a constant threat. Hailstones can damage roofs and siding of afflicted buildings beyond repair in just a few minutes, requiring insurance companies to pay large claims. But sometimes hailstones aren’t the culprit. In Dallas recently, one policyholder with co…
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