In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Brooklyn-based Daniela Perdomo cofounded goTenna, a networking startup focused on developing “bottom up” wireless architecture and off-grid communications. GoTenna’s Mesh, launched on Kickstarter in 2016, is a low-cost device that pairs with people’s smartphones to let them send short-burst messages without traditional cell service or internet connectivity.
Perdomo, who grew up in São Paulo, got her start as a community organizer focused on homelessness and immigrant rights. She later worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, but was frustrated by the constraints of the struggling newspaper industry. So she headed north to San Francisco, cutting her teeth at various tech startups before launching her own company. With the runaway consumer success of Mesh, Perdomo says she’s focused on moving toward the professional market, integrating goTenna directly into devices, and transforming it into the standard protocol for device-to-device communications.