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Daniela Per­domo co-founded Gotenna in 2012 after the dev­as­ta­tion of hur­ri­cane Sandy. While vol­un­teer­ing in the relief ef­forts in New York after the storm, she noted that even emer­gency re­spon­ders were hav­ing trou­ble com­mu­ni­cat­ing. Her start-up de­vel­ops com­pact an­ten­nas that are about the size of a USB stick. They en­able mo­bile phone users to send en­crypted text mes­sages and share a map of their ex­act lo­ca­tion for emer­gen­cies when there is no cell ser­vice or Wifi. The start-up has nearly 17 mil­lion dol­lars in ven­ture cap­i­tal and its tech­nol­ogy is even used by the United Na­tions.

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