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Wire grabs fresh funding for secure messaging tech that’s big with G7 governments


More funding for European end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Wire: The enterprise-focused messaging platform told TechCrunch it’s closed a €24 million Series C round of funding led by growth equity firm Cipio Partners and Iconical, the investment vehicle of Skype co-founder Janus Friis. Existing investor UVC Partners also participating, among other returning backers.
The messaging tool — which launched almost a decade ago — was originally conceived as a fresh take on secure consumer comms, drawing on certain connections to Skype (including early backing from Friis).
But with increasingly fierce competition in the consumer space, from the likes of WhatsApp and Signal (and other E2EE messaging apps), the team pivoted focus to the b2b market — a move that caused a bit of consternation among certain privacy advocates when it emerged, back in 2019, that Wire had taken in its first ever tranche of VC funding and moved its holding company from Europe …

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