Clef is two-factor authentication from the future (learn more here). We’re excited to announce raised $1.6m from Morado Ventures and some amazing angels led by Raj Mehta to help us build the company we love, solve two-factor authentication, and kill passwords.
Until very recently, Clef consisted of three people — Mark, Jesse, and I (Brennen). For the last two years, we’ve been on a mission to kill passwords and we’ve built an amazing product to do it. We launched in June of last year and have been living, breathing, and dreaming Clef ever since.
Along the way, we’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to find communities that have welcomed us. With their support, we’ve grown from less than 100 sites using Clef at this time last year to more than 16,000 today. In WordPress, we’ve blown away every other two-factor authentication option by focusing on what we do best: creating a beautiful login experience that delights instead of frustrates. We could not be more proud of, or grateful for, everything that has happened so far.
But we’re not finished yet: we have huge goals and miles to go before we sleep. To help us achieve those goals and build the company we love, we’ve raised $1.6m from some incredible investors, including Morado Ventures and a group of wonderful angels led by Raj Mehta.
In the next year, we’ll continue rapidly expanding our presence in platforms like WordPress, but we’ll also be adding a new focus: Bitcoin. As cryptocurrencies are adopted by everyday Internet users, an important challenge arises: how can we keep users who refuse to use traditional two-factor safe? Clef is the answer. We’ve built the best two-factor in the world and as passwords die, we’ll keep Bitcoin users safe with an experience they love.
We announced a few weeks ago that Laurence had joined the Clef team to help with support and today I’m happy to announce two other hires: Darrell Jones III will be joining us in December to do business development, and Sasha Heinen will be joining us in January to build our apps. Darrell is a force of nature we were all inspired by in college and Sasha is one of the best engineers I’ve met.
As we grow, we’ll never lose sight of the many people and communities that helped us on our way. To everyone who has supported us: Thank You. We are so grateful for your support.
To celebrate, we’d like to extend an (always open) invitation to our 67th weekly community dinner in Oakland. Swing by our office anytime after 6:30, enjoy some home cooking by Mark, Jesse and I, and celebrate the beginning of a new era in Clef’s life.