Armada: Edge Computing Pioneer Company Raises Over $55 Million

By Amit Chowdhry • Dec 11, 2023

Armada – an edge computing pioneer redefining the future of connectivity, computing, and AI – exited stealth today. The company also marks this milestone with a significant capital raise exceeding $55 million, led by Founders Fund, Lux Capital, Shield Capital and 8090 Industries, with participation from Felicis, Contrary, Valor Equity Partners, Marlinspike, 137 Ventures, Koch Real Estate Investments, 8VC and a cohort of other strategic investors.

This funding round will propel Armada forward in its mission to bridge the global digital divide, empowering businesses and communities to leverage all of their data, regardless of where it’s generated. And Armada is dedicated to unlocking the potential of generative AI, edge computing and predictive models on a global scale.

Gartner estimates that by 2025, 75% of enterprise data will originate at the edge, and there’s a clear demand for a decentralized approach to empower the fourth industrial revolution. And Armada offers a full-stack infrastructure solution (deployable on on-premise and cloud infrastructures) to deliver optimal edge computing and cutting-edge satellite internet connectivity to the world’s most remote regions.

This enables companies to harness the power of generative AI and predictive models where they are most needed, enabling a range of industries, ranging from utilities and infrastructure to military and mining, to enhance their real-time processing, analysis, and decision-making capabilities right where the data resides.

Armada Commander Platform

The Commander Platform is the cornerstone of Armada’s ecosystem, and it serves as the single portal for the observability and management of all edge operations. Central and field operations teams can buy and control Starlink terminals, deploy and manage Galleon datacenters, unify IoT devices and access the Armada marketplace for next-generation AI applications, the building blocks for custom end-to-end edge solutions.

Armada Connect

Armada Connect is a dedicated operating system for Starlink and all future IoT devices. Through Armada Connect, businesses gain unprecedented control over their entire fleet of Starlink deployments, encompassing enterprise-grade capabilities for observability, management and billing of all Starlink assets. The system is bolstered by the Commander AI Assistant – which offers real-time contextual alerts, diagnostics, and troubleshooting support, ensuring smooth operations and quick resolution of any issues. This is complemented by access to the Armada Marketplace, offering a curated selection of certified connectivity and IoT assets, enhancing the overall functionality and scope of Armada Connect.

Armada Edge

Armada Edge is the Global Command Center for Galleons, connectivity, AI applications and IoT assets. Armada’s Galleons are ruggedized, mobile and modular data centers delivering significant compute and storage capacity, coupled with resilient connectivity. Designed to support multiple data-processing and AI applications at the edge, they are customized with adequate storage, memory and high-performance computing components such as GPUs, FPGAs and multicore CPUs. They seamlessly interface with local area networks and on-site assets, providing connectivity to internet-based resources via Starlink, fiber, 5G or other network infrastructures. Galleons are self-contained units, enabling rapid deployment worldwide.

Armada EdgeAI

Armada EdgeAI features a spectrum of generative AI, multimodal AI and real-time machine learning capabilities, built for designing industry-specific applications. And these adaptable applications are accessible in the cloud and can be optimized for deployment on dedicated edge hardware whether Galleons or on-premises infrastructure. EdgeAI’s capabilities cater to a wide range of industrial applications like real-time visual inspection, assistive agents, predictive maintenance, robotics, autonomous vehicle operations, emissions monitoring and beyond.


“Today, AI — including large language models, multimodal AI and predictive models — is revolutionizing every facet of our lives and work, but not everyone has the same opportunity. What’s truly astounding is that vast swaths of the world still lack basic internet access, much less the ability to derive tangible value from their data. Armada’s mission is to bridge the digital divide once and for all, giving our customers the ability to solve their biggest problems.”

– Armada co-founder and CEO Dan Wright

“Armada plays a vital role in addressing the growing compute needs of industrial IoT for manufacturing and industrial applications, a sector that has been vastly underserved but is crucial in today’s landscape.”

– Justin Wilson, Managing Director at Koch Real Estate Investments

“There is an impossibly large volume of data created at the edge, and regrettably, virtually nothing is done with it. We’re exceptionally fortunate to have the best talent in the world on our team, as well as the support of our incredible syndicate of investors and advisors. We are also thrilled to add Trae Stephens of Founders Fund and Anduril, Kerem Ozmen of 8090 Industries and our founding CTO, Pradeep Nair, to our Board of Directors as we tackle this enormous opportunity.”

– Armada co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Jon Runyan

“Armada has a best-in-class team building at the edge of what’s technically possible right now. Armada’s edge computing platform will fundamentally reshape entire industries.”

– Trae Stephens, Partner at Founders Fund and co-founder and Chairman at Anduril