Jiobit, a Chicago tracking-device startup, is being acquired by a location-software company in a deal that could be worth up to $54.5 million.
Life360, a San Francisco-based company best known for its smartphone app used by parents to keep tabs on their children, says it’s reached a deal to acquire hardware maker Jiobit for $37 million in stock and debt. The amount could rise to about $55 million if Jiobit hits certain performance targets within two years.
“We’ve long wanted to expand beyond the smartphone into wearable devices, and Jiobit offers the market leading device for pets, younger children, and seniors,” said Chris Hulls, CEO of Life360, said in a statement. “With Jiobit, Life360 would be the market leader in both hardware and software products for families.”
Jiobit will operate as a subsidiary of Life360, said CEO John Renaldi. He expects to double Jiobit’s workforce to more than 50 this year. “They’re investing in us,” he said. “We realized we could do something bigger, better and faster with them.”
The startup was founded in 2015 by Renaldi, a former Motorola executive, after he temporarily lost track of his son during a visit to Maggie Daley Park. It launched a tracker, which uses wireless networks, that can keep tabs on kids, seniors and pets. The device costs $129.99, plus a subscription of $8.99 to $14.99 a month.
The company, which raised about $12 million, endured a roller-coaster ride during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking out a PPP loan before the business recovered.