Quirky, a crowdsourcing company that helps anyone take inventions from concept to reality, has landed $79 million in Series D financing. The company has also announced it will expand its partnership with GE, which contributed $30 million to the round, to co-develop and launch 30 new products in its connected home devices line over the next five years. The partners will also accelerate and expand Quirky’s WINK platform, the app that makes it easy for consumers to access a range of connected devices at any time from smartphones.
Since its founding in 2009, Quirky has raised over $175 million in VC funding. The company reached a $191 million valuation last year when it raised $68 million in Series C financing led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company enables collaboration between a global community of inventors and an in-house team of designers and engineers on all aspects of design, from sketch to store shelves.