We founded Helium back in 2013 with a mission to make the world a more connected place through a ubiquitous, global wireless network. We decided to focus our initial efforts on an open source wireless protocol, LoRaWAN, purpose-built for IoT devices and sensors. By adding the open source Helium blockchain, we unlocked the barrier of traditional centralized network build-outs by spreading the cost across a decentralized ownership model. The cryptocurrency, HNT, started the flywheel of a people-powered network to roll out globally.

Today the Helium Network, also known as “The People’s Network”, is live with 28,000+ Hotspots in over 3,800…

Helium has been on a mission to create an open network to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. We’ve recently made great headway because we created an incentive that enabled the people, individuals in communities around the US as well as the world to participate and build this new network together. We called this The People’s Network.

As individuals and communities have supported Helium and The People’s Network, this global COVID-19 pandemic is the time for Helium to give back to the people. In that vein, we are committed to supporting individuals and communities the best way we can.


Time seems to accelerate when running a startup and this year roared by. We focused not only on building a Hotspot and completing a new physical blockchain, but also on launching what would quickly become the largest public LoRa network in the United States.

As we turn the page on 2019 and push forward into 2020, I feel it’s important to reflect on what happened in the year at Helium and share our focus for the start of this new decade.

Huge thanks

First things first, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our Helium employees, customers, and investors.

Thank you…

It’s been quite a ride since we launched just over four weeks ago! Firstly, the Helium team and I are deeply thankful for everyone who has participated in The People’s Network. Getting in on the ground floor of an early movement like this requires conviction, and we appreciate the confidence in joining us.

I wanted to provide an overview of how the launch went, and a view into what’s next.

The Launch

We kicked off the network with a launch party in Austin. It was great to see network participants and chat with them about the network and what they wanted to…

It’s been a week since we launched the Helium Hotspot for US customers, and the momentum has exceeded our expectations. Since launch we’ve sold out the initial batch reserved for our target city Austin and received orders from 125 other cities across 33 US states from Alaska to Florida, and California to New York.

IoT promises tremendous leaps forward in almost every aspect of industry and business, as well as civic and personal life. However, it has also significantly raised the stakes for security by introducing a flood of new connected devices which are highly vulnerable to hacking. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission there are now twenty-five billion devices online — if research presented from a Hewlett Packard IoT security study is correct, between 70 and 80 percent of them may be insecure, lacking encryption and sufficient password protection. The danger, however, goes far beyond the individual vulnerability of these devices. …

Since starting Helium in 2013 we’ve been focused on trying to make it as easy as possible to get data out of the physical world in a way that was highly secure, scalable, required no configuration, and used very little battery power. We’ve been fortunate enough over the years to have the opportunity to experiment with different forms of this idea — whether a complete packaged sensor solution, or most recently our end-to-end development board, scripting environment, and cloud platform— which has allowed us to gather an incredible amount of feedback from thousands of users, customers, and prospects.

As we’ve…

Amir Haleem

CEO & Founder, @helium

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