SpiderOak Inc., a Chicago-area firm making technology to protect the privacy of customers’ online data, is relocating its headquarters to Kansas City by year’s end and plans to close on a $3.5 million funding round by Friday.
SpiderOak already has a Kansas City presence, with employees using the Think Big Partners coworking space. The company, which currently employs about 30 people worldwide, will use the funding round to add about 10 employees in product development and marketing.
The company gained notoriety when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden praised the degree of privacy its products guaranteed. Snowden’s comments helped drive SpiderOak’s highest growth year ever, CEO Mike McCamon said.