Mode cloud platform launches with $775K

Mode, Inc. launched its cloud platform for connected devices today, alongside news that the company has raised $775,000 in seed funding. Investors included Metamorphic Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, and several unnamed others.

Mode’s platform handles the “back end” processes associated with most Internet of Things products, such as routing messages between devices and matching users with the devices they are authorized to control. This frees up developers to focus on the hardware that goes into their device and the software that customers will use to interact with it. Build a product, code an app, and let Mode be the glue that holds them together.

The platform’s API is based on the smart home model, with devices and users grouped into “homes” that determine who can control what. But it is built to scale, so devices that are meant for offices, retail stores, and other multi-user environments should feel right at home too.

With three-quarters of a million dollars on hand to ramp up operations, Mode will be courting customers at two tech industry events this week: Internet of Things World in San Francisco tomorrow and Wednesday; and Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo over the weekend.