Liz Gannes

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Google and Khosla Ventures Back Former Googlers' Weather Insurance Start-up

As those of us who hoped to go sledding in San Francisco last weekend know too well, weather forecasting is not terrifically precise. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a technology business. WeatherBill, a company that sells weather insurance to farmers, just got a big vote of confidence from folks in the high-tech world for its weather simulation modeling.

Four-year-old WeatherBill is announcing today $42 million in Series B funding from Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures as well as previous investors NEA, Index Ventures, Allen & Company, First Round Capital, Atomico and Code Advisors.

WeatherBill CEO David Friedberg was previously a member of Google’s corporate development team, while CTO Siraj Khaliq led technical projects such as the company’s distributed computing infrastructure. They are actually some of the first former Googler co-founders funded by Google Ventures.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik