Rachio, the company that builds WiFi controllers for your garden sprinklers (think Nest Thermostat, but for watering your plants instead of heating your house), is back with a new one. They’ve also raised $10M in a Series B round.
So what’s new in this Gen 3 version?
This next version goes up for pre-order today, with units shipping sometime in April. They’re shipping two slightly different variants: one that supports 8 different zones (read: places you want to water at varying times or schedules) for $249, or one with 16-zones for $299. Bundled with their new flow meter, those prices get bumped up to $279/$329 respectively.
The company declined to disclose how many Rachios had been sold to date thus far, but did tell me that it was somewhere in the six-figure range.
According to Crunchbase, Rachio had raised ~$10.5M prior to this, so this round effectively doubles their funding to date. Investors in this round included Eastside Partners, Bonaventure Capital, and Amazon’s Alexa Fund.