Company Profile

Wickr Inc
Profile last edited on: 2/12/22      CAGE: 7N0K5      UEI: NZNRBF41ZEF4

Business Identifier: Secure communications technology: encrypted messaging app
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Location Information

20 California Street Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
   (415) 286-9476
Location: Single
Congr. District: 12
County: San Francisco

Public Profile

In June 2021, it was announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) had acquired secure messaging service Wickr for an undisclosed amount. The apparantly somewhat out-of-the-blue acquisition is discussed as appearing to be part of AWS movement towards promoting the larger firm's services into the public and military sectors. AWS indicated that Wickr services to existing clients will continue unchanged. Wickr had functioinged as a no-cost top-secret messaging app allowing users to send and receive top-secret messages, pictures, videos, audios, and files. Wickr Inc. provides products to ensure secure communications, with the aim of helping companies and organizations protect valuable, high-target communications. All of the firm's products come with, but are not limited to, the core capability features: Secure Messaging, Security (D2D*), Ephemerality Settings, Screenshot Detection (Mobile), Groups, @mentions, Federation (Cross Network and Multi-Network Communication), Data Shredder, Key Verification, Voice, and Video (Pro and Enterprise), Secure File Transfer (Photos, Video & Files). The company's secure ephemeral collaboration tools empower businesses and end-users to ensure that no sensitive conversation remains accessible beyond its useful life and intended audience. In

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2019 2 AF $1,497,635
Project Title: Direct to Phase II Open Topic: Secure Communications on AFSOC Cloud
2017 1 DARPA $148,960
Project Title: Secure Messaging Platform

Key People / Management

  Joel Wallenstrom -- CEO and President

  Joel Alwen -- Cryptographer

  Chris Howell -- Chief Technology Officer

  Chris Lalonde -- COO

  Gilman Louie -- Co-Chair

  Nico Sell -- Co-Founder and Co-Chair

  Dan Skinner