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2013 – Founded
6/2014 – Announced $9.7M Series A
4/2015 – Light's camera technology revealed and explained
4/2015 - Partnership with Foxconn announced
7/2015 - Announced $25M Series B
10/2015 - Announced the Light L16 Camera
7/2016 - Announced $30M Series C


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rajiv laroia + dave grannan
cto and co-founder + ceo and co-founder

dave grannan
ceo and co-founder

dr. rajiv laroia
cto and co-founder

prashant velagaleti
svp engineering & product management

bradley lautenbach
svp marketing & product design

jennifer hochstatter
vp of operations


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Light dawns on the age of the megacamera


The L16, if it is as good as promised, will be as important for photography as the first 35mm film camera, the Leica 1, was in 1925. The Leica’s portability freed photographers from the need for an assistant: 90 years on, Light could allow them to reduce kilos of equipment to something the size of a smartphone.

Jonathan Margolis

Light’s Slim Camera Takes Aim at DSLRs By Snapping Many Pics at Once


Ordinarily the WSJD Personal Tech team doesn’t jump on products that are still so far from consumers’ hands. When Light’s co-founder and CTO, Rajiv Laroia, came by with his team to show us the invention, however, it seemed like a product that should exist...

Wilson Rothman

How This Magical 16-Lens Camera Will Actually Work


THE DAYS OF saying “cheese” are numbered. Soon, you may be saying “whoa” as you look into the multiple lenses of the unique Light L16. It’s like having a staring contest with four spiders: 16 cameras, arranged in a seemingly haphazard fashion, peer back at you. Their tiny mirrors shimmer behind a thin sheet of glass... When you see this camera, you will immediately want to pick it up and shoot pictures with it.

Tim Moynihan

Your smartphone camera could be a 52-megapixel beast by next year


"The lenses and image sensors in mobile cameras have been evolving rapidly over last few years, to the point that just about everybody with a smartphone can snap some impressive selfies nearly anywhere. But one startup doesn’t think that those pocketable cameras have reached their full potential, and it intends to change that.

Featuring founders well-versed in other forms of mobile technology, Light has its focus set specifically on photography by addressing one of its biggest limitations: the fact that most digital cameras only house a single lens and sensor."

AJ Dellinger

Light Raises $9.7 Million for Photography Startup From Silicon Valley Veterans


"The former CEO of speech recognition startup Vlingo — which powered the original Siri and was acquired by Nuance — and the former CTO of Flarion Technologies — which developed LTE and was acquired by Qualcomm — are teaming up for a new photography startup.

They are Dave Grannan and Rajiv Laroia, and the company is Light.

Light already has $9.7 million in the bank from Bessemer Venture Partners and CRV, and Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs is also invested and on the board of directors."

Liz Gannes

Coming Soon: 52-Megapixel Cameras in Smartphones


"The company doesn’t have a working prototype of a full camera module yet, but it expects to put 52-megapixel cameras in smartphones by the end of 2016. And get this: Light has reportedly signed a licensing and investment deal with Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer that plays a huge role in Apple’s manufacturing.

So things are getting interesting in this space. In just one week, we’ve learned that Apple and one of its main manufacturers have both jumped into the world of multi-lens-and-sensor camera modules for smartphones. It looks like they believe this to be the future of smartphone photography."

Michael Zhang


dr. paul e. jacobs

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm's long-term opportunities. Jacobs has been a leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and is a key architect of Qualcomm's strategic vision.

dr. sanjay jha

Sanjay is the GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO and former Motorola Mobility Chairman and CEO. Prior to Motorola, Jha served as Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm and President of Qualcomm CDMA technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronics engineering from the University of Strathclyde.

bessemer venture partners

Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) invests in early-stage and hyper-growth startups, partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build durable businesses. BVP is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Cambridge, New York, Bangalore and Herzliya. With $4 billion under management, BVP invests anywhere from $100,000 to $75 million in innovative companies like Pinterest, Twilio, Box, LinkedIn, Shopify, Yelp, Skype and CornerstoneOnDemand. Over 100 BVP companies have gone public – in the last three years alone, BVP has had 46 exits (IPO and M&A) and made new investments in more than 85 companies.


Founded in 1970, CRV has been a leading investor in early-stage technology companies for more than forty years. CRV's partners, all of whom are experienced entrepreneurs and operators, are focused on helping to build world-changing companies that create tremendous value. CRV has recently led early investments in some of the biggest consumer and enterprise tech companies including Twitter, Yammer, Zendesk, and more. CRV has offices in Cambridge, Mass. and Menlo Park, Calif.


Eclipse is an early-stage venture firm, redefining the way investments are made in hardware-focused companies. We see a world where hardware, robust software architecture, and compelling data insights are no longer three separate business models. Rather, they are the three pillars that define successful systems companies of the future. Eclipse was founded in 2015 by Lior Susan and a team of hardware experts.


GV provides venture capital funding to bold new companies. In the fields of life science, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, cyber security, and agriculture, GV’s companies aim to improve lives and change industries. GV’s team of world-class engineers, designers, physicians, scientists, marketers, and investors work together to provide these startups exceptional support on the road to success.

Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. GV helps startups interface with Google, providing unique access to the world’s best technology and talent.

GV has $2.4 billion under management. Among its 300 investments are Uber, Nest, Slack, Foundation Medicine, Flatiron Health, and One Medical Group. GV is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York, and London.


StepStone Group LP is a leading private markets firm that oversees approximately US$60 billion of private capital allocations, including US$12 billion of assets under management. It is a global firm with offices in New York, London, San Diego, Beijing, San Francisco, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Seoul and Perth. StepStone creates customized and targeted portfolios for the world's most sophisticated investors using a highly disciplined research-focused approach that integrates primary, secondary, credit and co-investments. StepStone leverages its unique global platform to optimize exposure to top performing investment managers in all strategies and geographies.

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