Ex-Qualcomm exec Rob Chandhok joins IoT startup Helium

Qualcomm’s former internet of things big idea guy Rob Chandhok has found a new home at a much smaller company, but he’s doing very similar work. He’s joined a startup called Helium that’s focused on building the wireless links between all of the things in IoT.

Helium announced Chandhok’s appointment as COO, president and board member on Tuesday, the same day it also announced a $16 million Series A round led by Khosla Ventures. FirstMark Capital, Digital Garage, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, SV Angel and Slow Ventures also participated.

Helium is taking on the difficult task of creating a new wireless networking protocol specifically for the internet of things, an approach already being explored by companies like SigFox and organizations like the Bluetooth and Weightless special interest groups.