Artist, investor, tech entrepreneur and TV-talent-show judge at large: Will·I·Am wears a lot of hats, but one of them may be slipping: his i·am+ technology company appears to have run into financial trouble.
The Verge has the details for a company that raised more than $117m in funding by 2017. The report claims that a partnership with Dubai retailer Majid Al Futtaim is stalling; notes the breakdown of another deal with wireless-earphones firm Earin; and claims that the company is “also late on both state and federal tax payments”.
The tech site has also talked to a pair of employees from smart-home company Wink, which was acquired by i·am+ in 2017, who claim they have not been paid for more than seven weeks. The company itself has not yet commented on the report.
i·am+ originally launched in 2012 as the maker of a range of camera-toting iPhone cases. Since then, it has launched a smartwatch and wireless earphones, before pivoting in 2017 to make voice-assistant technology for businesses.
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