September 29, 2022
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High-wireless acts: Row 44, Sonos capitalize on move toward WiFi

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The world is going wireless, and two tri-county firms have raised $62 million as proof.

Westlake Village-based Row 44 and Santa Barbara-based Sonos are building businesses around consumers’ burgeoning demand to stay connected to their digital lives wherever they are. Row 44 operates an in-flight wireless Internet service and is installing it on Southwest Airlines’ fleet, and Sonos makes systems to beam different streams of music to any room in a home.

Investors have made big bets on both in recent months. Row 44 announced a $37 million investment from PAR Capital and other investors on Sept. 8 to fuel its international expansion. Sonos has it sights set on Europe and Asia as well. It raised $25  million in March, according to regulatory filings.

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