Tile Joins Life360

Chris Hulls
4 min readNov 22, 2021


Hi, I’m Chris Hulls, Life360’s co-founder and CEO, and I have some exciting news.

I’m thrilled to announce that we have acquired Tile, ushering in a new day for Life360. This is genuinely the most impactful deal in our company’s history. Combined with our addition of Jiobit earlier this year, we’ve just simplified safety for millions of people around the world.

We’re also one step closer to being the world’s leading platform for safety and location services, as Life360 members will now be able to quickly and easily locate everything that matters — loved ones, pets, and valuables — from one mobile platform.

Soon you will be able to locate people, pets, and things all within Life360

As some backstory, I was a small early stage Tile investor. I met the company’s original co-founders, Nick Evans and Mike Farley, back in 2014. We connected immediately because it was clear to us that we would either be working together or be competitors at some point in the future, as we both had what I’ll call the religious belief that location would ultimately be core to what was then the nascent mobile industry. We had the platform of mobile phones covering people. They had the hardware device covering things. The combination was always obvious.

We almost joined the forces a number of times in our history, and I have been close with Tile’s current CEO, CJ Prober, since he took the reins in 2018. Simply stated, this is the acquisition I’ve been working towards for the better part of a decade.

Why Tile

I have an enormous amount of respect for what the Tile team has built. They are the leader in the finding things category and have built a respected and trusted household name brand. The numbers speak for themselves: Tile is in nearly 30,000 retail stores, has established embedded partnerships with dozens of companies, sold more than 45 million Tiles, and has over 440,000 total subscribers.

And, while Tile already has impressive reach, they are just getting started. The category they pioneered is about to get a whole lot bigger — we believe the launch of the Apple AirTags is the tipping point where all the devices you care about will become location-enabled. While it may sound counterintuitive, or even a bit corporate-speak, that competition from a platform giant is a good thing, we genuinely believe it is one of the best things ever to happen to Tile.

From our own experience pioneering the location sharing category (we were the first ever location sharing app on the market), we saw how the launch of Find My Friends brought our category mainstream — we had triple digit growth rates after Apple entered our space. An even more relevant example is the AirPods. If you’re like me, you might remember having an old Jawbone bluetooth earpiece back in 2010 — it seemed like the market would take off, but it just….didn’t. That is,until Apple launched the AirPods. As you can see from the chart below, the industry grew by over 300x in just 5 years, and Apple has lost market share every year since launch. The AirPods were the best thing that happened to all the other companies in the space.

Apple AirPods: Category creation, not domination

So, we’re excited about how poised this entire industry is about to get massively bigger. There is nothing but runway ahead for innovation, and I’m confident we’ll see that 2021 was just the beginning.

It’s also important to note that once this category fully emerges, Android users will demand a solution too. At this moment, we are the only real cross-platform game in town.

What Comes Next

We’ll be bundling Tile devices as part of our Membership plans, and Tile will offer Life360 Membership benefits to its customers. We’ll also start work on integrating our technologies so Tile devices, Jiobit wearables, and Life360 app customers will show up on a unified map: people, pets, and things all in one place.

Together we will supercharge our respective membership offerings

We’ll also use the Tile as an accelerator for our international growth. Life360’s vision has always been global, but as of now only 11% of our revenue comes from outside the US. As part of this acquisition, we’ll be raising capital to build out a robust international growth team to bring the international Life360 experience to par with the US in other key regions.

And lastly, I’m very excited about what Tile means for another central part of our vision I’ve had since our founding: the opening of the family graph API, which will allow third parties to create their own experiences around Life360 data. Our vision to build the dominant global location platform has just taken a huge leap forward with the addition of Tile, and we can’t wait to get started building this future together.

For details on the announcement see our press release.