Lime, Salesforce do not have partnerships with Helium: Mashable, The Verge

Quick Take

  • Tech media outlets Mashable and The Verge separately reported that Lime and Salesforce are not currently using technology from Helium, despite their logos appearing on the Helium website.
  • Lime told Mashable that it did a brief, initial test with Helium in the summer of 2019, but that it did not have any contact with Helium since.
  • A Salesforce spokesperson told The Verge that Helium is not a partner of the company. 

Decentralized wireless network Helium does not have partnerships with two well-known firms whose logos it prominently featured on its website, based on two separate reports from Mashable and The Verge.

While Helium had displayed the Lime and Salesforce logos on its website until Friday, the articles indicate that neither company is currently using its technology. 

Helium (which recently rebranded as Nova Labs) is the company behind the Helium Network, which its FAQ page describes as a "global, distributed network of hotspots that create public, long-range wireless coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) devices." Helium has its own blockchain and native token called HNT, which hotspot owners can earn for tasks like validating coverage. Axios reported in February that Helium raised a $200 million Series D round at a $1.2 billion valuation, with Tiger Global and FTX Ventures joining as new investors.

 Mashable first reported on Friday that a highly-publicized relationship between Helium and transportation company Lime does not exist, despite Helium making “numerous mentions of this partnership on its website” and featuring the Lime logo. 

Lime is best known for offering electric scooters and bikes for rent through its smartphone application. Helium claimed for years that Lime was using its technology for geolocation, Mashable reported. 

But a Lime spokesperson told Mashable that it hasn’t had any contact with Helium since a brief, initial test in the summer of 2019. Lime had also asked Helium not to use their name in promotional material as a condition of that trial, he told the tech news outlet. 

Lime has not taken legal action against Helium, but it appears it could soon. 

“Now, however, Mashable has learned that Lime is preparing to send a cease and desist to Helium over its use of Lime's name and logo on its website, and in its marketing,” Mashable reported.