Spark-funded Clear Shuts Down

Clear, a five-year-old biometric passenger identification service intended to speed air travelers’ passage through security checkpoints, shut down last night. According to the service’s website, parent company Verified Identity Pass of New York, NY, was unable to obtain credit to continue operations. Boston’s Spark Capital led a $44.4 million Series C venture funding round for Verified Identity Pass last August. Syncom Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin, Baker Capital, GE Security, and Lehman Brothers also joined that round, which brought the company’s total funding at the time to $116.4 million.

Wade Roush is the producer and host of the podcast Soonish and a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @soonishpodcast

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