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A look back at 2016

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A look back at 2016

A year ago today, our team had just completed three significant milestones: we completed shipping every pre-order from 2015, we announced our Smart Filter product, and we completed a successful CES 2016 where we not only had our own booth, but were represented by Lowe’s and SmartThings as well. We were on cloud nine then, but it was just the beginning of a huge year for our company and for the thousands of homeowners throughout the U.S. and Canada who looked to us to make their homes smarter, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. With 2017 well underway, we wanted to share some...

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Now accepting investment reservations

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Now accepting investment reservations

It’s hard to believe that nearly two years ago Ryan and I were pitching the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. Back then we were in the midst of engineering the Smart Vent and Keen Home had recently graduated from the prestigious Techstars + R/GA accelerator program. The day we entered the Tank was in many ways our launch party: for the first time millions of people throughout the United States learned about our company and our innovative product. Robert Herjavec saw the potential in what we were building and came along for the ride to help us grow the company....

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If you build a product in a forest, will anyone see it?

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If you build a product in a forest, will anyone see it?

The Forest of Lost Products, courtesy of pixabay In the past, we have shared a lot about what goes on behind the scenes to design, manufacture, deliver, and continually improve our Smart Vent System. But, what good is it to build the perfect product if no one knows it exists? It is becoming easier for startups to get their products in customers’ hands, but e-commerce channels alone rarely move a product from early adopters to mainstream customers. Having a presence in a retail store gives potential customers the opportunity to see and hold your product and is often seen as a mark...

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Welcome to Our House

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Welcome to Our House

Introduction It goes without saying that great consumer electronics products require extensive testing. In this post, we detail some of the unique product testing we do at Keen Home and dive into our use of an entire test home. To start, it’s helpful to discuss the basic forms of product design testing a team can undertake along with their limitations. It’s helpful to frame this discussion around the following framework: The scope of this blog post does not include the meaty topics of manufacturing (production) testing and the details around software testing paradigms. These are great topics that deserve unique...

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We’re sellouts, but in hardware that’s a good thing

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We’re sellouts, but in hardware that’s a good thing

In April we appeared on Shark Tank for the second time in one year and we were proud to share our progress following our first appearance. Since then our growth in sales and user base has continued unabated and now we find ourselves in a position we knew could happen, but weren’t sure if it would. We anticipate that in two weeks, we will run out of Smart Vent inventory, and we have already sold out of Smart Bridges. We had always dreamed of this sort of reception when we first conceived of this product and are consistently floored by...

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