Summary:

We’ve got connected locks, so it’s no wonder there’s a connected doorbell or two out there. In this week’s podcast we chat with the inventor of the DoorBot to learn about smart homes and retail.

JamesSiminoff

Hot on the heels of being included as a connected device in Staples’ mass market internet of things push, DoorBot has started shipping the first orders of its connected doorbell. The $200 doorbell allows you to see who’s at the door from your smart phone and also lets you speak with them. In this week’s podcast Jamie Siminoff, the inventor of DoorBot explains what keeps him up at night as the shipments go out, as well as how he’s thinking of selling his device.

We discuss retail strategies, when home builders might pop connected devices into their home packages and the challenges of designing only one product when aiming for the mass market. I also offer up a disgusting cautionary tale that shows why doors and locks need to enter the digital age. Listen up.

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Show notes:
Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Jamie Siminoff the inventor of DoorBot

  • What keeps a hardware guy up at night.
  • How do you go from Kickstarter to selling in Staples (or even Best Buy)?
  • How do you build a connected device for the mass market, when everyone’s home is so different?

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