Q&A With SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson Following $200m Deal

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By Jordan Crook, TechCrunch

“As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization.

For a few hundred dollars, SmartThings can help pretty much anyone get started building out a smart, connected home, with more than 100,000 different devices (from light switches to door locks to water sensors) and 8,000 different developer apps integrated with the platform.”

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The next Mark Zuckerberg – Alex Hawkinson / SmartThings

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Via CNN Money

“When Alex Hawkinson posted his wireless hub and sensors on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, he struck a chord. He quickly sold more than $1.2 million worth of the devices that let users connect items in their home to their smartphones.

The SmartThings Internet-connected hub, and array of wireless sensors and plugs allow people to control everything from their air conditioning to their doorlocks with their smartphones . Using the SmartThings app with those connected sensors, people can shut of their lights and monitor whether a window or door is open or closed.”

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SmartThings takes the stage at D11

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By Lauren Goode, AllThingsD

“The notion that one’s home appliances could all be connected in some way — and respond with a simple tap, swipe or voice command — was once only a reality for the very wealthy or the very nerdy.

Now, anyone with a Wi-Fi router at home can automate their appliances.

That’s the world according to Alex Hawkinson, the creator of SmartThings. SmartThings sells kits, for just under $200, that include a basic router and small adhesive sensors that attach to various objects in your home and, ultimately, connect to your Wi-Fi network. You then control those appliances with the SmartThings iPhone app.”

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Welcome to the programmable world

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By Bill Wasik, Wired

“In our houses, cars, and factories, we’re surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Now they are beginning to talk to one another. Soon we’ll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, even save our lives.

On a 5-acre plot in Great Falls, Virginia, less than a mile’s stroll through ex­urban scrub from the wide Potomac River, Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into a lifeless object. He has given his house, a sprawling six-bedroom Tudor, what you might describe as a nervous system: a network linking together the home’s very sinews, its walls and ceilings and windows and doors. He has made these parts move, let them coalesce as a bodily whole, by giving them a way to talk among themselves. Open a telnet session in the house’s digital hub and you can actually spy on his chattering stuff, hear what it says when no one’s listening.”

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TC Cribs: SmartThings Gambles On The Connected Home In Vegas

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SmartThings doesn’t just come to Vegas and set up a boring old booth. These guys rented out a palatial villa just outside of downtown, both for the practical purposes of giving themselves a place to crash, and also to give them an easy way to show off their product and platform for building a whole home “open physical graph.”

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SmartThings crosses half a million mark and gets cozy with Instacube

SmartThings and Instacube are in loveMinneapolis’ meteoric Kickstarter campaign SmartThings announced today a melding of mind and design with the California hipsters at Instacube.

When we last checked-in with SmartThings, they had raised over $250k in under 5 days ;) using the socially popular crowdfunding platform.  That figure has now more than doubled in two weeks time, as 3,018 backers from around the world have pledged $585k — with 16 days to go towards the ultimate target of $1m.

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SmartThings launches $250k Kickstarter campaign

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SmartThings KickstarterMinnesota’s most ambitious Kickstarter campaign yet has launched today with the intention of crowd sourcing a quarter million in cash to “make the world a smarter place,” through an ‘Internet of things’ hardware + software platform play.

SmartThings, as it’s known, is now ready to take your money ($10 to $10k) and “Add intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome,” says co founder Ben Edwards.

If awesome implies enabling anyone to remotely monitor, control and automate various aspects of their physical and digital lives in novel ways through the emergence of a new, globally recognized Minnesota startup, then yes — awesome indeed.

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