Month: September 2014

Bharat Vasan joins August as Chief Operating Officer

Bharat Vasan joins August as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for scaling the company, launching new products to channels, and continuing to accelerate the company’s momentum now that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping.

Over the past two years, August has worked to make the August Smart Lock the most secure, sophisticated and convenient way for consumers to manage access to their homes. Bharat brings highly-relevant experience and leadership to August from the consumer and connected devices space.

Bharat comes to August from Basis (acquired by Intel), where he was instrumental in growing the company from pre-product to post-revenue as COO and co-founder. At Basis, he led teams across product management, design and engineering over its history, most recently heading up sales and marketing.

“Our mission at August has always been to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. That mission starts with the August Smart Lock, but does not end there,” said Jason Johnson, CEO and co-founder of August, “Bharat’s experience in the world of consumer-facing connected devices will be a critical driving force as we deliver the August Smart Lock into the homes of consumers around the country.”

Bharat will be based in San Francisco with his new role at August, effective immediately.

August integrates with Logitech Harmony to expand compatibility with other home automation devices

Today, Logitech announced the Harmony Living Home Lineup, a device integration solution across a library of high-quality entertainment and home automation devices. August believes in partnering with trusted and reliable companies that help fulfill our promise of building home automation experiences that intelligently respond to people’s behavior. Owners of Logitech Harmony products will be able to interact with the August Smart Lock from their living rooms, around the home, or remotely.

For August, the security and safety of our products is our highest priority. In choosing Logitech as a partner we recognized them as a company that understood how important security is for a system such as ours. August has worked very closely with the Logitech team to ensure that interactions between the August Smart Lock and the Harmony products are as secure as they are convenient.

The future is very bright for home automation and connected device ecosystems like Harmony. We are very excited to be a part of this future and will continue to announce ecosystem partnerships as they develop. An August user can always trust that any connected product that works with the August Smart Lock has been thoroughly vetted and adheres to our security and encryption standards. This is our commitment to our customers and to our own families as we use the August Smart Lock to secure the most precious of environments, our homes.