Branto with founder Max Yosef Mets, featured

Interview with Konstantin Bogun and Max Yosef Mets from Branto

Branto – Remote Security and Presence Device

Branto is a consumer device that integrates the most common and popular smart home functionality into a simple to use, powerful, future platform.

It is a high-end yet low cost, wireless DIY integrated smart-home device that can act as the hub for all of your smart home devices while providing common and popular functionality; full remote presence:
• 360 degrees/Full HD videocamera, microphones, HQ speakers for talking
• Videoconferencing and videocalls (by using a TV as a monitor),
• Personal and family security, monitoring(video-surveillance, motion detection, sound detection),
• Infrared remote control for TV, air conditioner, media-center,
• Control of smart appliances (ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth),
• Audiostreaming (music, radio, audiobooks).

Bring a smart home in every home!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Konstantin Bogun, Chief marketing officer at Branto. Concepter, strategist, marketer.
I am Max Yosef Mets, founder of Branto.

Max Yosef Mets, founder of branto

a really well-equipped system of a “smart home” will cost you about $50K

Additional Reading: Nest Automation: Google’s Plan for Your Smart Home

What does a typical day in your life look like?
Team “brain-storm”, correspondence, tea-break, Skype negotiations, correspondence, tea-break, Skype negotiations, read tech news.

Branto

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
I like to write stories.
How did you come up with the idea for your product and what made you “go for it”

The founder Max Y. Mets came up with the idea of Branto.

Max Yosef Mets (founder): “I wanted to create a “smart home” system. I knew it was cool and very comfortable. First of all, I tried to find all the local firms that offer such solutions on the Internet. I personally walked in and talked with their management. As it turned out, a really well-equipped system of a “smart home” will cost you about $50K. This amount seemed “exorbitant” for such a solution. I decided to make my own personal system, affordable to everyone.”

What made you decide to go with crowdfunding (or venture capital)?
Any idea, even the most brilliant one, requires testing on the customers.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made with your product (financial, emotional, educational) that led to the product we’re experiencing today?
Adding in the rotatable 360 degrees camera.
bronto infographic, security , remote presence, smart home

via Indiegogo

Where do you see your company or your company’s focus in 1-2 years?
Capitalising on the success, bulk sale, in part of business acvievements.
Our next tech steps: speech recognition feature, face and body recognition, artificial intelligence features.
If you could time travel back to day one of your start­up and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heartache, what would you tell yourself?
The main capital of any startup are its people, be scrupulous in their selection.

Max Yosef Mets, founder of branto

Any idea, even the most brilliant one, requires testing on the customers.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and work and why?
Ayn Rand. I like her vision and ideas.
Any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on how to facilitate a successful financing campaign?
Like in a real family, love. You need to find someone with whom you could move on in business, hand in hand.
What do you see as the biggest advancement in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
Artificial intelligence. And the most dangerous achievement for people it will be.
What do you see as the biggest risk in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
Today is not only the time of great opportunities, but a lot of competition in the “smart home” niche as well. We understand it and speed our horses.

Thank you for your time Konstantin and Max!

Wrapping it up

If you’d like to support Konstantin, Max Yosef and the Branto, check out branto.co, the Indiegogo campaign and follow them on:
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