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Interview with Tomas Turek from Angee Smart Home Security

Angee Inc.

Angee is an autonomous and reliable way to protect and connect to your home and family from anywhere in the world. Coming home, Angee doubles as a voice-controlled, internet-powered, camera-operating personal assistant. It’s Amazon Echo on steroids.

We wanted to build a first connected product which completely changes the reputation of smart home devices being complicated to install and operate.

The future of connected devices is bright; we work with and integrate the latest technologies to make Angee the most innovative and impressive smart home security product ever. With Angee being autonomous, mostly no human interactions is necessary to secure your home. If interaction is needed its wanted, its convenient and fun.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Tomas Turek, I love sports, technology, neuroscience and many other things. I love to learn, the devil is in the detail. I love talking to people about their lives, listen and try to understand what they really mean. I love to explore how various products and services work and see if the experience could be improved /provide more value.’

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I am always thinking – and burn out once every few weeks and need rest for one to three days.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
Wake up early, meditate 15mins.
Read a book (biography, short story, non-fiction books generally), walk/bike (to work sometimes).
In the morning work on strategic things / priority list / filter what to delegate and eliminate.
In the afternoon I am meeting people – internal, external.

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Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
I am always thinking – and burn out once every few weeks and need rest for one to three days.
How did you come up with the idea for your product and what made you “go for it”
Always wanted to build tangible things. The time allows it today for hardware startup to exist. We wanted to solve an important problem, have researched more areas but when we got our hands on security solutions, even the once supposedly more advanced, we saw many ways to improve them – technology has advanced a lot in past couple years. It also seemed that no one has really looked into the experience people have with security systems. The experience was frustrating and we thought it’s within our capability to change that.

What made you decide to go with crowdfunding (or venture capital)?
We went with crowdfunding so that we could avoid venture capital at the early stage. Even more importantly, the community is very important to us. Connecting with our community enables us to make our product even better in the future. Cant wait to give Angee into their hands.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made with your product (financial, emotional, educational) that led to the product we’re experiencing today?
Starting to build the second functional prototype “from scratch” (with all the lessons we have learned building the first functional prototype).

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Where do you see your company or your company’s focus in 1-2 years?
Home Security, Smart Home. we have many ideas, much expertise. We are flexible build products and services that will be needed.
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?
Listen to your gut more often.

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Prepare, sleep, stop and breath, move fast but have a plan and be flexible about changing it.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and work and why?
My father, hard worker, entrepreneur. My father has build several IT companies, have had many great developers and stayed with them for many many years and projects. He is a great business man and a team leader.
Any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on how to facilitate a successful financing campaign?
Prepare, sleep, stop and breath, move fast but have a plan and be flexible about changing it.
What do you see as the biggest advancement in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
Wireless technologies, energy harvesting, processor computing power / efficiency, cloud computing.
What do you see as the biggest risk in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
People misunderstanding technology

Thank you for your time Tomas!

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If you’d like to support Tomas Turek and the Angee, check out meetangee.com, their Kickstarter campaign and follow them on: FacebookTwitter

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