Stanford Student Raised Nearly $700K on Kickstarter

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CANDY HOUSE Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign for Sesame - the world's first instant smart lock - on Feb. 25, 2015. Sesame has now raised nearly $700,000 in crowdfunding and has more than 4,000 backers.

There has got to be smarter ways to live our lives. And the answer is Sesame.

A Stanford student has raised nearly $700,000 for his product, Sesame - the world's first instant smart lock. The campaign launched on Feb. 25, 2015.

Jerming Gu, founder of CANDY HOUSE Inc., is a mechanical engineering master candidate from Stanford University, someone who thinks outside of the box. Disruptor, troublemaker, entrepreneur, he calls himself.

“My grades are the worst in the class,” Gu joked. “But I don’t care because getting an A or B is not how I measure success.”

Gu started CANDY HOUSE with another Stanford computer science master, Jongho Shin, in the summer of 2014. Their company designs and manufactures products that inspire a minimal yet joyful lifestyle.

Originally from Taiwan, Gu got the idea for the smart lock product because of his experience living in Asia, where technology is relatively less developed.

“There has got to be smarter ways to live our lives,” Gu said.

Gu said everyone paid cash for everything back in Taiwan, and he only learned about using credit frequently after moving to Silicon Valley to avoid looking like a tourist everywhere he went.

“Credit cards are also disappearing with payment apps on smartphones, and the next thing to disappear in people’s pockets are keys,” said Gu with a touch on his pocket.

Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame app on their smartphones. It is the only smart lock that syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle to which the lock turns.

With five-patented designs, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing the existing lock or removing anything.

CANDY HOUSE also offers an optional access point, which connects Sesame to the Internet when plugged into any nearby outlet. It lets users control Sesame wherever they are.

With Internet connection capability, users can allow guests in remotely. They can also control who has access and when. To ensure safety, the Sesame app also sends out a notification whenever the door opens or closes.


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