August Lock

August builds products that make life simpler, allowing physical environments to seamlessly respond to user behavior. August’s flagship product, the August Smart Lock, is a new home access system that allows you to use smartphones in place of traditional keys. Founded by famed designer Yves Behar and consumer technology veteran Jason Johnson and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.



about the company

Founders

Jason Johnson is a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur with nearly twenty years of technology expertise. He is currently the CEO of August. Jason is also a managing partner of startup incubator Founders Den and the chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium. Jason co-founded mobile security software company AirCover (acquired by M Dream, HK:8100). Previously he was vice president of Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB), vice president of Global IP Solutions (acquired by Google) and was the co-founder and CEO of InterQuest (acquired by Darwin Networks). Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Pepperdine University and currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife and son.

Yves Béhar is a design entrepreneur who believes that holistic product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, an integrated design and branding firm he established in 1999. Béhar is also the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone, winner of a 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade Award, and the co-founder of August, the next generation home entry system. Renowned designer Yves Behar brings more than twenty years of product design, branding, user experience and communications work to August. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, a design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also chief creative officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the creative co-founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform. In addition, he is currently the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine. His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.

August Lock in the press

July 27, 2017

August Home raises another $25 million as it expands service partnerships for its smart locks

When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. The service has already made some headway in the rental market, counting Airbnb and vacation rental site HomeAway among its major partners. The smart lock makes a lot of sense for those offerings, giving home owners and landlords the ability to generate temporary access codes remotely, for short stays. Along with familiar investment groups like Bessemer Venture and Liberty Mutual are Comcast Ventures and Australian utility company, AGL. But while it remains top dog in the smart lock space, it’s smart to explore these partnerships early on.

May 3, 2017

Freddie Highmore: 'staying in London and avoiding social media has kept me grounded'

Former child star Freddie Highmore has said that staying in London and avoiding social media has helped him stay grounded. He went on to appear in films including A Good Year and August Rush before taking a break from acting to concentrate on his studies. Highmore credited his “parents, friends, being lucky and living in London” for why he didn’t go off the rails and down the clichéd child star route. “I guess I stayed off the social media and stuff like that,” he said. “Not that you don’t appreciate people who like the work that you’ve been doing and the things that you’re in.

Jan. 9, 2017

August’s CEO on lock hacking and releasing hardware before it’s ready

“That’s five products shipped within 24 months,” explained CEO Jason Johnson during an on stage interview with TechCrunch earlier today. “Oh,” the exec added candidly, “it’s absolutely too fast.”He pulled a device from his jacket pocket to better illustrate the point. “I’ll confess that we shipped this doorbell camera in 2016 and it wasn’t ready. That’s what happens when you go too fast.”Even today the CEO found himself responding directly to consumer complaints on Twitter. Johnson explained that Jmaxxz shared the information directly with August.

Jan. 5, 2017

August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

August Home — which makes an internet-connected smart lock — already works for most door locks you’d typically find in the U.S. But it hasn’t had a product yet for a different style of lock called the Mortise lock just yet. So August — which, for now, ships in the U.S. — is launching a new smart lock that cooperates with Mortise locks. The kit is available for $100 in addition to the standard $229 standard price for the August Smart Lock. Johnson said, for example, the August Smart Lock can’t be opened with Amazon’s voice interface Alexa, though it can be closed.

Sept. 27, 2016

Amazon could be working on in-home package deliveries

Amazon’s delivery prowess is impressive; just today, it announced free Prime same-day delivery for my home city of Toronto, and the speed and consistency with which they hit their deadlines is astounding. The news comes from a report at The Information, which highlights two companies working with retailers on technology that would allow delivery people temporary access when they’re making deliveries. The companies are August, which makes connected locks that you can control from your smartphone, and Garageio, a startup that builds connected garage door openers. Already, Amazon has been experimenting with delivery to the trunk of a car, which indicates it’s interested in how connected access can provided safe-drop locations for shipments. Inside the front door or just inside the garage does seem like a logical next step.

Jan. 7, 2015

August Launches A $50 WiFi Bridge Called August Connect To Open Its Smart Lock To Other Developers

But now it’s launching a new device, called August Connect, that will connect its smart lock to the Internet and open up a ton of new features for users. August Connect is essentially a $50 WiFi bridge for the smart lock, connecting to the device being Bluetooth and then relaying signals to the cloud over the home’s WiFi network. By providing a constant Internet connection to the device, Connect “unlocks” a whole bunch of new features. With the launch of August Connect, the company hopes to gives users more ways to interact with the smart lock they already own. The device plugs directly into an outlet near the smart lock and can be connected to WiFi via the August mobile app.

Oct. 14, 2014

August’s Smart Lock Goes On Sale Online And At Apple Retail Stores For $250

After more than a year since it was first announced, the August Smart Lock is finally going on sale. It’s taken a while, but August has worked out all the kinks and lined up distribution to make its smart lock available to consumers. Only one of my other roommates downloaded the app, and the others continued to use the lock on the doorknob. The August Smart Lock didn’t work in my living situation, but that doesn’t mean it would be a bad device for another household, particularly for someone who lives alone or with other enthusiastic early adopters. (The stranger was trying to enter our next-door neighbor’s house and didn’t realize he was at the wrong door.

May 29, 2013

Yves Behar’s August Smart Lock Lets Users Open Doors With A Mobile App

The team claims that the smart lock is the smallest electronic door lock on the market, and they say that it only takes 10 minutes to install. They were searching for a new way to give users access to their homes. Products like the Nest thermostat show how wireless technology and mobile apps to better manage the temperature of your home. Now similar technology is being deployed by a startup called August, which provides a $199 keyless lock system powered by a mobile app. The result is a keyless lock system that hooks onto your existing dead bolt and lets you unlock doors through mobile applications.