Sean Grundy, Bevi’s co-founder and C.E.O., who is thirty-four, wandered into the party, wearing a blue-and-white gingham shirt. He grabbed a compostable plastic cup with the beginnings of a soda-water mojito. Grundy and his fellow co-founders, Eliza Becton and Frank Lee, teamed up in 2013, while Grundy was studying at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He had just quit his job at an environmental-conservation group, and Becton, a mechanical engineer turned designer, was passionate about replacing disposable water bottles. The trio created a Bevi prototype and parked it at a gym in Somerville, Massachusetts.
About three years ago, Boston-based startup Bevi launched its tech-enabled take on the traditional water cooler by installing an initial batch of about a dozen of its machines at local offices. Since then, the company says around 1,000 of the Internet-connected beverage kiosks have been deployed in the offices of approximately 370 companies, including Apple, AT&T, Fidelity, GE, and Netflix.
When we were close to launching Luna in early 2015 we knew that our brand would be an important part of reaching our early customers. We have a complex product that is ahead of the curve of innovation in sleep technology, so we needed a friendly name that would be easy for the public to understand, remember, and grow to love.
We launched Luna at the end of January 2015, and saw great success among our early backers.
Smart mattress covers, RNA diagnostics, and photosynthetic grow lights were among the big ideas that shone brightest on stage at Demo Day 1 for Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 batch. Fifty startups presented on the record, including a massive influx of hardware companies and biotech firms. You can read about all of them here.
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