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Bespoke Post raises $8M to deliver a monthly ‘box of awesome’ for men

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Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you’re not just limited to one type of products — it ships its customer “box of awesome” that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely.

Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu explained that the goal is to curate “the best products for the modern man.” And Bespoke Post’s selections usually come from artisanal brands — the kind of thing you wouldn’t find on most store shelves, or even on Amazon.

Not that the startup is throwing a grab bag of products together and shipping it out to all its members. Instead, Prabhu said his team creates between 10 and 20 boxes each month, then recommends different boxes to different members based on their interests. For example, the current lineup includes a box of cocktail making supplies, a box of socks and more.

Bespoke Post members get a new box suggestion every month, but there’s no obligation to buy anything. And while the boxes cost $45, Prabhu said the products inside always have a retail value “north of $70.”

The startup is announcing that it has raised a $8 million in funding, most recently in a $6 million Series A. Investors include Walden Venture Capital, Scout Ventures and Kiwi Venture Partners.

Bespoke Post actually launched back in 2012, but Prabhu said the company was “really lean” and “slightly under the radar,” so it was able to grow to a team of nearly 40 people, with more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before raising a Series A.

Prabhu also mentioned that 93 percent of those subscribers are men — women are welcome to subscribe, but he sees that number as a good sign.

“We’ve somehow figured out that key male demographic,” he said.

Next up: More hiring, more products and more partnerships.

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Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you’re not just limited to one type of products — it ships its customer “box of awesome” that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely.

Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu explained that the goal is to curate “the best products for the modern man.” And Bespoke Post’s selections usually come from artisanal brands — the kind of thing you wouldn’t find on most store shelves, or even on Amazon.

Not that the startup is throwing a grab bag of products together and shipping it out to all its members. Instead, Prabhu said his team creates between 10 and 20 boxes each month, then recommends different boxes to different members based on their interests. For example, the current lineup includes a box of cocktail making supplies, a box of socks and more.

Bespoke Post members get a new box suggestion every month, but there’s no obligation to buy anything. And while the boxes cost $45, Prabhu said the products inside always have a retail value “north of $70.”

The startup is announcing that it has raised a $8 million in funding, most recently in a $6 million Series A. Investors include Walden Venture Capital, Scout Ventures and Kiwi Venture Partners.

Bespoke Post actually launched back in 2012, but Prabhu said the company was “really lean” and “slightly under the radar,” so it was able to grow to a team of nearly 40 people, with more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before raising a Series A.

Prabhu also mentioned that 93 percent of those subscribers are men — women are welcome to subscribe, but he sees that number as a good sign.

“We’ve somehow figured out that key male demographic,” he said.

Next up: More hiring, more products and more partnerships.

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Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you’re not just limited to one type of products — it ships its customer “box of awesome” that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely.

Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu explained that the goal is to curate “the best products for the modern man.” And Bespoke Post’s selections usually come from artisanal brands — the kind of thing you wouldn’t find on most store shelves, or even on Amazon.

Not that the startup is throwing a grab bag of products together and shipping it out to all its members. Instead, Prabhu said his team creates between 10 and 20 boxes each month, then recommends different boxes to different members based on their interests. For example, the current lineup includes a box of cocktail making supplies, a box of socks and more.

Bespoke Post members get a new box suggestion every month, but there’s no obligation to buy anything. And while the boxes cost $45, Prabhu said the products inside always have a retail value “north of $70.”

The startup is announcing that it has raised a $8 million in funding, most recently in a $6 million Series A. Investors include Walden Venture Capital, Scout Ventures and Kiwi Venture Partners.

Bespoke Post actually launched back in 2012, but Prabhu said the company was “really lean” and “slightly under the radar,” so it was able to grow to a team of nearly 40 people, with more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before raising a Series A.

Prabhu also mentioned that 93 percent of those subscribers are men — women are welcome to subscribe, but he sees that number as a good sign.

“We’ve somehow figured out that key male demographic,” he said.

Next up: More hiring, more products and more partnerships.

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Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you’re not just limited to one type of products — it ships its customer “box of awesome” that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely.

Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu explained that the goal is to curate “the best products for the modern man.” And Bespoke Post’s selections usually come from artisanal brands — the kind of thing you wouldn’t find on most store shelves, or even on Amazon.

Not that the startup is throwing a grab bag of products together and shipping it out to all its members. Instead, Prabhu said his team creates between 10 and 20 boxes each month, then recommends different boxes to different members based on their interests. For example, the current lineup includes a box of cocktail making supplies, a box of socks and more.

Bespoke Post members get a new box suggestion every month, but there’s no obligation to buy anything. And while the boxes cost $45, Prabhu said the products inside always have a retail value “north of $70.”

The startup is announcing that it has raised a $8 million in funding, most recently in a $6 million Series A. Investors include Walden Venture Capital, Scout Ventures and Kiwi Venture Partners.

Bespoke Post actually launched back in 2012, but Prabhu said the company was “really lean” and “slightly under the radar,” so it was able to grow to a team of nearly 40 people, with more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before raising a Series A.

Prabhu also mentioned that 93 percent of those subscribers are men — women are welcome to subscribe, but he sees that number as a good sign.

“We’ve somehow figured out that key male demographic,” he said.

Next up: More hiring, more products and more partnerships.

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Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

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The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer.

Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case designed to hold all your Apple (or technically any brand) accessories.

The design was inspired by a bento box, meaning it has a ton of different compartments divided between two different stacking layers so you can fit all your accessories. Each compartment is specially designed to hold things like cables, AirPods, power adapters and even an Apple Pencil.

The case itself has a hard shell and comes in Apple-inspired colors to match your devices, like silver, space grey and rose gold.

The diagram below should give you a good idea of what each layer looks like and how they stack on top of each other.

While it’s designed to be used for both travel and organization at home, it seems a little bulky to be a good travel companion unless you’re taking a really big bag. But that may be personal preference – my girlfriend said she’d definitely travel with it, since she’d “be carrying all the stuff inside anyway”.

You can also take out a layer if you want to make it temporarily less bulky. Personally I’d keep it at home right on my desk to replace my messy cable drawer. The silver color matches perfectly with an iMac, making it a great desktop companion.

One downside – the layers don’t “lock”, so the only way to keep the whole thing from falling apart is a rubber-band like silicon strap that wraps around the whole thing to keep it closed. Again, not really an issue if you’re keeping it on your desk, but a hassle if you’re traveling with it and need to keep putting on and taking off the silicon trap.

The device was created by Function 101, a new startup design firm focused on consumer accessories. They’re launching Bento Stack on Indiegogo today, with a final retail price of $50 and discounts for early orders.

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The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer.

Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case designed to hold all your Apple (or technically any brand) accessories.

The design was inspired by a bento box, meaning it has a ton of different compartments divided between two different stacking layers so you can fit all your accessories. Each compartment is specially designed to hold things like cables, AirPods, power adapters and even an Apple Pencil.

The case itself has a hard shell and comes in Apple-inspired colors to match your devices, like silver, space grey and rose gold.

The diagram below should give you a good idea of what each layer looks like and how they stack on top of each other.

While it’s designed to be used for both travel and organization at home, it seems a little bulky to be a good travel companion unless you’re taking a really big bag. But that may be personal preference – my girlfriend said she’d definitely travel with it, since she’d “be carrying all the stuff inside anyway”.

You can also take out a layer if you want to make it temporarily less bulky. Personally I’d keep it at home right on my desk to replace my messy cable drawer. The silver color matches perfectly with an iMac, making it a great desktop companion.

One downside – the layers don’t “lock”, so the only way to keep the whole thing from falling apart is a rubber-band like silicon strap that wraps around the whole thing to keep it closed. Again, not really an issue if you’re keeping it on your desk, but a hassle if you’re traveling with it and need to keep putting on and taking off the silicon trap.

The device was created by Function 101, a new startup design firm focused on consumer accessories. They’re launching Bento Stack on Indiegogo today, with a final retail price of $50 and discounts for early orders.

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The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer.

Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case designed to hold all your Apple (or technically any brand) accessories.

The design was inspired by a bento box, meaning it has a ton of different compartments divided between two different stacking layers so you can fit all your accessories. Each compartment is specially designed to hold things like cables, AirPods, power adapters and even an Apple Pencil.

The case itself has a hard shell and comes in Apple-inspired colors to match your devices, like silver, space grey and rose gold.

The diagram below should give you a good idea of what each layer looks like and how they stack on top of each other.

While it’s designed to be used for both travel and organization at home, it seems a little bulky to be a good travel companion unless you’re taking a really big bag. But that may be personal preference – my girlfriend said she’d definitely travel with it, since she’d “be carrying all the stuff inside anyway”.

You can also take out a layer if you want to make it temporarily less bulky. Personally I’d keep it at home right on my desk to replace my messy cable drawer. The silver color matches perfectly with an iMac, making it a great desktop companion.

One downside – the layers don’t “lock”, so the only way to keep the whole thing from falling apart is a rubber-band like silicon strap that wraps around the whole thing to keep it closed. Again, not really an issue if you’re keeping it on your desk, but a hassle if you’re traveling with it and need to keep putting on and taking off the silicon trap.

The device was created by Function 101, a new startup design firm focused on consumer accessories. They’re launching Bento Stack on Indiegogo today, with a final retail price of $50 and discounts for early orders.

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The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer.

Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case designed to hold all your Apple (or technically any brand) accessories.

The design was inspired by a bento box, meaning it has a ton of different compartments divided between two different stacking layers so you can fit all your accessories. Each compartment is specially designed to hold things like cables, AirPods, power adapters and even an Apple Pencil.

The case itself has a hard shell and comes in Apple-inspired colors to match your devices, like silver, space grey and rose gold.

The diagram below should give you a good idea of what each layer looks like and how they stack on top of each other.

While it’s designed to be used for both travel and organization at home, it seems a little bulky to be a good travel companion unless you’re taking a really big bag. But that may be personal preference – my girlfriend said she’d definitely travel with it, since she’d “be carrying all the stuff inside anyway”.

You can also take out a layer if you want to make it temporarily less bulky. Personally I’d keep it at home right on my desk to replace my messy cable drawer. The silver color matches perfectly with an iMac, making it a great desktop companion.

One downside – the layers don’t “lock”, so the only way to keep the whole thing from falling apart is a rubber-band like silicon strap that wraps around the whole thing to keep it closed. Again, not really an issue if you’re keeping it on your desk, but a hassle if you’re traveling with it and need to keep putting on and taking off the silicon trap.

The device was created by Function 101, a new startup design firm focused on consumer accessories. They’re launching Bento Stack on Indiegogo today, with a final retail price of $50 and discounts for early orders.

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BuddyGuard raises €3.4M for its home security camera powered by AI

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BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device. Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe.

Originally funded via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, BuddyGuard’s first product broadly competes with other connected security cameras, such as Google Nest Cam or Netgear’s Arlo, but is positioned as a more intelligent offering. The device uses AI to recognise faces and suspect sounds so that it can proactively alert a home owner of intruders without the need for them to proactively monitor the camera’s audio-visual feed.

“Camera solutions are usually nothing more but a camera with a motion sensor, triggering an endless stream of notifications on the user’s phone. This simply isn’t good enough for securing your home,” BuddyGuard co-founder and CEO Herbert Hellemann tells me.

“Flare is a complete solution that you can take with you when you move, and it protects your home all by itself by making informed decisions based on everything it sees and hears”.

Designed to be placed inside the home, near to the main entrance point, the BuddyGuard Flare consists of a 130 degree, wide angle, 1080p HD camera, and includes a privacy shutter which closes after household members arrive home.

Also key to its privacy stance, explains Hellemann, is that the BuddyGuard facial and audio recognition software runs on the device itself rather than the cloud, meaning that video footage can be processed locally for AI purposes and is only ever transmitted once an intruder is detected.

“What sets us apart is that Flare can recognise and categorise potentially dangerous situations, and then decide on its own whether to notify you or our partner through the Alarm Monitoring Centre,” adds the BuddyGuard CEO.

“Flare can differentiate normal sounds from suspicious noises using advanced sound recognition software, unlike Arlo or Nest Cam. Our camera protects your privacy and it will even stay online during a power outage, thanks to its battery and 4G LTE back-up”.

Meanwhile, I’m told that the BuddyGuard Flare is already on sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, and will launch in North America next year. “With this investment, we look forward to bringing Flare to the mass market across Europe and North America in 2018,” says Hellemann.

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BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device. Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe.

Originally funded via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, BuddyGuard’s first product broadly competes with other connected security cameras, such as Google Nest Cam or Netgear’s Arlo, but is positioned as a more intelligent offering. The device uses AI to recognise faces and suspect sounds so that it can proactively alert a home owner of intruders without the need for them to proactively monitor the camera’s audio-visual feed.

“Camera solutions are usually nothing more but a camera with a motion sensor, triggering an endless stream of notifications on the user’s phone. This simply isn’t good enough for securing your home,” BuddyGuard co-founder and CEO Herbert Hellemann tells me.

“Flare is a complete solution that you can take with you when you move, and it protects your home all by itself by making informed decisions based on everything it sees and hears”.

Designed to be placed inside the home, near to the main entrance point, the BuddyGuard Flare consists of a 130 degree, wide angle, 1080p HD camera, and includes a privacy shutter which closes after household members arrive home.

Also key to its privacy stance, explains Hellemann, is that the BuddyGuard facial and audio recognition software runs on the device itself rather than the cloud, meaning that video footage can be processed locally for AI purposes and is only ever transmitted once an intruder is detected.

“What sets us apart is that Flare can recognise and categorise potentially dangerous situations, and then decide on its own whether to notify you or our partner through the Alarm Monitoring Centre,” adds the BuddyGuard CEO.

“Flare can differentiate normal sounds from suspicious noises using advanced sound recognition software, unlike Arlo or Nest Cam. Our camera protects your privacy and it will even stay online during a power outage, thanks to its battery and 4G LTE back-up”.

Meanwhile, I’m told that the BuddyGuard Flare is already on sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, and will launch in North America next year. “With this investment, we look forward to bringing Flare to the mass market across Europe and North America in 2018,” says Hellemann.

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BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device. Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe.

Originally funded via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, BuddyGuard’s first product broadly competes with other connected security cameras, such as Google Nest Cam or Netgear’s Arlo, but is positioned as a more intelligent offering. The device uses AI to recognise faces and suspect sounds so that it can proactively alert a home owner of intruders without the need for them to proactively monitor the camera’s audio-visual feed.

“Camera solutions are usually nothing more but a camera with a motion sensor, triggering an endless stream of notifications on the user’s phone. This simply isn’t good enough for securing your home,” BuddyGuard co-founder and CEO Herbert Hellemann tells me.

“Flare is a complete solution that you can take with you when you move, and it protects your home all by itself by making informed decisions based on everything it sees and hears”.

Designed to be placed inside the home, near to the main entrance point, the BuddyGuard Flare consists of a 130 degree, wide angle, 1080p HD camera, and includes a privacy shutter which closes after household members arrive home.

Also key to its privacy stance, explains Hellemann, is that the BuddyGuard facial and audio recognition software runs on the device itself rather than the cloud, meaning that video footage can be processed locally for AI purposes and is only ever transmitted once an intruder is detected.

“What sets us apart is that Flare can recognise and categorise potentially dangerous situations, and then decide on its own whether to notify you or our partner through the Alarm Monitoring Centre,” adds the BuddyGuard CEO.

“Flare can differentiate normal sounds from suspicious noises using advanced sound recognition software, unlike Arlo or Nest Cam. Our camera protects your privacy and it will even stay online during a power outage, thanks to its battery and 4G LTE back-up”.

Meanwhile, I’m told that the BuddyGuard Flare is already on sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, and will launch in North America next year. “With this investment, we look forward to bringing Flare to the mass market across Europe and North America in 2018,” says Hellemann.

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BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device. Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe.

Originally funded via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, BuddyGuard’s first product broadly competes with other connected security cameras, such as Google Nest Cam or Netgear’s Arlo, but is positioned as a more intelligent offering. The device uses AI to recognise faces and suspect sounds so that it can proactively alert a home owner of intruders without the need for them to proactively monitor the camera’s audio-visual feed.

“Camera solutions are usually nothing more but a camera with a motion sensor, triggering an endless stream of notifications on the user’s phone. This simply isn’t good enough for securing your home,” BuddyGuard co-founder and CEO Herbert Hellemann tells me.

“Flare is a complete solution that you can take with you when you move, and it protects your home all by itself by making informed decisions based on everything it sees and hears”.

Designed to be placed inside the home, near to the main entrance point, the BuddyGuard Flare consists of a 130 degree, wide angle, 1080p HD camera, and includes a privacy shutter which closes after household members arrive home.

Also key to its privacy stance, explains Hellemann, is that the BuddyGuard facial and audio recognition software runs on the device itself rather than the cloud, meaning that video footage can be processed locally for AI purposes and is only ever transmitted once an intruder is detected.

“What sets us apart is that Flare can recognise and categorise potentially dangerous situations, and then decide on its own whether to notify you or our partner through the Alarm Monitoring Centre,” adds the BuddyGuard CEO.

“Flare can differentiate normal sounds from suspicious noises using advanced sound recognition software, unlike Arlo or Nest Cam. Our camera protects your privacy and it will even stay online during a power outage, thanks to its battery and 4G LTE back-up”.

Meanwhile, I’m told that the BuddyGuard Flare is already on sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, and will launch in North America next year. “With this investment, we look forward to bringing Flare to the mass market across Europe and North America in 2018,” says Hellemann.

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