We’re on a mission to make sharing work for everyone, because we believe sharing – spaces, stories, mutual understanding and respect – is what makes us human.
Minut believes in being good neighbors, wherever we are. We offer products and services for the short term rental market that help guests, hosts and neighbors get along. Easy-to-use, quick to install, and affordable, our products ensure sharing homes is good for everyone, including communities.Minut was founded by four Swedes working in China and San Francisco. Today we are 35 technologists, engineers, inventors and social scientists, from eight nationalities, working across Sweden, the UK and the US.
Minut began with a question: Is it possible to monitor a home, without monitoring the people within it?
It was 2009 when the question struck. Minut cofounder Nils Mattisson was living in the San Francisco Bay Area while working in the exploratory design group at Apple. Airbnb was just getting started, the app landscape was taking hold, and privacy was presumed dead.
The question continued to play on his mind over the coming years. As Airbnb took off and big tech often traded on privacy, it became un-ignorable. In search of answers, Nils joined up with three fellow Swedes, Marcus Ljungblad, Fredrik Ahlberg and Martin Lööf, who shared his passion for technology, privacy and community, and tackling unsolved challenges.After securing a place on Hax’s accelerator programme, they met in person for the first time at the top of a freight elevator in Shenzhen and got to work. The first device and app was built over many sleepless nights, non-stop days, and steaming bowls of hand-pulled noodles. And as a vote of confidence, they raised $238k on Kickstarter in 30 days to get going.
Today, as questions of privacy, trust and sharing become ever more vital, Minut continues to break new ground to become world leaders in privacy safe hosting.
HQ: Baltzarsgatan 23, 211 36 Malmö, Sweden
UK: 1 Old Street Yard, London, EC1Y 8AF
Founders, employees, Almaz Capital, Zenith Capital, Kompass.vc and Verve Ventures.
CEO: Nils Mattisson
“Minut, a Swedish startup that has developed a camera-less home security device that it claims protects privacy better than competitors”
“If you're daunted by the prospect and cost of setting up a home alarm system with multiple sensors on doors and windows, along with cameras and cabling, the Minut could be a far easier solution.”
“If you really don't want to have a camera with a microphone inside your house, you may want to consider the sleek, attractive Minut. It uses a passive infrared motion sensor under a lens to detect living things moving in your house and send alerts to your phone or to your chosen family and friends.”
“It is also a suitable security option for people running short-term rentals — indeed, the company's initial product was an Airbnb monitor.”