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Keen Home

Making the core systems of the home smarter, starting with the world's first smart home air vent.


About Keen Home

For a homeowner, their home is most often their most valuable asset—it is a place where they have heavily invested both financially and emotionally.

Keen Home develops proactive hardware and software products to protect and enhance a home's core systems. Keen Home aims to make products that provide homeowners with increased comfort, improved efficiency, and a better maintained home.

The company's first product, the Smart Vent System, controls a home's heating and cooling airflow on a room-by-room level, which studies show results in improved comfort and efficiency. The Smart Vent launched in Lowe's Home Centers in November 2015 and began shipping to customers the following month. Keen Home sold out of their first 30,000 units within 10 months of launching, a huge milestone for a startup.

Keen Home believes its software platform will serve as an innovative proactive home health dashboard while offering partners data for lead generation, actuarial insight for risk pricing, and control for peak load management.

Company Mission

Keen Home strives for a future where all homes can take care of their occupants—a future that restores one’s home to a place of peace and sanctuary.

By deploying beautiful, innovative hardware and software products at scale, Keen Home believes it will give its users peace of mind and provide business partners valuable data.

Metrics and Momentum

  • Keen Home has sold over 35,800 Smart Vents and grossed over $2.6M in revenue in the 12 months since launch. 
  • Current distribution in over 500 Lowe's Home Improvement Centers and in 95 Best Buy stores throughout the US.
  • Launched their second product, the Smart Filter, in August 2016. Smart Filters come in four sizes and attach to the Smart Vents a homeowner already has.
  • Recurring revenue program with the Keen Home Smart Filter and Keen Air Care subscription expected to launch early 2017. 
  • Keen Home has strategic partnerships with Google’s Nest and Samsung’s SmartThings.
  • Integration with Ecobee's smart thermostat launching this winter.
  • Keen Home’s co-founders appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in February 2015 and received one of the highest valued offers in the show’s history from Robert Herjavec—who is now an advisor to the company. 
  • Keen Home has raised more than $4.4M in financing from such high profile investors as Techstars Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, R/GA Ventures, and American Family Ventures. 
  • Keen Home believes the dual value propositions of comfort and energy efficiency helps the Smart Vent stand out in the smart home category.
  • Strong repeat purchase behavior: customers often try the product by buying 1-2, then purchases 4-6 more after a few months.

Investor Testimonials

“Keen Home is not a vent company it’s a tech company. I believed in them when I saw them in the Tank, and they have expanded beyond my vision. I am very optimistic about their potential.” - Robert Herjavec

"As an early investor in Keen Home, I was impressed with the team and the vision for the company. Today, I feel they have executed flawlessly which, in my investing experience, rarely happens." - Andrew Mitchell, Brand Foundry Ventures

"A rare instance where I am not sure if I prefer the team or the concept. Both are exceptional." - Russell Rosenblum, RMR Capital

 "As an early investor in Keen Home, I have marveled at their ability to execute and deliver on their promises to customers. The connected device space is full of pretenders, and Keen Home has shown the rare ability to launch a smart product at scale and forge high profile strategic partnerships along the way. I can't wait to see what this team will accomplish in the future!" - Michael Wolf, Blazer Ventures

"An intelligent vent is a great market opportunity with a team that has executed to date means this is a great investment." - Nicole Glaros, Techstars Ventures


Product & Service

Smart Vent

The average U.S. household spends approx. 50% of its energy bill on heating or cooling, or about $2,000 per year. This same household has an average of two to four rooms that are overheated or overcooled at various times throughout the day. Up until now, there has been innovation in thermostat technology, but we believe that is only part of the solution.

The Keen Home Smart Vent regulates a home’s heating/cooling airflow on a room-by-room level, which the company believes results in improved comfort and efficiency. A smarter, cheaper, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to professionally installed zoning systems a Smart Vent System gives users complete control of their home’s airflow.

Over 30,000 Smart Vents have been sold to date and are available for sale at Lowe's and Best Buy. 

Smart Filter 

Human beings consume more air daily than any other substance and chemicals and toxins are easily absorbed through the lungs. In fact, respiratory illness is on the rise in the U.S.; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in every 12 people (some 25 million) has asthma, a 28-percent uptick since 2001. According to the EPA, indoor air is the U.S.’s number-one environmental health problem.

With the launch of the Smart Filter in August 2016, Keen Home brought smart air purification to the most logical location in a home—its air vents. The Smart Filter is specially designed for high airflow and allows room-by-room purification without the noise, cost, and limitations of stand-alone air purifiers.

The Keen Home Smart Filter is built using 3M technology and designed to providing filtration against common household contaminants like pollen, lint, household dust, dust mite debris, and mold spores. The Smart Filter also contains an active carbon layer to remove offensive odors and eliminate common household toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Smart Filter refills “click” into a Smart Vent’s removable faceplate in seconds.

Starting in early 2017 with the launch of Keen Home Air Care, Keen Home will automatically mail Smart Filter refills based on real-time HVAC usage analysis every three to six months. 

Media Mentions

Team Story

Nayeem, Ryan, and Will all grew up in homes with central air. They all suffered from the typical hot and cold spots that many homeowners deal with on a daily basis. In early 2013, Ryan was lying in his bed, with hot air pouring on him from the air vent above his head. He thought how much more comfortable he’d be if he could control the airflow from his phone, which was lying on his bedside table. Ryan brought the idea to Nayeem and Will and all three began running experiments in their homes that winter. They observed that selectively closing certain vents enhanced both comfort and efficiency of a home’s central HVAC system. The Smart Vent was born.

Building a connected device from the ground up was a serious challenge. After some initial exposure at the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, the team was selected to participate in a Techstars accelerator program. Upon completing the program, the team raised $1.62M in seed funding from Techstars Ventures, RMR Capital, Galvanize Ventures, Brand Foundry Ventures, and R/GA Ventures among others. In February 2015, Ryan and Nayeem appeared on the popular ABC show Shark Tank where they shook on one of the largest deals in the show’s history from Robert Herjavec. After the episode aired, the parties decided to pursue an advisory relationship that would bring Robert on board as a key advisor to the company.

Founders and Officers

Will McLeod

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Will McLeod is a Mechanical Engineer/Product Designer who was recently named one of Forbes 30 Under 30. His first startup successfully exited this year - a smart-glass technology company, SmarterShade Inc., which created an affordable technology to make windows tint on command. This patented technology uses simple, existing manufacturing methods and can be produced for a fraction of the cost of existing smart glass technologies.

As Keen Home’s Chief Product Officer, Will leads the company’s product development efforts. Will also drives the company’s IP and grant strategy.

Will has studied entrepreneurship, and optics to supplement his M.S., B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He has been successful in winning more than a dozen business plan competitions, federal and local grants, and other fundraising efforts that have totaled more than $6M in funding.

Nayeem Hussain

Co-Founder & CEO

Nayeem Hussain is a natural leader and entrepreneur with a decade of industry experience. He has spent his career focusing on capital raising, corporate development/strategy, and financial analysis first at Prudential Financial and then at Loral Space & Communications. Nayeem brings his skill set and a strong passion for tech as the CEO of Keen Home. At Keen Home, Nayeem directs firm-wide vision, business development, strategic partnerships, capital raising, and investor relations.

Nayeem has entrepreneurial experience as the founder of N&N Investments LLC, a real estate investment holding company focused on acquiring and renovating distressed properties. Nayeem is also a Program Leader and Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program, a selective global training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators.

An avid sportsman, traveler and investor, Nayeem relishes a challenge and is fueled by his curiosity.

Nayeem holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he was a class leader.

Ryan Fant

Co-Founder & COO

Ryan Fant has new venture experience as a co-founder of a managed service provider of waste solutions along with 4 years consulting Fortune 500 manufacturing and distribution companies. Before co-founding Keen Home, he was an Associate at a boutique investment bank.

As the Co-founder and COO, Ryan is on the front lines of strategic direction at Keen Home. Ryan focuses on managing Keen Home’s supply chain, business development, ramping new distribution channels, and resource management. Additionally, Ryan leverages his operational experience and Six Sigma Black Belt certification to concentrate on production and quality control.

Ryan holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Performance Jazz from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Ryan is a 2016 NYC Venture Fellow.

Will McLeod

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Will McLeod is a Mechanical Engineer/Product Designer who was recently named one of Forbes 30 Under 30. His first startup successfully exited this year - a smart-glass technology company, SmarterShade Inc., which created an affordable technology to make windows tint on command. This patented technology uses simple, existing manufacturing methods and can be produced for a fraction of the cost of existing smart glass technologies.

As Keen Home’s Chief Product Officer, Will leads the company’s product development efforts. Will also drives the company’s IP and grant strategy.

Will has studied entrepreneurship, and optics to supplement his M.S., B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He has been successful in winning more than a dozen business plan competitions, federal and local grants, and other fundraising efforts that have totaled more than $6M in funding.

Nayeem Hussain

Co-Founder & CEO

Nayeem Hussain is a natural leader and entrepreneur with a decade of industry experience. He has spent his career focusing on capital raising, corporate development/strategy, and financial analysis first at Prudential Financial and then at Loral Space & Communications. Nayeem brings his skill set and a strong passion for tech as the CEO of Keen Home. At Keen Home, Nayeem directs firm-wide vision, business development, strategic partnerships, capital raising, and investor relations.

Nayeem has entrepreneurial experience as the founder of N&N Investments LLC, a real estate investment holding company focused on acquiring and renovating distressed properties. Nayeem is also a Program Leader and Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program, a selective global training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators.

An avid sportsman, traveler and investor, Nayeem relishes a challenge and is fueled by his curiosity.

Nayeem holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he was a class leader.

Ryan Fant

Co-Founder & COO

Ryan Fant has new venture experience as a co-founder of a managed service provider of waste solutions along with 4 years consulting Fortune 500 manufacturing and distribution companies. Before co-founding Keen Home, he was an Associate at a boutique investment bank.

As the Co-founder and COO, Ryan is on the front lines of strategic direction at Keen Home. Ryan focuses on managing Keen Home’s supply chain, business development, ramping new distribution channels, and resource management. Additionally, Ryan leverages his operational experience and Six Sigma Black Belt certification to concentrate on production and quality control.

Ryan holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Performance Jazz from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Ryan is a 2016 NYC Venture Fellow.

Key Team Members

Nathan Meryash

Chief Technology Officer

Gregg Altschul

Chief Information Officer

Nate Padgett

Head of Community and Marketing

Mike Cousins

Sr. Product Engineer

Kelly Hill

Design Manager

Daniel Alesi

Sales & Marketing

Notable Advisors & Investors

American Family Ventures

Investor, Venture capital arm of American Family Insurance

RMR Capital

Investor, Early-stage venture fund

Galvanize Ventures

Investor, Early-stage venture capital fund. Early investor in Rachio, PARKiFi, and PureWow

Lowe's Ventures

Investor, Venture capital arm of Lowe's Home Centers

Techstars Ventures

Investor, Early-stage venture capital fund. Early investor in Uber, Twilio, and SendGrid

Brand Foundry Ventures

Investor, Early-stage venture capital fund. Investor in Warby Parker, Harry's, & Peloton

Robert Herjavec

Advisor, Investor, and Star of ABC's Shark Tank

Justin Jarman

Advisor, Co-Founder at Challenged & Youbetme

Micah Kotch

Advisor, Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at NYSERDA

Investor Perks

Minimum Dollar Invested

$5,000 (Bronze) 

  • Keen Home Product Bundle, choice of: Smart Vent Starter Kit, 1 free year of Keen Air Care OR a bundle of Keen Home’s favorite smart home products of comparable value

$10,000 (Silver) 

  • Keen Home Product Bundle, choice of: Smart Vent Whole Home Bundle, 2 free years of Keen Air Care, and 1 Ecobee3 kit OR a bundle of Keen Home’s favorite smart home products of comparable value

$25,000 (Gold) 

  • Keen Home Product Bundle, choice of: Smart Vent Whole Home Bundle, 5 free years of Keen Air Care, and 1 Ecobee3 kit OR a bundle of Keen Home’s favorite smart home products of comparable value

  • Free future faceplate upgrades
  • Ticket to a VIP investor event in Las Vegas hosted by Keen Home and one of the company's largest investors

$50,000 (Platinum) 

  • Keen Home Product Bundle, choice of: Smart Vent Whole Home Bundle, free Keen Air Care for life, and 1 Ecobee3 kit OR a bundle of Keen Home’s favorite smart home products of comparable value

  • Free future faceplate upgrades
  • Ticket to a VIP investor event in Las Vegas hosted by Keen Home and one of the company's largest investors

  • Paid airfare to NYC and an invitation to a brainstorming session and dinner with the Keen Home product team

It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Reg A Offerings
What does it mean that the SEC has qualified this offering?

"The SEC has qualified this offering" means the SEC has permitted Keen Home to offer for sale the securities described in the Offering Circular to investors such as you. The SEC is not judging the merits, accuracy, or completeness of the offering and information in the Offering Circular. Rather, the SEC is merely ensuring Keen Home has met all legal disclosure and regulatory requirements necessary to make these shares available to you.


Making an Investment in Keen Home
How does investing work?

When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Keen Home. Once Keen Home accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Keen Home in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Keen Home.


What is the difference between preferred equity and a convertible note?

Preferred equity is usually issued to outside investors and carries rights and conditions that are different from that of common stock. For example, preferred equity may include rights that prevent or minimize the effects of dilution or grants special privileges in situations when the company is sold.

A convertible note is a unique form of debt that converts into equity, usually in conjunction with a future financing round. The investor effectively loans money to a startup with the expectation that they will receive equity in the company in the future at a discounted price per share when the company raises its next round of financing.

To learn more about startup investment types check out “How to Choose a Startup Investment” in our academy.


What will I need to complete my investment?

To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:

  1. Personal information such as your current address and phone number
  2. Employment and employer information
  3. Net worth and income information
  4. Social Security Number or government-issued identification
  5. ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)

What if I change my mind about investing?

Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.


After My Investment
How can I sell my shares in the future?

Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now Keen Home does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Keen Home may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Keen Home either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.


How do I keep track of this investment?

You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement.


Other General Questions
What is this page about?

This is Keen Home's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. You will also find a copy of the Keen Home's Offering Circular, which has been qualified by the SEC. The Offering Circular includes important details about Keen Home's fundraise that you should review before investing.


What are the risks of this investment?

This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in Keen Home’s profile and Offering Circular.