Good Night Lamp receives funding from leading technology entrepreneurs Blaine Cook and Usman Haque.

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  • September 11, 2012

We’re very happy to announce that Good Night Lamp has secured early-stage financing from 2 great thought leaders in the areas of data and the internet of things.

The investors are Blaine Cook and Usman Haque. Their enthusiasm for the Good Night Lamp in its early stages and now by joining as strategic investors is unwavering. Blaine and Usman have real experience of building businesses from the ground up and defining emerging opportunities which Good Night Lamp’s team can learn from. Their sensibility to design, technology and business will be an incredible asset.

Blaine Cook said: “Alex is easily one of the most experienced and hard-working people in the IoT space. With Good Night Lamp, she has created a product that brings deeply meaningful communication to everyone’s bedside table. As the internet extends to more and more places in our lives, I’m delighted to support Alex in her efforts to make that progression beautiful and humane..”

Usman Haque adds: “Good Night Lamp is exactly the kind of product i want to see come out of IoT innovation: one that helps forge and support relations between people and their places.”

*What is the Good Night Lamp?*

A family of internet-connected lamps, it’s comprised of a Big Lamp and a network number of Little Lamps wirelessly connected to it. A Big Lamp, when turned on, triggers the Little Lamps around the world to switch on too.

This shared experience is unique and personal depending on the location of the Big Lamp. Someone using a Big Lamp at work can share with their family when they are working and leaving the office. Someone with a Big Lamp on their bedside table might share with their parents that they are off to bed in another country, on another timezone. Someone with a Big Lamp in the hallway will share if they’re around or not to classmates who might want to drop by.

Every Little Lamp given away opens a window into a person’s life. Little Lamps can be collected to form a tangible network of the most valuable relationships around you: a physical social network.

Perfect for young graduates leaving home, business travellers and families that are spread around the globe, Good Night Lamp will launch at CES on January 8th 2013 in Las Vegas.

The Good Night Lamp team includes: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Founder; Adrian McEwen, CTO; John Nussey, Head of Products; and Konstantinos Chalaris, Lead Designer.

*About the Investors*

Blaine Cook: A London-based Canadian sociotechnologist and a hacker dissatisfied by simply building software, his long-term obsession is fostering anarchic networks as a counter-point to the centralised systems that have come to dominate the web over the past decade.
Through numerous collaborations, he has developed protocols and concepts that are forming the basis for many social internet technologies yet to come. His past work as the founding architect of Twitter has seen global adoption both culturally and technologically. He is currently working on a new venture to create beautiful online tools for writers everywhere with his partner, author and poet Maureen Evans.

Usman Haque: Founder of Pachube (now known as Cosm.com ), a real-time data infrastructure and community for the Internet of Things (acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011) he currently leads the Urban Projects Division. He is also director of Haque Design + Research (www.haque.co.uk ). Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), a Wellcome Trust Sciart Award, a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, the Swiss Creation Prize, Belluard Bollwerk International, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.

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