Geekatoo offers network of smart home installers
In yet another case of smart home installation services emerging outside of the CEDIA channel, a company called Geekatoo is offering its installation services to frustrated and reluctant smart home DIYers -- both direct and presumably through mass retailers and what Geekatoo calls "smart home companies."
We all want the quality of life that an August smart lock, Nest thermostat, or one of the hundreds of other smart home companies brings, but many of us don’t have the time or knowledge to install smart home devices ourselves or mess with screwdrivers, Zigby, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi bridges, and making each device play nice with each other.
That’s why Geekatoo today is announcing the launch of its exclusive “Smart Home Installation API.” Leveraging our exclusive network of 7,000 geeks nationwide, in every major city and most rural areas, we can provide any smart home company with an instant nationwide fleet of vetted, highly technical installers. Scheduling thousands of jobs at a time is easy as an API call. For more info, check out geekatoo.com/api.
With the $35B smart home industry doubling to $71B in the next 3 years, Geekatoo can effectively power the entire smart home industry by increasing sales from people who don’t want to install themselves (especially seniors), reducing returns and support calls, increasing 5-star ratings, and help startups answer questions that many smart home investors are asking the companies they evaluate and invest in.
So if you want to REALLY expand your smart home business, you might hook up with these guys. More likely, so might a manufacturer or mass retailer. Geekatoo also goes direct to consumer. But the concept goes against what the CEDIA industry has always offered: expert installation and long-term client relationships. This is more like a Geek Squad for the smart home. As the founder of the company points out in this informative TechCrunch article (from a year ago, it's worth noting), "Tiger Direct, Amazon, Buy.com… We want to go to them and say ‘We’ll be your Geek Squad.'”