Jason Johnson (entrepreneur)

Jason Johnson is an American technology entrepreneur who has co-founded several organizations including August Home, Founders Den, Rethink Books, and BlueSprig.[1][2][3] He also co-founded and chairs the Internet of Things Consortium, a non-profit organization formed by a group of companies in the Internet of things industry. Johnson is CEO of August Home, a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock company he co-founded with Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar, and as managing partner of Founders Den.

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson
EducationPepperdine University
Occupation(s)CEO of August Home and chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium
Known forCo-founding several organizations including August Home, Rethink Books and the Internet of Things Consortium

Early life and education


Johnson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Pepperdine University.[4]



Johnson began his career working for Merisel, a distributor of Apple products.[4][5] He then worked for Tut Systems for a year before founding his first company Interquest in 1997.[4] Before its acquisition by Darwin Networks, Johnson served as CEO of Interquest,[6][7] a company which installed and operated high speed internet service in many apartment buildings in several U.S. cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.[8] In the late 2000s, he became vice president of marketing and business development of Via Licensing Corp., a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, working on IEEE standards to bring together several patents and establish standard royalty payments for licensing them.[9]

In mid 2010, Johnson co-founded Rethink Books with Jason Illian, Rusty Rueff, and Rick Chatham.[3] They later launched the ebook platform Bookshout in April 2012.[10]

In January 2011, Johnson co-founded Founders Den, an incubator and coworking space for technology entrepreneurs and company founders, with Jonathan Abrams, Zack Bogue and Michael Levit.[7][11] Johnson continues to serve as the managing partner of the company.[12] Later in 2011, he cofounded BlueSprig with Hugo Dong, a software developer in China with whom he mostly communicated through Skype and email.[13][14][15] Together they launched AirCover, a set of apps to secure mobile devices and protect them from viruses and phishing scams.[13]

In 2012, Johnson co-founded August Home with Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar.[16] In January 2013, Johnson announced the formation of the Internet of Things Consortium along with several other companies including Logitech, Ouya, and SmartThings. Johnson also hinted at the formation of his own Internet of things company.[17] August Home came out of stealth-mode in May 2013 and released a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that allows users to control access to their homes through an app.[18] The company later released a smart video doorbell.[19] August Home was acquired in 2017 by the Swedish company Assa Abloy, the world's largest manufacturer of locks. Johnson continues to serve as CEO of August Home.[19][20]


  1. ^ Lynley, Matthew (January 5, 2017). "August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  2. ^ Loizos, Connie (December 12, 2016). "In Founders Den, a private club that relies on the power of persuasion". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  3. ^ a b "Startup Rethink Books lands $2 million financing". Dallas News. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  4. ^ a b c "Jason Johnson– A Serial Entrepreneur". Finding God in Silicon Valley. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  5. ^ Yarow, Jay (October 30, 2013). "The End of House Keys: The August Smart Lock Wants To Make It So You'll Never Get Locked Out Of Your Home Again". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  6. ^ Boyd, E. B. (2011-12-22). "Blue Sprig: A Silicon Valley Startup … In China". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  7. ^ a b Hoge, Patrick (December 15, 2011). "BlueSprig raises $10 million". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  8. ^ "High-tech connections in apartments becoming more common". Statesman Journal. 2000-01-15. p. 1D. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Clark, Don (2008-12-09). "Firms Aim to Ease Patent Risks for Linux Users". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  10. ^ Cordón-García, José-Antonio; Alonso-Arévalo, Julio; Gómez-Díaz, Raquel; Linder, Daniel (2013-10-31). Social Reading: Platforms, Applications, Clouds and Tags. Elsevier. ISBN 978-1-78063-392-3.
  11. ^ Lee, Ellen (2011-01-12). "Founders Den a new spot for startups". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  12. ^ Huffman, Jennifer (October 17, 2019). "Biz Buzz: Johnson elected to Land Trust board of trustees". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  13. ^ a b Dickinson, Boonsri (December 15, 2011). "This Entrepreneur Just Raised A $10 Million Round -- And His Cofounder Lives On A Different Continent". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  14. ^ Stillman, Jessica (January 5, 2012). "An Intercontinental Startup Across 16 Time Zones". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  15. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (March 5, 2012). "With $10 Million In Funding, All-In-One Security App AirCover Launches On Android, iOS". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  16. ^ Evangelista, Benny (2017-10-19). "Smart-lock startup August Home bought by Yale lock-maker owner". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  17. ^ Ha, Anthony (January 7, 2013). "Ten Companies (Including Logitech) Team Up To Create The Internet Of Things Consortium". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  18. ^ Patel, Nilay (2013-05-29). "August smart lock designed by Yves Behar makes opening the door a social experience". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  19. ^ a b Price, Emily (April 9, 2019). "August's New Privacy-Minded Doorbell Tolls for Amazon and Google". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  20. ^ Brown, Rich (January 12, 2018). "In-home delivery is coming to every major retailer. Blame August Home CEO Jason Johnson". CNET. Retrieved 2019-12-27.