Vivint

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Vivint, Inc.
Private
Industry Security systems, fire detection, home automation, photovoltaics
Founded 1997 (as APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc.)
Founder Todd Pedersen,
Keith Nellesen
Headquarters Provo, Utah
Key people
Todd Pedersen, CEO,
Alex Dunn, president
Number of employees
11,000
Website www.vivint.com

Vivint, Inc. (known as Vivint Smart Home) is a private smart home services provider in the United States and Canada.[1][2][3] It was founded by Keith Nellesen and Todd Pedersen in 1999.

In 2012, The Blackstone Group acquired Vivint for more than $2 billion.[4][5] As of March 2018, Vivint had over 1.3 million customers in the U.S. and Canada.[6][7] It was listed among Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2017.[8][9]

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

In 1999, Keith Nellesen and Todd Pedersen co-founded APX Alarm Security Solutions in Provo, Utah.[10][11] At the time, the company sold and installed security systems.[10] Vivint began retaining customers in 2006 after it became a home monitoring provider.[10] The company expanded its service to Canada that year after signing a $75 million credit facility agreement with Goldman Sachs.[12] Goldman Sachs and APX Alarm completed another credit facility agreement worth $440 million in 2009.[12] That November, the company acquired a central alarm monitoring station from Criticom Monitoring Services, a subsidiary of Protection One, in St. Paul, Minnesota.[12] APX Alarm opened a new corporate headquarters in Provo, Utah a month later.[13]

Rebranding as Vivint[edit]

APX Alarm Security Solutions rebranded as Vivint in February 2011.[10][14] The company completed a $565 million senior debt financing led by Goldman Sachs that month.[15] Vivint also received funding from Peterson Partners and Jupiter Partners.[15] The company launched Vivint Solar, a solar energy company, in 2011.[16] The company partnered with Alarm.com early that year to deploy severe weather alerts and remote security access to their customer base.[17] Vivint was acquired by The Blackstone Group in September 2012.[18][19][20][21][22][23] In 2013, Forbes ranked the company 46th in its annual ranking of "America's Most Promising Companies."[24] Vivint acquired Smartrove, a wireless mesh networking technology provider founded by Venkat Kalkunte and Ramsesh Kalkunte, and began wireless broadband in August 2013.[25][26] In October, Inc. named the company the second most job creating private company in the United States.[27] In 2013, the company created the Vivint Fellows Program, a summer internship program at the Vivint Innovation Center.[28][29][30][31]

Recent[edit]

Vivint acquired the cloud storage startup Space Monkey, a company founded by Clint Gordon-Carroll and Alen Peacock in 2014.[32] Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen appeared on the season finale of the CBS television show Undercover Boss in February 2015.[33] The company opened a new monitoring center in Eagan, Minnesota in August 2015.[34] Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital co-led a $100 million investment in Vivint in April 2016.[35] Solamere strategic investors include Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy and former Walmart CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr.[36][37][38] Vivint was named the TMA Monitoring Center of the Year in 2017 and received the J.D. Power award for “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Security Systems.”[39]

Products and services[edit]

The thermostat controls on the Vivint app for iPhone
The Vivint SkyControl touchscreen smart home hub

Vivint launched its own cloud-based smart home automation solution in June 2014.[40] The system provides a centralized control, a smartphone application for remote access and learning algorithms that automatically pick up on a user's patterns.[41] In 2014, the touchscreen Vivint SkyControl panel received a CE Pro BEST Award for "new custom electronic products introduced in 2014."[42] In 2015, Vivint introduced the Vivint Doorbell Camera to its smart home solution.[43] The product allows consumers to see, hear and speak with visitors on their doorstep from any mobile device with internet connection.[44] The product received a 2016 Electronic House Product of the Year award.[45]

In January 2016, Vivint announced partnerships with Amazon and Nest.[46] Vivint also announced Vivint Element, its own smart thermostat, and the Vivint Ping Camera, the first indoor camera with one-touch call out.[47]

In 2017, Vivint announced a partnership with Airbnb.[48] It also integrated its smart home suite with Google Home and Philips Hue smart lighting.[49][50] In 2018, Vivint collaborated with Google to include two Google Home Mini devices in every starter kit. The company also integrated the Nest Thermostat E and Google Wifi to its smart-home suite.[51]

Vivint Solar[edit]

In 2011, Vivint Inc. launched a standalone company, Vivint Solar,[4] as a solar electricity provider that designs, installs, and maintains residential photovoltaic systems.[16][52] The company offers solar panels via a power purchase agreement (PPA).[53] Vivint Solar owns, installs, and maintains solar panels on customers’ homes in exchange for customers agreeing to purchase the solar energy their panels produce. Vivint Solar is similar to other alternative solar companies like SolarCity, SunRun, and Sungevity. Its innovation in the field is the use of microinverters for each separate solar panel, allowing maximum production when some of the panels are in the shade.[54][55]

In October 2014, Vivint Solar made its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VSLR.[56] [57][58]

Vivint Smart Home Arena[edit]

On October 26, 2015, Vivint acquired the naming rights to the Utah Jazz's home arena, renaming the building as Vivint Smart Home Arena. The contract will last for 10 years.[34] In April 2018 Vivint and the Utah Jazz added a new sensory room at the arena for children with autism spectrum disorder.[59]

Philanthropy[edit]

The Vivint Gives Back focuses on helping children with intellectual disabilities through intelligent products and services. Vivint employees and owners contribute time, money, and volunteer hours to perform services for these children.[60] In 2012, Vivint Gives Back Foundation was named the “Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year.”[61]

In April 2015, Vivint employees worked with the Feed My Starving Children organization to donate $47,000 and assemble 217,000 meal kits to feed children in Haiti. Vivint has donated a total of 800,000 meals, enough to feed more than 2,000 children for an entire year.[62]

In 2015, Vivint became the official safety sponsor for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism organization.[63]

Vivint employees volunteer time and money to renovate homes for families who have children with intellectual disabilities. Employees install Vivint smart home technology in the homes and sensory rooms with developmental components such as swings, rock-climbing walls, reading nooks and art stations.[64] Since its creation in 2008, Vivint Gives Back has donated $9 million and more than 150,000 service hours.[65]

In February 2014, the company donated $2 million to the Utah Valley University to establish a professional sales program,[66] as well as a SMART Lab for marketing research.[67][68]

Legal issues[edit]

Vivint faced issues in recent years due to deceptive marketing practices, including in Wyoming in 2017.[69] From 2009 through 2014 the company settled with the states of Arkansas, Oregon, Ohio and Nebraska.[70][71][72][73][74][75][76] In 2014 Vivint settled two federal class-action lawsuits for alleged violations of the TCPA.[77][78]

See also[edit]

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