The bttn story
We are based in Helsinki, Finland, which is one of the hotbeds of European tech startups, and New York, USA.
We’ve often been asked how we came up with the idea for the bttn. As many of the greatest inventions or services (no, we are not on that level yet but we are working on it) the bttn grew out of a series of case discoveries.
A few years ago our Founder Harri was sitting with some of his friends at a restaurant terrace in Helsinki, Finland. They wondered why – in the otherwise ready-made world – there were no action buttons at the tables, which could be used to signal waitresses. At the same time, one of them shared his worry about how he could help his 75 year old mother, living alone in her house, to make it day-to-day.
Thus began the bttn journey. Harri is a serial entrepreneur and making new things is in his blood. He started talking to some of his trusted friends, potential recruits and some potential early backers. Things came together quickly – everybody loved the idea – and the company was started in the Autumn of 2013.
First prototypes came out in early 2014 and commercial shipments began in December 2014. Today, bttns are available in two different form factors and several different connectivity options to suit the needs of different businesses.