Dear Owlet Family & Friends,
My name is Kurt Workman, CEO and Founder of Owlet. During the last five years, I’ve dedicated my time and energy to creating a safer world for infants and a better quality of life for parents. The moment my wife and I decided to have kids, I was concerned about the potential of a hereditary heart condition that could impact our children. When my wife was an infant, she nearly passed away in her crib but my mother-in-law’s intuition led her to check on her. My wife was found lifeless in her crib and was rushed to the hospital for lifesaving, open-heart surgery. I knew I didn’t want to rely on my intuition alone. With the advances in today’s technology, I knew there had to be a better way to watch over our infants while they slept. It blew my mind that we had the technology to tell me practically everything, except for what was most important to me as a parent. Is my child okay?
After learning about pulse oximetry, a clinically-proven technology trusted by hospitals for decades, I was fortunate to connect with my brilliant co-founders and a team of investors who had a desire to change the world. We spent years perfecting and modifying this technology to make it appropriate for the home and comfortable for infants to wear. Fast forward to today and our Smart Sock has been used by more than 150,000 infants, we’ve tracked nearly 300 billion heartbeats that we hope to use to better understand health and wellness. We’re proud to say we’ve also been recognized by organizations around the world as a technology that is revolutionizing the way we care for infants. We’ve also collected one of the largest sets of infant sleep data in the world which will play a critical role in solving many of the concerns by parents today. While the quantity of data is impressive, the story the data has told parents in real-time is what’s most impressive.
I have a folder on my computer labeled “Owlet Stories” which contains letters that are often accompanied by medical records from hundreds of parents who received a notification from Owlet and were able to help their infants. The folder includes stories related to RSV, SVT, Heart murmurs, accidental suffocation and several more. When I started Owlet, I’ll admit my focus was fixed on the nearly 4,000 infants that pass away in their crib every year due to SUIDS, but as we’ve grown, I’ve seen Owlet’s reach expand far beyond anything I ever imagined. We’ve helped parents with big and small concerns get the information they need to help their children.
This month is SIDS Awareness Month. While there is no proven way to prevent SIDS, as an advocate of the health and safety of infants, Owlet feels the responsibility to be involved. Join us as we help create awareness around one of the main causes of mortality in children under the age of 1.
During the month of October, Owlet is helping by:
- Matching donations 2 to 1 to many foundations dedicated to providing Smart Socks to those in need.
- Extending an open invitation to SIDS researchers and data scientists who would like to analyze sleep data in hope to find answers or patterns for high-risk infants.
- Publishing educational content on safe sleep, CPR and other healthy parenting practices.
We started Owlet to change the world but we know we can’t do it alone. Every day we are working to make new exciting ways to help infants and we need your help. Join us on our mission and let’s make a difference.