Founder - Eight Sleep
Matteo Franceschetti has always been obsessed with performance. Athletic performance, business performance, and now sleep performance. An athlete from a young age—he was a competitive ski racer in his native Italy and played tennis and raced cars on the European stage—Matteo has always been focused on winning, and on winning in record time. That drive to succeed propelled him from sports podiums to the top tier of the international legal world and to start two clean-tech companies on two continents, all before age 30. Not surprisingly, sleepless nights were a way of life. It was Matteo’s quest for more restorative sleep, in fact, that led him to quit his previous life and launch Eight Sleep, a New York-based company dedicated to fueling human potential through optimal sleep, and to turning the bed into a seamless health platform for improved health, performance, and longevity. The path he took to becoming CEO of Eight Sleep, however, is as circuitous as the tracks he raced in his youth.
About Eight Sleep
Eight Sleep is the world's first sleep fitness brand with a mission to fuel human potential through optimal sleep. Founded in New York City in 2014, Eight Sleep leverages thermoregulation, data, and technology to design products to restore individuals to their peak energy every morning. Eight Sleep was named one of Fast Company's “Most Innovative Companies of 2018”, and recognized by TIME's "Top Inventions of 2018." Eight Sleep has raised $65M in funding from leading investors including Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, YCombinator, Craft Ventures, and 8VC.
8:11- Meet Matteo Franceschetti!
10:05- What motivated you to start a sleep company?
11:55- What is the difference between air temperature vs. core temperature for optimal sleep?
18:16- I’ve heard you talk about a “thermal alarm?” (This is crazy!)
20:45- As your company makes new advancements in data tracking, do you have to buy a new bed or is it a software update?
23:13- Besides temperature, what else is The Pod tracking to make real-time adjustments?
24:40- Are particular sleep cycles more important than others for optimal recovery?
26:01- Are you seeing longer REM and deep sleep cycles during the night?
28:06- Matteo’s bold hypothesis about how we can sleep less and feel better
29:24-What things do you do personally that you’ve seen optimize your sleep?
34:28- How much do you trust other wearable bio-data collectors? (This is surprising and impressive)
37:21- There’s also a feature for both sides of the bed, correct? (Good news if you have a partner)
39:15- What is this “dream pillow” thing?
40:52- I travel a lot and my home is an Air BnB, if I removed the little computer box from it, no one would know it was a “smart bed,” right?
41:50- Off-gassing is a huge question with mattresses today, what are your thoughts?
44:49- What cools your mattresses?
46:00- Do you see any correlation between nutrition and sleep?
51:25- When you’re on the road, do you try to be meticulous about your nighttime routine still?
53:00- How does living in New York compare to the culture of living in Italy as far as family time, or living in excess?
56:50- How do you make loving Italian food, and living Keto work?!
59:58- What few things could someone start doing TODAY to improve their sleep quality?
1:03:48- Wrap Up and how to get in touch with Matteo!
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