Walking away from your valuables to take a care-free swim at the pool or beach can be an unsettling feeling, and with good reason. Three friends discovered that the hard way, and it helped them start a business.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish," said Jonathan Kinas, the Co-Founder for AquaVault. The three inventors of AquaVault- a Portable Travel Safe- secured a deal with Daymond John after appearing on Shark Tank in March of 2015. Inking a deal with the FUBU founder allowed these guys to catapult AquaVault's valuation roughly 6,500% in under three years.
A day at the beach is all fun and games until all of your stuff gets stolen. That's what happened to college friends Avin Samtani, Jonathan Kinas, and Rob Peck during a vacation in South Beach three years ago. "We won't name the hotel where it happened, but let's just say they do offer AquaVault now," Samtani says. Indeed, AquaVault is the name of the company and the product he and his two buddies created after that fateful day in Miami Beach.
Your whole vacation can get ruined if your wallet, phone, or tablet gets stolen while you’re enjoying a dip in the pool or relaxing at the beach. Aquavault hopes to ease your worries a bit with the FlexSafe, a portable security solution that attaches almost anywhere and lets you safely store your belongings.
“Aha” moment: “We tucked our things into our sneakers and went for a swim, and when we came back, everything was gone,” Kinas recalls. “When we realized several other people at our resort had the same problem, we said, ‘We need to invent something to prevent this.’”
Losing or damaging your phone can be surprisingly devastating. We keep so much of our lives — photos, directions, calendars, and so on — on that 6-by-3-inch device that breaking it can sometimes feel like the end of the world. And doing so while on vacation is a next-level tragedy. Not only can you no longer capture all the fun moments, but depending on your location, you might be left completely disconnected from the world.
Rob, Jonathan, and Avin are pitching AquaVault to the Shark Tank. It’s a lockbox that attaches to any fixed object, making it possible to leave your valuables behind while you’re at the beach, without worrying.
Over the past several weeks I’ve been using the FlexSafe portable safe whenever my family heads to the beach. The FlexSafe is a tiny three-digit code-locking pack for valuable items, made to keep items safe whilst traveling. The FlexSafe is designed in a way that lends itself well to attaching to a bar – or a chair arm – or any one of a wide variety of larger items.