Meet The Team
Globetrotter, engineer and sleep enthusiast Oliver Masson is passionate about health and obsessed with comfort. Oliver was raised in 4 different countries and has changed homes 9 times throughout his life. He always gets awoken (too early in his opinion) by birds, cars, planes, his wife Alice’s breathing and or his painful neck. In his most recent home of Sydney, Australia, he learnt a lot about design, ergonomics, user comfort and sustainability. Before that, he graduated with the highest class of honours at a top engineering faculty in Australia. The idea of an ergonomic sound-blocking pillow came to him after trying to go to bed early whilst his friends were playing Uno in the living room of his small, one bedroom apartment. With only the idea in mind and a dream in his heart he decided to let go of his consulting job to build Blisstil. He took up work as a part-time tradie to fuel his invention. He now wants to help millions of people across the world and Australia have amazing naps so people are ready for anything life throws at them.
The Business Man
Globtrotter, master communicator and neck pain connoisseur, Henri Masson is passionate about energy and stress management. He grew up in 7 different countries and changed homes 14 times throughout his life! He often waits until the very last minute before getting out of bed so he can maximise his rest and champion his day. This does mean he rushes his morning routine in about 30 seconds! It's really impressive you should see it. His wealth of international experiences, consumer goods knowledge and analytics background has led him to become a National Key Account Manager at one of the oldest and most respected luxury groups in the world.
When Henri saw his brother, Oliver, trying out his freshly fabricated prototype, he immediately took it for a test run. Once he woke up, he was hooked. Not only did he manage to sleep in a room full of people, but the neck pain he carries around from working at a desk 5 days a week had dissipated! Now Henri leads Blisstil on the business development side and hopes that everybody will soon be able to enjoy Blisstil's SleepMuffs™ for themselves.
The Primary Investor
Citizen of the world, engineer and extreme sleeper, Alice Finidori aka “The Rock” is passionate about innovation and quality. Alice was raised in 5 different countries and has changed homes 11 times throughout her life. She has trouble convincing herself to go to bed as she always finds something better to do, but once she’s in, there’s no getting her out! By day she problem solves code for an ASX listed start-up and by night she listens to her husband, Oliver, ramble on about his ideas. When she heard that he wanted to create a product that could help her sleep through the neighbour’s 8am Saturday vacuum session she was hooked! She now looks forward to sharing her investment with the rest of her fellow rocks.
People & Things is a product development firm that has experience in industrial design, marketing, crowdfunding, manufacturing and anything you can think of that has to do with bringing a product to life. They know a lot of people like lawyers, manufacturers, customs experts, translators and branding specialists. Led by Karl Vaupel and Sam Davies, their team is responsible for making sure that SleepMuffs™ works according to plan and that the factory understands exactly what they need to do to deliver the highest quality product!Karl and Oliver have been friends for a couple of years now, every time they meet they talk about new ways to solve the world’s problems, big or small.
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Chris Knight is the owner and operator of Radio Works. He has a wide range of technical skills and an immense experience with 3D design and manufacturing processes.
Chris was responsible for all the iterative changes done to SleepMuffs' design. He worked closely with Oliver to determine what was wrong, how to fix it and especially how to translate their findings into the 3D model without breaking it!
Many late nights and early mornings were spent working on SleepMuffs' design and its mould.