The founders of Google, Yahoo, and Instagram famously began working on their companies while students at Stanford. But Jake Miller spent his Stanford years working on a decidedly more analog product: a kettle.
As a coffee nerd, Miller was fixated with building a kettle that was equally beautiful and flavor-enhancing of the specialty beans he loved. While at Stanford, he began prototyping an electric kettle with a sleek matte exterior and a long, slim spout for a perfect pour-over experience. When Miller graduated with his MBA in 2013, he launched Fellow, with the kettle as its first product.
Today, Fellow has a portfolio of two dozen coffee-related products—many of which have won design awards—and a team of 80 employees, a quarter of whom were previously designers at Tesla, Apple, Google, and other tech giants. The company is poised for even more growth, having just snagged $30 million in Series B funding.
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