Quirky

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Quirky Inc.
Quirky logo13.png
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TypePrivate
HeadquartersNew York City
Founder(s)Ben Kaufman
IndustryProduct Development
Net incomeIncrease[citation needed]
Employees250+[citation needed]
Slogan(s)We Make Invention Accessible
Websitewww.quirky.com
RegistrationOptional
Users877,000+www.quirky.com/about
Available inEnglish
LaunchedJune 2009
Current statusActive
 
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Quirky Inc.
Quirky logo13.png
Quirky screenshot.png
TypePrivate
HeadquartersNew York City
Founder(s)Ben Kaufman
IndustryProduct Development
Net incomeIncrease[citation needed]
Employees250+[citation needed]
Slogan(s)We Make Invention Accessible
Websitewww.quirky.com
RegistrationOptional
Users877,000+www.quirky.com/about
Available inEnglish
LaunchedJune 2009
Current statusActive

Quirky is a New York City based invention company.[1] Quirky makes invention accessible by bringing real people’s product ideas to life. To take ideas from sketchbook to store shelves, in-house designers and engineers collaborate with Quirky’s online community on nearly every aspect of development. Anyone can make their mark by submitting a problem-solving idea or weighing in on others. And when a product is sold, they share a cut of the revenue with all those who had an impact. Founded by Ben Kaufman in 2009, Quirky’s products can be found at The Home Depot, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon.com, and of course – Quirky.com.

In 2014, Quirky partnered with GE to develop an app, called "Wink", to wirelessly control and monitor products that communicate with the app.

History[edit]

Quirky was founded in 2009 by Ben Kaufman.[2] At 18, he founded his first company, mophie, and learned just how difficult it is to bring one single product to market. In 2009, Ben launched Quirky to break down the barriers to invention and allow creative people all over the world to invent together. He's helped hundreds of everyday inventors bring their product ideas to life and forged partnerships with the world’s largest retailers to sell those products. Today, Ben and Quirky continue to redefine the way the world thinks about product development and invention.

In April 2010, Quirky received $6 million in Series A venture capital funding, led by RRE Ventures.[3] The company later received a $16 million Series B round in August 2011 led by Norwest Venture Partners, and a $68 million Series C round in September 2012 led by Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[4]

In 2011, a reality television series named Quirky debuted on the Sundance Channel following events at the Quirky office.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quirky". Quirky. 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "AdWeek". Quirky. 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Quirky's 23-year-old CEO finds love with the supply chain, Paul Boutin, VentureBeat, April 27, 2010
  4. ^ Donna Fenn (September 7, 2012). "Quirky Gets Backing From Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins". New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Startup Quirky brings people's ideas to life", Japan Times, 28 August 2011, p. 5.

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