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The Nuts and Bolts of Spark

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If you’ve been following along, you already understand the massive need for a “start standing now” desk, and the design we came up with that is just that – and for only twenty bucks. We’re really excited, and we hope you are too. But awesome prototypes only become awesome products with lots of planning and logistics. And in the case of Spark, it’s actually pretty interesting. Sourcing Spark In keeping with our efforts to make Spark a very “green” solution, it was really important to us to produce in the US, where most of…read more


Thinking Outside the Box – Sparking a Movement

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Yesterday, we outlined the requirements of the perfect “start standing now” standing desk: Inexpensive (say $20) Visually appealing Stable (no typing wobble) Solid Ergonomics In just a second, I’ll lay out how we achieved every single one of those. But first, let’s talk about why this is such an important mission. Everyone wants to be healthy and happy, but the statistics are dismal. Despite our best intentions, we are becoming increasingly overweight and unhealthy. In our culture, chronic pain is now just an accepted part of being past your mid-20s. Pain…read more


The Gaping Hole in Standing Desks

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If there’s one thing that everyone knows about us at Ergodriven, it’s that we LOVE standing desks. We’ve loved them for a long time, since we started standing over half a decade ago. Back then, my first standing desk was a few cardboard boxes on top of a regular old desk. Ryan’s was a milk crate. With the growing success of Topo, we get an increasing number of emails like “I’ve thought about standing for a long time, but haven’t tried it yet. Do you have a recommendation for a…read more


Why We’re Not Using Kickstarter to Launch Topo

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With over $1.23 billion pledged to over 75,000 successful projects, Kickstarter is a veritable crowdfunding juggernaut. At their standard 5% fee, they’ve pulled in over $61 million hosting successful creators’ dreams. Clearly, they’re doing something right. So you’re probably wondering why we we’re not using Kickstarter to launch our first product, Topo. We’ll flesh it out in detail below, but it boils down to this: We’ve gotten so far that Topo is now a product, not a project. Their 5% fee is too high for the value they would provide us. Hosting our launch there would…read more