The StandDesk Story
Ever dedicated to health and fitness, StandDesk.co founder Steven Yu wanted to help his roommate Ryan look after his well-being. A month of training and a strict meal regimen had passed, but Ryan wasn’t making any progress. Discouraged by the lack of improvement, Ryan had thrown in the towel and reverted to his old eating habits and gaming. The makeshift standing desk he had thrown together with computer monitor boxes, a home fan box, a whiteboard, and a random piece of wood was the only major change that had stuck. In the span of just four weeks, Ryan had lost 10 pounds and was visibly healthier. Realizing the powerful effects of simply standing, Steven devoted himself to improving health and happiness without completely overhauling existing lifestyles.
StandDesks were created to fill a void.
Steven discovered that there wasn’t a standing desk available that was both affordable and automatic, so he decided to build it himself.
Timeline of Events
Steven’s friend Ryan builds a standing gaming desk out of cardboard boxes and a whiteboard. Loses 10 pounds.
StandDesk launches on Kickstarter
Kickstarter funding goal reached
StandDesk closes Kickstarter campaign with $650K
First StandDesk Ships
StandDesk offers full service business installations to San Francisco startups like Optimizely, Segment.io, and Crunchyroll
StandDesk moves home to Los Angeles in order to centralize Sales, Marketing and Fulfillment
Along the way, Steven developed a passion for lifehacking - discovering the easiest possible ways to a happier, healthier, more productive planet. Now the StandDesk mission is to make health easy, simple and engrained in our everyday.
We believe a healthier lifestyle should be available to all.
Eco-friendly & Recycled Materials
Laminate tops are CARB Phase 2 formaldehyde compliant and Greenguard indoor air quality-certified for low chemical emissions.
4-button Memory Controller
Our favorite memory control settings:
- 1. Good Posture
- 2. Power Stance
- 3. Your Co-worker Who Likes Your Window
- 4. Netflix & Chill
Our well-engineered desk holds up to 225 pounds, but is built with 1/3 of the parts of a traditional standing desk.