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The StandDesk Story

Ever dedicated to health and fitness, 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

October, 2011

Steven’s friend Ryan builds a standing gaming desk out of cardboard boxes and a whiteboard. Loses 10 pounds.

April 2, 2014 at 10:00AM, PST

StandDesk launches on Kickstarter

April 2, 2014 at 10:38AM, PST

Kickstarter funding goal reached

May 16, 2014

StandDesk closes Kickstarter campaign with $650K

September, 2014

First StandDesk Ships

May, 2015

StandDesk offers full service business installations to San Francisco startups like Optimizely,, and Crunchyroll

January 2, 2016

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.

The Desk

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.

Eco Friendly

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.

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