Quirky

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Quirky Inc.
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Type Private
Headquarters New York City
Founder(s) Ben Kaufman
Industry Product Development
Net income Increase[citation needed]
Employees 250+[citation needed]
Slogan(s) We Make Invention Accessible
Website www.quirky.com
Registration Optional
Users 877,000+www.quirky.com/about
Available in English
Launched June 2009
Current status Active

Quirky is a New York City based invention company.[1] The company allows inventors to submit their ideas, while also assisting them in the development process. The company's website lets people sell their inventions in an online shop or several retail stores including Home Depot and Best Buy, with whom they have partnered. Those who choose to market their products with Quirky receive a portion of the profit made. Quirky also 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]

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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