|Headquarters||Austin, Texas, USA|
|E.L. Kersten, Ph.D. (co-founder)|
|Products||"Demotivators": Posters, calendars, misc.|
- MEETINGS: None of us is as dumb as all of us.
- BLAME: The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures.
- DREAMS: Dreams are like rainbows. Only idiots chase them.
On the company website, each "Demotivator" is followed by a list of individuals who the company feels would be a perfect candidate for the item (this does not apply to all their offerings). A running gag is that the category "Disaffected College Students" (or a variant thereof) is included as the last candidate in most listings.
In 2000, Despair, Inc. obtained a registered trademark in the USA for the familiar frowny emoticon :-( when used on "greeting cards, posters and art prints". In 2001, they issued a satirical press release, announcing that they would sue "anyone and everyone who uses the so-called 'frowny' emoticon, or our trademarked logo, in their written email correspondence. Ever."
In 2005, Despair, Inc. published The Art of Demotivation by E.L. Kersten, Ph.D., a former professor of organizational communication, co-founder and currently frontman of Despair, Inc. It is a spoof of the management guru book genre and features 18 stylized renderings of Demotivators to illustrate the points. The book comes in three editions including a $1,195.00 Chairman edition. In 2006, the Harvard Business Review published a serious essay on the nature of work and self-fulfillment by Kersten: "Let Me Take You Down".
- Demotywatory.pl, a Polish entertainment website devoted to satire, including a comprehensive collection of demotivational posters
- Life is good, a lifestyle brand best known for its optimistic T-shirts and merchandise
- "At the Whiteboard: Signs of a demotivated workforce" ZDnet ZDNet
- ""Low Flying Fish" NPR". Soundprint.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- ""Despair, Inc. – The Brand for Cynics" CNN Jan. 17, 2004". Cnn.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- thatotherpaper Article About Despair, Inc. and sister company Amplifier
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- "Harvard Business Review Magazine, Case Studies, Articles, Books, Pamphlets - Harvard Business Review". Harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2013-05-03.