Think Geek

Store History

  • Founded: 1999
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, V

Three out of the four founding ThinkGeek members started an ISP in the Northern Virginia area way way back in 1995. We couldn't afford Solaris, learned about a free UNIX-like OS, and spent almost an entire day downloading it onto over 50 floppies for installation on an old 486 laptop with no cd-rom (thanks Slackware!). After a few years with the ISP gig, the ThinkGeek idea popped into our heads, and, operating out of a spare room at the ISP office we setup shop and launched the site on Friday the 13th, 1999.

Have you owned an Amiga, Commodore 64 or still pine for DOS command lines? Are you an avid fan of Cartoon Network? Are cubicle pranks a common occurrence and joy in your life? Are you often referred to by friends as someone tech oriented…dare we say…a geek? Then you likely already know (and love) the online superstore for modders, Firefly fans, and former AP science students: Think Geek!

Think Geek is to the LifeHacker crowd as Restoration Hardware is to the Martha Stewart audience. Filled with a cornucopia of tech, science and pop culture goodies of both useful and merely amusing nature, there's something nearly for anyone who would be happy to receive a box of super strong magnets as a gift that also happened to be named after Buckminster Fuller (aka, us!).

Categorized into sections like Geek Toys, Gadgets, Home & Office, Computer Stuff, Caffeine & Edibles, Electronics, Geek Kids and Books, the stock of USB, remote control and light up items is dizzying, but always fun to window-shop. And how could you not admire a company that takes imaginary April Fool's products and has some of their customer favourites manufactured into real purchasable items? If anything, Think Geek is a online retail diversionary detour that trumps pretenders like SkyMall and Brookstone with their genuine commitment to everything geek. Live long and prosper, Think Geek!