Quirky: Crowdsourced Products from Emerging Inventors

Store Profile

Store History

  • Founded: 2009
  • Founded by: Ben Kaufman
  • Headquarters: New York City

Since launching in 2009, Quirky has rapidly changed the way the world thinks about product development. We bring two brand new consumer products to market each week, by enabling a fluid conversation between a global community and Quirky's expert product design staff. The world influences our business in real-time, and we share our revenue directly with the people who helped us make successful decisions.

We've covered Quirky before on Unplggd as a startup for product designers, but we haven't really talked about it yet as a resource for shoppers. Like Kickstarter, the site relies on "pledges" from people to get funding for a project, but it's focused specifically on products for lifestyle and home. In the two years since its founding in 2009, Quirky has evolved into a great resource for smart cord controllers, iPad cases, and power hubs.

The site's mission is to foster innovative products that people really want, while helping emerging (often young and broke) industrial designers find an audience. Quirky uses three stages of product development:

  1. Presale: The stage when the site is "still collecting pre-order commitments" on a product. If you "commit" to a product at this stage, you get a price break, but you have to pay up if it goes into production. If the product isn't produced, you owe nothing.

  2. In Production: The product has generated enough committed buyers to become real, and Quirky has moved it into the manufacturing stages. If you've committed to a product, you'll receive an email when it's finished and ready to ship.
  3. Shipping Now: At this point, there's "a real live product, and it’s ready to ship." After you complete your order with Quirky, the product will ship out within 24 hours.

Anyone purchased from Quirky before? Share your experience in the comments!

Fender iPad 2 Bumper, $20 (in production)
Pivot Power Flexible Power Strip, $30 (shipping now)
Cordlets Cable Organizers, $10 (shipping now)
Cloak iPad Case, $30 (shipping now)
Converge Charging Station, $55 (presale)