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!
- 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.