Studio Neat was founded in 2010 by Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost. We are two designers who enjoy making simple products that solve problems.
We like to think of ourselves, in the Kottke parlance, as a small batch business. Our focus is not on growth at all costs, but rather making truly great and useful products in a sustainable way. Walt Disney once said: “We don’t make movies to make money. We make money to make more movies.” That idea speaks to us.
The Glif, our first product back in 2010, represented a new way of approaching consumer products, and it wouldn't have been possible without a few thousand people who believed in us. Launched when few people had even heard of Kickstarter, the Glif was the first consumer tech product to reach such a high level of funding and acclaim on the crowdfunding site. Exceeding our initial goal by over 10×, Studio Neat, as a company, was born. You can read all about that history here.
Over the years, we have created all kinds of different products. You might even look at those products and deem it a bit capricious. The same company that makes an iPhone tripod mount also makes an app for managing your cocktail recipes? To us, it's all about solving interesting problems and delighting our customers. This is our guiding light.
While our story may seem unique, the world now more than ever has allowed for such a story to be possible. We love to share our experiences, either through talks, our podcast, or our mentorship program, to hopefully inspire others to forge a similar path. There isn't a better time than now.
We are in it for the long haul. We are not interested in venture funding or being acquired. We have been profitable since day one and we intend to keep that going. And we owe it all to our amazing customers and backers. Thanks for your continued support!
If you are interested in following along with us on our journey, there are two great ways to do that. The first is to check out our podcast, Thoroughly Considered. We chat with our friend Myke Hurley once a month about the trials and tribulations with running a small business, and also comment on the latest design trends. The second is to subscribe to the Studio Neat Gazette, our email newsletter in which we each pick something interesting to share, as well as give a brief update about Studio Neat. Short and sweet, delivered to your inbox weekly. We’d love to have you along for the ride!
—Tom & Dan