PopSockets was founded in 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. Our CEO David Barnett glued two large buttons to his phone and his friends made fun of him for it. David was looking for a way keep his headset/earbud cord neatly wrapped -- and as trashy as the glued buttons looked, they worked. David then started experimenting with putting the buttons on plastic accordions, so that he could pop them out to provide a phone stand and grip. It was then that David's friends realized that he might have that fabled million-dollar idea.
To help fund and publicize his nascent company, David started a Kickstarter campaign which proved to be extremely successful, thanks in part to the ludicrous video David made to extol the virtues of PopSockets. We want to thank all our Kickstarter backers for their early support. After some delays, PopSockets.com went live in January 2014.
Since then, PopSockets sales have been growing exponentially. Some people initially think that PopSockets look strange, but after they try PopSockets, a common reaction is, “I don’t know how I ever held my phone without a PopSocket." We're so happy to have a growing loyal fan base -- it's because of them that we know we have a worthwhile, valued product.
We also appreciate the fact that NPR called PopSockets "cool" way back in 2012. PopSockets won the WIRED "Fueling Innovation" contest sponsored by Mercedes-Benz in 2013. USA Today named PopSockets among "the coolest tech you have to see" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in 2015. And recently the Wall Street Journal said that PopSockets are the best compact smartphone support they've seen.
In January 2016, we sold our millionth PopSocket. In February 2016, we were the first recipient of the Fit For Real Life Seal Of Approval. What will come next?
After the PopSockets.com store went live, many of David’s friends and family independently had the same Eureka moment: “Have you ever thought about selling PopSockets in stores?" To which David responded, “Wow. I never considered selling my product in a store. Thank you, friends and family. You are the wind beneath my wings.” And into the wind he went, selling his first PopSocket in the Into the Wind store in Boulder in the summer of 2014.
The PopSockets office is located at 5765 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. We're in an industrial area, near auto repair places, the old Avery Brewery location, the yummy Chocolove factory, and (this being Colorado) marijuana grow warehouses. It's not as glamorous as our previous Pearl Street Mall location, but we needed way more space to support our growing business. For all those PopSockets fans out there: thank you for your continued support! And if you haven't tried PopSockets yet: what are you waiting for?