BostInno’s annual year-end 50onFire awards celebration recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. Or as they put it, “No cliché awards ceremony. No boring speeches. Just a room of Boston’s brightest gathering to celebrate 50 of Boston’s best.”
StandStand is manufactured in the United States using sustainable materials, with all production based out of my hometown of Superior, Wisconsin. Paul Peterson, my football and mock trial teammate from high school, runs the show out of his woodworking shop, Rob’s Custom Cabinetry, which his dad passed on to him.
One morning during a meditation session, the thought crossed my mind that I could make a portable standing desk, something I could carry as easily as my laptop and set up on any table and desk. Since tables and desks are found everywhere, I only needed to raise my computer about twelve inches.
I made my first prototype within a week. I thought a trapezoid would give stability, but it pivoted back and forth a lot. When I added two sticks to brace it, that was already six pieces—too many to carry easily.
I started getting nervous because my work and hobbies have me sitting at the computer for many hours every day. I thought about investing a lot of money in a standing desk, which have been shown to improve your health, burn more calories, and even make you 10% more productive.