Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-“Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?!
Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience Quarterly offers thousands of people each month. Backed by everyone from True Ventures to the Collaborative Fund, SV Angel, Garry Tan, the VegasTechFund, and others, the site allows you to receive tangible, curated gifts from influential contributors in the realms of entertainment, technology, design, business, and more. What separates them from the throng of other subscription-based services popping up in the last couple years (I’m looking at you, Dollar Shave Club, Bombfell, and Birchbox!) is that they’ve gone out and recruited some of your favorite authors, media figures, and business personalities and worked with them to deliver a highly unique experience to your doorstep on a recurring basis. Ever wonder where bestselling authors like Chris Guillebeau, startup founders like Alexis Ohanian, and singers like Jordin Sparks pull inspiration for their work? They’re reading to share that with you in their own Quarterly curations!
As I check out some of the awesome names on their site, I notice that they are approaching 50 curators, which is amazing considering that Quarterly had to actually close down their site in early 2012 as a result of having too much business early on. Not necessarily a bad problem to have! It comes as no surprise to me, either, considering how in today’s day and age, more and more people are seeking unique experiences. If you can’t trek out to Burning Man for a week, travel the world just yet, or spend a weekend with some of these folks, getting a uniquely crafted package from Quarterly seems like the next best thing to boost the excitement you’ll get in checking your mailbox (because bills just aren’t that fun to look at).
So here’s to Quarterly approaching 50 curators, and I can’t wait to see just how unique the next 50 curators are!