Call it the desk that could help you lose weight – or at least obtain extra health benefits at work. NextDesk is striving to change the way people work by creating a desk that easily adjusts to sitting and standing height.
“NextDesk was founded when one of the founders began searching for a quality standing desk and could only find products that were poorly designed and constructed,” says Dan Lee, Director at NextDesk.
NextDesk helps users meet their health needs, but the high quality and workmanship of the product could also make it an asset for your office. Here’s what first-time users should know:
- It’s made of Bamboo and CNC machine recycled aluminum: “Each aluminum piece of the desk is machined out of a block of aluminum. This level of detail is unheard of in our industry,” says Lee of the product, which doesn't use visible motors or wiring.
- The NextDesk Pulse tracks and collects your data: “Integrating with both PC and Mac, NextDesk Pulse helps you track your sitting versus standing, calories, and provides user-selected reminders on when to sit/stand to reach your personal goals,” says Lee.
- The Fit Helps You Stay Healthy: Users can pair their desk with a treadmill to burn extra calories and obtain additional health benefits while they work.
- Range of Heights: With the push of a button, the desk can move up or down from 24 to 50.5 inches.
Despite the number of desks in the market and high level of competition, Lee says NextDesk has been able to set themselves apart with its “quick and nimble” company culture.
“We compete against billion dollar manufacturers because we’re lean and agile. We can identify opportunities and bring them to market before our competitors can get the idea approved,” says Lee.
More about Next Desk and the Team
NextDesk already has a long list of clients such as Yale University, Quiksilver, Dartmouth College, the University of Missouri, 20th Century Fox, Cisco and more. As of now, NextDesk has six other products currently being developed that will hopefully be released in the future.
“Some are pre-patent filing and haven’t yet been released to the public,” says Lee of the other products. “The NextDesk we offer a year from now will completely change the way we view our desk.”
Lee’s advice to young entrepreneurs is to always be open to new opportunities.
“Our company is just one example of how new technologies are disrupting established products that have had little or no technological advances in the past 50 years,” says Lee. “There’s no product that cannot be reinvented, regardless of how simple or established. The key is to keep your eyes and your mind open.”