If You Have An Idea But You're Too Lazy To Start A Company, Quirky Will Pay You A Lifetime Royalty For It

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Quirky lets even the laziest people become inventors. People can submit ideas for $10 and other readers choose which are best. If your idea is chosen, Quirky will make the product and pay you a lifetime royalty for it.Since its launch in 2009, Quirky has developed hundreds of products, many of which are now sold in big name retail stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Office Max, and Toys “R” Us.

Quirky recently moved into a new office on the west side of Manhattan on the second floor of an old warehouse. It is the perfect kind of space for the company, with plenty of room for workshops and meeting rooms and all the other the tools needed for a collaborative invention hub. 

The Quirky entrance is just a simple door on the ground floor.

But once you get up that elevator there is nothing simple about the office.

The desk was designed by Quirky Founder and CEO Ben Kaufman. He also designed most of the office.

After the entrance the main area is open with a few table and a view into the workshop.

The wall on the left is lined with brainstorm meeting rooms.

But if you take a sharp left after the entrance you get into the back meeting room area.

A nice seating area and a couple of meeting rooms in use. Behind the couch is the boardroom.

It has this big table for big meetings.

All the meeting rooms are named after the material in the desk. Since this is the boardroom they used these quirky Quirky loading materials.

The space was an old factory and they have kept many antique touches around the place.

A phone bank for personal calls.

Call rooms are named after numbers one might dial

The office was once a Singer factory so there is a sewing theme...

And some awesome retro sewing machines

This huge sliding door guards the kitchen.

The slider is very cool.

We're not sure who Luella Rivera is...

But her name also appears on this locker.

The kitchen is spacious and still relatively clean and uncluttered.

Big fridge though.

And it is already well stocked.

Additional seating area. And someone is rushing back into the office.

We follow. This wall holds lists of products that are in various stages of development.

The office stretches through the back of the floor.

Nina Lorusso is a Designer at Quirky. She helps take ideas and figure out the best design for them. This is one she is working on now.

The office wraps around and here is another view from the back.

Ben Machado makes a lot of the great videos you see on the Quirky site.

He's got these interesting Munny toys on his desk.

Here is the Community Team busy at work. In the back left is Chris Tran who has been at Quirky for about 8 months. He works on user on-boarding helping people get involved in the Quirky platform.

He had this bottle of his own home brewed beer on his desk.

Andrew Ehrlich who has been with Quirky for about 8 months explained that invention ambassadors help inventors navigate the Quirky process once they have started. Kind of like client or account managers. The Frisbee is from one of his inventors.

Finally, we get into the workshop...arguably the most fascinating area in the office. Left is Nicholas Oxley and right, Aaron Saxton. They are both on the design crew and get to spend a lot of time in here working on projects.

The space has a heavy duty cleaner and it can be used to handle dangerous materials safely.

They also have a large collection of tools.

Ben Kaufman, Quirky Founder and CEO, in his workshop

The other half of the workroom is for the 3D printers, laser printers, and other high tech production machines.

The design crew also keeps their own special coffee maker here.

Here it is in all its glory. As you can see on the bottom it can print two different kinds of material at the same time. If that doesn't mean much to you, take our word that it is a pretty great feature in a 3D printer.

This is the range of material it can use to print. The ability to mix materials means it can mix soft with strong materials.

A giant laser printer.

And a slightly more modern sewing machine than the one we saw earlier.

Next to the workshop is the heart of the operation.

This is the room where Quirky holds its inventor meetings and discusses which ideas to pursue.

Many of these discussions are held streaming online, so that Quirky inventors from around the world can participate.

And finally we use this big exit button to head out.

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