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Finding the Solution for Lack of Office Privacy

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The TalkBox Team

We’re an eclectic group of professionals with experience ranging from media and technology to geography to public planning. Our common thread? We’re all passionate about creating superior quality products that solve real world problems and look good doing it. We work and play in Boulder, Colorado and love sharing wins with our customers and partners.

John Ruder

President

Nick Politte

GM & production

Kiersten Lillis

content manager

Ross Shell

founder

Braden O'Brien

Sales & Support

Steve Filmer

Web Marketing

Todd Budin

advisor

Matt Bonoma

finance & Legal

Brandt Steinmetz

graphic design

Kyle Hameister

Support

Buddy Blattner

Finance

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History

The TalkBox Origin Story

TalkBox Booth is a Red Idea Partners Launch Works company, which began as a solution to a practical need in Red Idea’s open plan office—where to make a private call. Within their unique collective of companies in shared office space, Red Idea noticed noise and lack of privacy led employees to alter their work behavior. These adjustments negated the positive attributes of the open office—opportunity for collaboration and fostering a sense of community.

Enter: the original TalkBox Booth prototype (pictured). The prevalence of open offices and the omnipresence of mobile devices led the team to believe others were experiencing the same tensions of shared space, and they designed the TalkBox Booth with this in mind. The prototype quickly earned positive feedback from users in the local accelerator and coworking communities. That validation led Red Idea to pursue TalkBox Booth to its fullest potential by perfecting the design, putting together an incredible team, and officially launching it as a company.

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TalkBox Booth is Made in America!

We believe there are many benefits to "Made in the USA" besides national pride:

Jobs - Product made here contribute to the economy and those workers pay taxes which in turn support our communities. 

Regulations - the U.S. has strong regulations governing the safety of products and the materials going into those products, which many other countries do not have. This also insures the manufacturing process is not harmful to the environment. 

Environment - Products made locally do not need to travel as far to the buyer, thus saving on oil, air pollution and barge pollution.

Human Rights - Workers in the U.S. are protected by stronger safety regulations and worker's rights, which many other manufacturing countries do not have.

Rapid Turnaround - Because TalkBox units don't need to be shipped halfway around the world, your TalkBox order can arrive in as little as 6 weeks (depending on degree of customization). This makes TalkBox the undisputed leaders in turnaround.Where in the USA you ask? In beautiful Colorado, of course. Come check us out!

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Give Back Program

We are giving back

Does your organization have a social mission? Are you interested in a TalkBox? We want to work with you!

Victory isn’t sweet if you celebrate alone, so we sought a worthy cause to share in our success. Non-profit entrepreneurship program Venture for America was the perfect choice. VFA’s supporters, advisors, and leaders believe “entrepreneurship changes lives, strengthens communities and makes those who take the leap better versions of themselves.” We happen to agree, so we donated one percent TalkBox equity to support VFA’s mission to train and support entrepreneurs in their pursuit of game-changing ideas.

Occasionally we have lightly-used (leased) units that are looking for a good home. If your non-profit or NGO is interested in a gently-used TalkBox, please fill out the form for more information.

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