OrigAudio: Audio Accessories That Give Back

Founded in 2009 by Mike Szymcak and Jason Lucash, OrigAudio is a Costa Mesa, California-based company that specializes in developing premium quality audio products. Both founders traveled a lot during their early careers and saw the need for an easy, portable, and eco-friendly way to listen to music while on the go. Their first product, the Fold n’ Play speakers, was inspired by the Chinese takeout box. Foldable, compactable, and recyclable, the Fold n’ Play is the “origami of audio” which was named to Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2009 list just three months after launching. Requiring no external power, the speakers are made from recycled materials such as old pizza boxes, phone books, and newspapers.

Following the success of the Fold n’ Play, OrigAudio unveiled its second product, the Rock-It, a handy device that turns anything into a speaker, be it a cup, lamp shade, cooler, or cardboard box. Another popular OrigAudio product is Designears, the world’s first fully customizable headphones. With Designears, customers have the opportunity to design a pair of headphones that expresses their style and personality.

Szymcak and Lucash founded OrigAudio during an economic downturn but did not let that stop them from growing it into an international brand. Today, OrigAudio is in 5,000 stores around the world. Additionally, the company was featured on Shark Tank twice and received the honor of iPhone Life’s #1 Accessory of the Year for 2011.

Giving back to the community and the world is an integral part of OrigAudio’s business model as well. The company donates a portion of proceeds to non-profit partners such as Music National Service and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Music National Service promotes the use of music to nurture more successful students in under-resourced public schools, enhance patient recovery, and address other important civic and social issues. Meanwhile, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship provides low-income youth with entrepreneurship education.

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