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The Story of TUP.

Roelof Hengst, Renske van der Heide, Alexander Otto

 

The Story of TUP.

Roelof Hengst, Renske van der Heide, Alexander Otto

 

Why TUP.

We live in a turbulent world. Noise, messages and calls constantly distract us, screaming for our undivided attention. Social animals by nature, we need to connect with others. At TUP we believe in the power of true connections.

But we are only human. Whatever technology has in store for us, we need moments of privacy. Quiet moments that allow us to focus.

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Wearing Headphones To Get Some Silence.

Walking through shared office spaces across the globe, TUP founder Roelof Hengst was stunned. What he saw reminded him of early day factory workers. Just like their predecessors, knowledge workers were surrounded by noise and distractions, trying to focus and often reverting to wearing headphones. Was this the healthy work environment everyone is talking about these days?

When Video Conferencing Does Not Work.

Working with international sales teams, Roelof noticed that video conferencing also presented a challenge. Despite state-of-the-art technology and excellent communication skills, video calling was disturbed by messy backgrounds, terrible lighting and ambient noise. No wonder these professionals had a hard time staying focused! Roelof studied the problem and found that apart from sales teams, creatives, engineers, developers also struggled with it. In fact, everyone who works in a shared workspace is faced with the same difficulty.

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The Ultimate Office Pod.

Working out ways to tackle this challenge, Roelof teamed up with Alexander Otto, a former project partner. The owner of a creative animation studio, Alexander is also a passionate furniture designer whose designs are finding their way all over Europe. Soon Renske van der Heide (Co-Founder) joined the team. They decided to take on the challenge of creating The Ultimate Pod (aka TUP).

Their adventure started in mid 2018. The first TUP, which saw the light a few weeks later, received great user feedback (even though in the first TUP the felt fell off). The team was confident they had a great product and that they could help out workers in shared office environments.

Established 2019.

Still in stealth mode, working on prototypes, prospects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Portugal were very keen to do business with us. Which is why we ramped up our efforts and officially launched TUP in early 2019.

TUP is here to help. The office pod brings back silence to the workspace.

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