It’s hard to be the dad, and it’s harder to be the dad who’s also trying to make a startup happen. You’re trying to make real your vision of the future and get others to buy into it, all while managing often out-of-control egos, working through a to-do list that never gets done, and making it all look nice to outsiders. And then there’s your job.
So, whether it’s you or some dad you care about, we offer the Fathers Day Gift Guide for the Startup Dad.
6+ years ago, we decided to make what some people say was an imprudent investment in these chairs. Since then, we’ve spent more than 10,000 hours sitting on them, which gives us the right to endorse them. If you want to shop around, Wired wrote a review of six high-end desk chairs.
Here at Berman, we specialize in changing how people think, but it’s really, really hard. This book by the Heath Brothers (Remember Made to Stick?) is all about how to make change happen. And if there’s one person who knows how hard that is, it’s a Startup Dad.
He pushes enough paper at work, so consolidate it at home. Artkive is an app for digital storage of the kids’ art that converts endless piles of crayon drawings and painted construction paper into beautiful albums.
Techradar.com named the UE Boom Bluetooth speaker one of the most functional, highest quality units out there, and our founder’s son has one, so we can vouch for it. It’s nearly indestructible, sounds great, comes with an app full of bonus features, and in not quite a million fun color combinations.
A massage once a month sounds like something in which no reasonable dad should indulge. But when you chalk it up to $60 for monthly stress-knot removal, it seems like a pretty smart investment. And when he says he can’t go to lunch because it’s Massage Monday, he’ll be the envy of his team.
Christian Jaillite created photography project Hippopota to document the objects your family cherishes most. You send him, for example, your kid’s (maybe formerly) favorite stuffed animal. He photographs it in ultra-high def against a modern white background, gallery mounts it, and sends it back to you. And you get a beautiful, comtemporary, gallery-worthy art piece for the home or office.
Something for his desk that will have people wondering what makes him so cool
It doesn’t get any more quintessential than a Moleskine notebook. We love them here at Berman. A Moleskine bag makes for tasteful, well-designed utility, big enough to hold his everyday devices, and beats the pants off of a briefcase.
“Design isn’t how it looks. It’s how it works,” said Steve Jobs. The Stendig calendar is, not coincidentally, the most functional calendar we’ve found (aside from our own handmade one — stop by and see).
You know what’s great about do-it-yourself things made up of words? You can write anything you want on there. Anything. Like your kids’ names. Or the place where you went skinny dipping after making love on a blanket in the sunshine, for instance.
We don’t know why, but cycling and startups go together like beards and microbrews. These one-of-a-kind hand-painted helmets are so beautiful, they’ll make up for his nerd backpack and rolled-up pants. Mostly.