The whole idea for car engines could apply to Jabra headphones. The concept calls for a device that’s small but powerful, slim yet sturdy. While much of Denmark-based Jabra’s line includes office headsets, the brand’s headphones for sports and professional training are keeping up with trends. Quiddity spoke with Jabra’s Iain Pottie, global director of product design, about tracking sports apparel trends, the competitive consumer space, and 8- to 10-hour performance.
The round-the-clock responsiveness of Quilt renters insurance is in part possible because of a bot: Patches. Artificial intelligence is one feature that the rapidly growing startup company, which launched in 2015, has developed and tested in-house to stand out from more legacy brands. From Quilt’s robust online customer portal to expansion in Florida and Texas, the company is promoting its transparency to attract young adult renters in cities including New York. Quiddity spoke with Nichole Mace, Quilt’s senior vice president of product & customer experience, about transparency, convenience, and being smart ahead of time.
When it comes to premium knives, the Japanese and the Germans are the ones to trust. Japanese cutlery brand Global offers the best of both worlds, honing razor-sharp knives in homage to the centuries-old tradition of Samurai knifemaking while integrating European principles. Its best selling chef’s knife is sharpened on both sides of the blade in the classic German tradition, yet unlike most Western-style knives, its edges are straight, not bevelled. We talked to Marketing Manager Erica Tominaga about the boyhood of the brand’s founder, “Mr. Global,” innovating a proprietary steel blend, and how Global knives went “truly global.”
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Jaybird wants to be seen more as a sports brand than an electronics brand, designing stylish headphones for people likely to hike, ride a mountain bike or even complete triathlons. While their designers scan Amazon reviews just like any average consumer, they also run extensive tests on any new product. Located in Park City, Jaybird designers hang out at local gyms, working one-on-one with athletes. Jaybird’s featured headphones include the Run and the X3, whose battery lives are four and eight hours, respectively. The headphones also come with a charging case, fit for the active wearer who might need a power boost on the go. Quiddity talked with Jaybird designer Hagen Diesterbeck about “truly wireless” models, battery dictating size and custom sound equalizers.
Why Whisk, a beloved kitchenware boutique founded in Brooklyn, closed two storefronts in two months.
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The company has nothing to hide.
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For less than $20 a month, the average renter can protect nearly $30K in personal property.
Craig Fruchtman just wants you to be comfortable.
The company created a customizable mattress and introduced an AI coach—all in pursuit of optimization.
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The legacy luggage brand is catering to a new kind of traveler.
The New York luggage brand rethinking not just how to pack, but how to travel.
The Silicon Valley company hopes to revolutionize how we smoke.
Mark Steinberg is the guy to listen to at Manhattan superstore B&H.
The company makes filing claims quick and easy, so you can focus on caring for your pet.
In situations where you want to mostly cancel noise—potentially threatening noises aside—Plantronics wants to be your eyes and ears. The company has nearly seven decades of history in developing consumer electronics and adapting to the latest technology and trends, whether it's active noise cancellation or athleisure. By capitalizing on the desires of people who travel often or exercise outdoors, Plantronics has gained an edge by evolving its headphone line, including the Backbeat Pro 2 and Backbeat Fit. Quiddity talked with Plantronics’ Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, about the Wall of Ears, the “brand that starts with a B,” and carving out a niche.
Travelers’ Insurance mixes experience with innovation. While it’s America’s oldest insurance company, but features an inventive new product, Traverse, to cater to an increasingly millennial clientele. The leadership team at Travelers recognizes how the growth of e-commerce is affecting the way consumers shop for insurance, and they are working to adapt digitally. For less than $200 a month, Travelers consumers can acquire coverage for losses, additional living expenses, and more. Quiddity talked with Angi Orbann, Travelers’ vice president of personal insurance product, about the 24/7 claims experience, Amazon’s effect on the insurance industry, and assessing responsibility between tenant and landlord.
New-York based insurance company Jetty asks customers a single question to get them a quote: “What’s your address?” The company, founded in 2016, has a tech focus and offers property protection for issues like bed bugs and liability coverage for Airbnb hosting. The company’s Passport Lease also helps prospective renters who can’t meet a property’s salary requirements and don’t have a co-signer or guarantor. Quiddity talked with Luke Cohler, Jetty’s co-founder and president, about power-ups, the freedoms of young companies, and getting reliable financial institutions on your side.
Gotham Brokerage’s Jeff Schneider knows Gotham better than Batman.
Americans have come a long way since Swanson TV Dinners, Pillsbury Space Food Sticks, and Jell-O salads. Cuisinart founder Carl Sontheimer played a role in that transition. In 1973, he introduced the country to the food processor, and it drew praise from experts like Julia Child and James Beard. Within a decade, the gadget was a kitchen staple. Cuisinart continued innovating, expanding to offer a vast product catalog with such novelties as indoor grillers, a food dehydrator, and a snow cone maker. Forty-plus years—and one acquisition by Conair—later, Cuisinart is still committed to its original goal: arming at-home chefs with tools that make gourmet cooking accessible, fun, and rewarding. Quiddity spoke to Mary Rodgers, Director of Marketing and Communications at Cuisinart, about the brand’s approach to fulfilling unmet needs, marrying functionality and aesthetics, and the evolution of American cooking at home.