OROS is charting its course to the top of the startup scene, not just at home in Cincinnati, but on a larger scale nationally and even abroad. The company and its NASA-inspired apparel have been attracting investment, growing and scaling—both literally and figuratively—to heights as high as Everest.
This Cincinnati startup has officially arrived on the national scene, as co-founders Michael Markesbery and Rithvik Venna were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Retail & Commerce. The duo has served as an example of success in stories supporting that Ohio is the best place in the United States to launch a startup.
With strong sales and a national startup spotlight shining on the apparel company, Michael, Rithvik and a team of product designers, developers and sales pros quickly outgrew their original offices at Cincinnati’s Union Hall. Towards the end of 2017, OROS moved into a beautiful open space office in the small Pendleton neighborhood located on the east side of Over-The-Rhine.
Rithvik and Michael made the most of the move, outfitting the former warehouse space as their ultimate startup office—complete with features like comfy, colorful furniture, a showroom for their apparel, a ping pong table, projector, lounge area and much more.
Check out the video above to see what else went into Michael and Rithvik’s dream space as they take us around their beautiful Pendleton office.
What elements do you have—or wish you had—in your startup office? Is being able to shoot pool after coding for hours important to you, or just a potential distraction? Desk chair or medicine ball? Or standing desk?
Sound off in the comments below to let us know what amenities you think are crucial in building the ultimate startup office—and why!
About the Company: OROS has come a long way since its launch through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. We’ve been following all along, first after launching the brand with Interbrand as a member of the Brandery, a nationally ranked startup accelerator and southwest Ohio regional partner of Ohio Third Frontier. Next, we updated you following the company’s product line expansion following support and investment from NCT Ventures, another southwest regional partner of Ohio Third Frontier.
The company’s patented aerogel-infused insulation, SolarCore, is helping this innovative company redefine outerwear by keeping it lightweight and breathable. Aerogel technology, trusted by NASA to keep its astronauts in space suits protected in extreme conditions, allows OROS’ gear to remain lightweight, waterproof and breathable—something traditional insulants like goose feather can’t claim.