Jon Beekman realized that when it came to buying gifts for women, there were dozens of sites and options, but nothing strictly for men.
Beekman and a few friends began Man Crates in Beekman’s Palo Alto apartment. No one was paid a dime because everything was being invested back into the company.
A few early investors in 2012 enabled Beekman to start receiving a small salary, but the second round of investors came in with $2.5 million in 2014.
The company offers gift packages for men that come in a wooden crate that they can open with a crowbar. Packages range from $20 to nearly $200. Every year, Man Crates also puts out a beef jerky advent calendar for the holidays.
Man Crates maintains a corporate office in San Mateo, California.