Belkin was founded in Hawthorne, California, in 1983 by current owner and CEO Chet Pipkin. The company designs and manufactures connectivity devices, as well as covers and cases for consumer electronics. The company has headquarters in Playa Vista, California, and has more than 1,000 employees in the US.
The company has been listed twice in the Inc, 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America. Belkin has major office around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, and Australia. In March of 2013. Belkin acquired competitor Linksys. The company has received backlash for paying persons to write fake positive reviews on Amazon and other websites regarding products that have problems or glitches to lessen the negative impact.
However, the company has also won numerous awards, including the 2009 Best Multi-room audio/video product from FlyWire, Best Idea award in 2009 from Businessweek, and multiple IF design awards in 2007 and 2008.