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The Ōwners

(95% women owned)

Alisa Reynolds

Founder and co-owner.

I enjoy computer work AND I cherish my well being. So I am in a dilemma. Many of us are.

 

There are all kinds of ways we can impact our well being. Stationary work is one of the most impactful. Movement is equally impactful. In different ways obviously. 

During my years on the MINDBODY tech support team I found myself to be very concerned about the impact of stationary work on my body and whether my movement practices were sufficient to balance it all out. 

At that time I was in a yoga teacher training. I had the idea of bringing my yoga practice into my desk space and found that the current desk design paradigm was not very agreeable. Mostly it wasn't conducive for my floor work. I went into the training with extremely tight hips. Floor sitting was very difficult and painful for me.

 

The time we spent on the floor during book training was of the most important parts of my yoga teacher training. I made up my mind to do the work of reintroducing my body to the floor. It felt like a workout. It takes a lot of work for some of us to achieve a balanced seated posture. Floor sitting is a workout in it's own right. It's a wonderful part of our movement practice because it's a place we can really experience our posture habits, and muscular and skeletal imbalances. The whole body consents to a pain free balanced floor sitting practice. 

When I couldn't find the office furniture I needed I started building my own. I did really terrible design work at the beginning. I had little experience and relied on the local Home Depot crew for knowledge and materials. With practice and years of patience from the SLO Makerspace team I learned to design flat stackable easy to assemble office furniture.

Sherri Knight

Co-owner

Sherri works full time as a quality engineer for Hathway in San Luis Obispo. She has been working with computers and databases for somewhere around 25 years. She is super smart at it. There is a great story about the first bug she found... if you get a chance to ask her.

 

Someday maybe she'll share her side of it all... but what I think her side could be is that she saw me come up with a wild idea and she has been with me, rarely reluctantly, the whole way.

 

Imagine your partner coming home from Home Depot, with cheap plywood that Robb in the Building Materials department cut up for her, and declaring that she is going into the furniture business! Neither of us had any idea how this would unfold. She has been instrumental in my having the time, tools, materials, and space I needed to teese out my furniture design style and business skills. 

She is also a wonderful kid momma, plant momma, grammar lover, mystery solver, and a glass artist. 

Blake Beltram

Co-owner

You may recognize Blake as a MINDBODY Cofounder. He was the original founder and developer of the MINDBODY software, if I understand the story correctly. He's also been an actor, a carpenter, a mindfulness activist, and host of the Wellness Revolutionaries podcast.  

I met Blake in 2014 when I was an employee at MINDBODY. When he saw one of the original Buddhi Boxxes, and learned of its intention to integrate a yoga practice into my desk space, he began to be supportive of my entrepreneurial notions. I remember his saying "that idea has legs". I hadn't heard that term before. It was encouraging. We connect really well around big pictures and taking action. 

 

Five years later when I went to Blake with a need to level up and purchase my own tools he became the third co-owner of Ōtthsaw. I discuss the business with Blake regularly and benefit from his experiences and feedback. He was one of the loudest proponents of considering a rebrand from Buddhi Boxx to what eventually became Ōtthsaw.  

The General Timeline

January 2014   I, Alisa, Started Yoga Teacher Training
May 2014   I started a desk yoga practice on my Buddhi Boxx and conceived the usefulness of a business of making these things available to others. 
Early 2015   I finally got us the nerve to walk into SLO Makerspace. I started learning to use the woodshop tools and the laser engraver. I built several while problem solving product size and shipping expenses. I built a new one every time a coworker asked to use mine. Product viability was proven there. I received feedback about taking better pictures and embarked on learning about marketing tools too. 
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Late 2015   I got pretty obsessed with photography and graphic software. Canva and photoshop to the rescue. I left MINDBODY full of tenacity about kicking off a future of desk yoga healing. The SLO Makerspace closed right after I shipped to my first customer. It seemed like they kept telling me two more weeks until around May 2016. It gave me time to day dream and problem solve.
Mid 2016   I had been working on some version of an extremely basic leaning work space since the 1990s. Then it was an easel - just wood and screws. The problem I kept running into was what happens to the shelf when the body of the desk leans. That lean is what keeps it from falling forward AND things slide off of leaning shelves.  I put it off for years. Mid 2016 I befriended the miter saw and I could then start using angles differently. My adjustable desks came into existence then.  
More later.