The Company

Located in San Francisco, California, humangear was founded in 2007 with a mission to develop "real gear for real humans."

At humangear, we spend a lot of time with people -- listening to their feedback, watching them use products, trying to understand their needs, and getting a deep appreciation for the experience at hand. We also spend a lot of time getting our hands dirty. We think if a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth many thousand pictures.

humangear is passionate about creating remarkable and responsible products that, at least in some small way, make the world a better place.


The Humans at the Company

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Chris Miksovsky, Chief Executive Human
Hi, I'm Chris. I'm the Chief Executive Human here at humangear. When I'm not coming up with clever titles for myself, I like to spend time designing humangear's products. I have a Masters in Engineering - Product Design from Stanford and worked for several years at IDEO before starting humangear in 2007.

Our design process starts with me looking up and out my desk window, putting a hand lightly to my chin, and thinking: "What if? What if the world had a better travel tube? What if we could revolutionize the portable utensil category? What if I had an even catchier title?" Then after a short while a brilliant idea pops into my head, I scribble it onto a napkin, and tell our amazing team to call me when it's on the shelf. When that method doesn't work, we spend countless hours obsessing over every millimeter of a product. We strive to make products that are simple, useful, considered, and hopefully even a bit delightful. Basically we try to give a damn about the things we make. I feel lucky to be at humangear and hope they never fire me.

I'm also a firm believer that there's more to life than work. In my free time I like to mountain bike, motorbike, go backpacking, and torture anyone nearby with my guitar playing. My favorite candy bar is a Reese's peanut butter cup. I wish they sold them in three packs called "Threese's." Call me when it's on the shelf.



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Katrin Ward, Head of Administration and Accounting
Hi, I'm Katrin. I handle humangear's administration and accounting--meaning that on any given day I may be working on our website, coordinating shipments with our warehouse, preparing documents for our CPA, or replenishing our coffee funds drawer. I drink a lot of coffee. I started working for humangear in 2011 when I moved to San Francisco to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. I'm not the first person to love balance sheets and literature, although I wouldn't call my file cabinet "my providence" like T.S. Eliot did. In addition to my work at humangear and writing short stories, I have another profession--I'm one of humangear's hand models. You can see my hands in action on the GoTote and GoBites webpages.

My husband and I live in Lower Nob Hill with our cat, Marlowe. I can often be spotted on the N Muni line with my thermos (did I say I drink a lot of coffee) and a book. I collect vinyl rock n' roll albums from the 1970s and Teddy Ruxpin books from my childhood--yes, that eerie but lovable talking bear still has a hold on me.


Jordan Hurder, Head of Operations and Sales
Hi, I'm Jordan. I handle humangear's sales and operations--stuff like keeping products in stock, figuring out how to better serve our retail and distribution partners, and making sure the office doesn't burn down. I usually have my face buried in a spreadsheet or ten, occasionally taking a break to name new coffee drinks ("Americarbo" = espresso shot + carbonated water). I live across the bay from San Francisco with my wife Justine and my bratty Siberian husky Neko (my coworkers are tired of me showing them photos of Neko on a daily basis). In my spare time, Justine and I run a small publishing company called "Chance Press," where we print and bind books by hand. I can also be found playing in a rock n' roll band or wandering around with Neko in the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Bay Area scenery (current favorite spot: Pine Mountain in Marin County).

I'm into my second decade in the outdoor/travel goods industry, which means I haven't worn a tie to work since, well, ever. I joined humangear in 2012, enticed by the strict "NO TIES" policy and the fact that Charles Bukowski's birthday is a company holiday. I really like it here, so I don't think the wrist cuff shackling me to my desk is necessary.



Cassidy Hersey, Customer Service and Support
Hi, I’m Cassidy. I handle all the customer service for humangear. If you have a problem, I’m the person here to say, “Don’t worry, we understand, everything will be alright!" 

I love talking to customers from all over the world and helping people get the answers they need as fast as humanly possible.

I was born in San Francisco and raised up north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, which means I'm a very special snowflake, thank you.  I love to garden, hike, bike, car camp, and explore the city, but I have an indoorsy side too, which usually involves baking bread, drawing, or reading the New York Times.