Weekly Wrap Up - Deal Me
29 Nov 2016
Did you get all of your holiday shopping done? Did you pants expand because of the food marathon that is Thanksgiving and then shrink because of the shopping marathon that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
We feel a little lighter ourselves, to be honest. As mentioned before, we threw everything and the kitchen sink—which in hindsight we should have probably kept—into Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for all you kiddos to gobble up. And like a newly-pardoned turkey, gobble, gobble you did. So many Sphero 2.0s, BB-8s, Force Bands, SPRK+s, Ollies and Darksides went out the door faster than Spheroites on ice cream day.
If you missed out on the action, fret not—we still have plenty of deals and Holiday Bundles to get your robot on.
Our robots, that is. Not necessarily the dance. Well, ok the dance too.
A Day In The Life: Jake Bendrick
Q. Alright, for those who don’t know you—and that’s only a small few—mind telling us your name and title here?
A. My name is Jake. I am Director of Operations.
Q. Hi, Jake. So what do you do at Sphero every day?
A. Logistics. Customer service. Other things.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you can offer for those looking to get into the same thing?
A. Don't smoke.
Q. Hear that, kids? What are you currently working on?
A. I am working on a lot of things.
Q. A man of few words. What is your favorite aspect of working at Sphero?
A. The words on the wall in our building. One of the phrases is "Creativity takes Courage." It's hilarious. I laugh and laugh every time I read it.
Q. I thought I kept hearing someone crying in the hallways. Do you have a favorite bot?
A. Sphero original. I remember checking the very first units to come out of a Sphero box in 2011. It was like seeing the first primate stand up on two legs. Everything else came from there.
Q. What do like to do outside of Sphero?
A. I enjoy making sculptures of woodland creatures attached to wood and sometimes I add glitter to make the piece really "pop." I also am hoping to create collectible sporks. Some people collect different spoons with states associated with them. I would like to do sporks of every county in the USA.
Q. I’m intrigued. What do you enjoy most about living in Colorado?
A. It's better than living in Nebraska but the mountains are so crowded I usually head north if I want to get outdoors. Going to the mountains in Colorado is like being part of a zombie movie where the zombies are yuppies and I'm really sick of zombie movies since they were already tired in 2004, not to mention 2016.
Q. Can you recommend a favorite yuppie-less spot?
A. I don't really have a recommendation or a favorite spot.
Q. Right me neither. Last question—what can you share about yourself most of us don’t know?
A. I don't really like Game of Thrones at this point. They jumped the shark. You can only try to shock me so many times before I'm desensitized to it. Rather than adding depth to the story and world they've created, they kill off likable characters and hope that the internet blows up. Not great, in my opinion.