NEW YORK (AP) — Quirky.com, a website that lets users collaborate on designing household products, is launching its first U.S.-manufactured item, a take on the traditional milk crate, on Wednesday.
The crates will be sold on the website Fab.com for the next seven days. Starting on July 1, they will be available at 400 Target stores around the country. Quirky is one of a growing number of startups based in New York as the city vies to rival Silicon Valley in becoming a technology hub.
Quirky lets people submit inventions that range from kitchen tools to cord organizers to bathroom accessories. The company's designers then work with Quirky's online members to develop their favorite products. Quirky keeps the rights to the products and the inventors and Quirky members get royalties.