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It’s a handle! It’s a stand! Gerp is a universal grip for tablets, mobile devices & more. Gerp gets a grip on your gadgets!

Every now and then a product comes along that redefines how things are done. Think about how you typically hold your tablet. Do you have both hands gripped on either side of the screen, letting one loose to swipe or type? Perhaps, you’ve perfected a cockeyed hold, like gripping one edge while supporting the tablet with a forearm? Maybe it’s a combination of changing hand positions just trying to find the most comfortable one?

Introducing Gerp. What’s a Gerp? Simply put, Gerp gets a grip on your gadgets. Gerp is an ergonomic grip and versatile stand for tablets, mobile devices & more. What sets the Gerp apart from all the other grips is its ergonomic and universal design. Our patented design features a pistol-style grip (which reduce stress and fatigue on your hands and wrists by working a larger muscle group), and a secure-suction mount, which attaches to any tablet, large-screen phone or any other item that has a smooth, flat, non-porous surface.

How does it work? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Another great feature of Gerp is its simplicity. You just attach the Gerp suction device to a flat surface (like the back of your iPad® or tablet) then adjust the ratchet until it has a tight hold and you’re done. To remove, just squeeze the ratchet until you hear a pop, twist and pull. Gerp does not require any alterations to your device and it’s ready to go right out of the box. It’s just that easy.

The journey of Gerp began about 13 years ago, pre-tablet era. Our founder, Paul, conceived the idea one Sunday afternoon while eating a heaping plate of nachos on the sofa, watching football with his buddies. Feeling the strain in his wrists from the weight of the overloaded plate, he wanted a better grip. He balled up his fist and placed it underneath the plate. This balancing act relieved the strain; however, visions of cleaning nacho cheese out of the carpet exposed the impracticality of this unsecured grip. Using an old wooden bird perch and some epoxy he retrofitted the first incarnation of Gerp.

12 years later Paul began using a tablet and stylus for his design work. Suddenly that old bird-perch-plate sparked an idea. In March of 2013, Gerp launched with a prototype tablet grip made from spare parts around the house. The prototype worked so well; we couldn’t believe there wasn’t anything like it already on the market. In the last 9 months, we invested every dollar and every spare moment to take Gerp from an idea to a business with product shipping in time for Christmas 2013.

Today we’re asking for your help to spread the word about Gerp either by pledging financially or sharing what we think is a cool product to your friends and family. Even just a few clicks or shares will go a long way in helping us get a great locally made product out to the world.

Thanks for your support!

Premiums & Pledge Levels

Gerp On! ($1)

Thank you for your support! We appreciate any contribution you can make!

Gerp Groupie ($15)

The iconic Power Grip logo printed on a black Next Level 60/40 activewear t-shirt. Spread the word of Gerp at the gym, on a run, or at the local watering hole! Sizes: Small - XX-Large.

Gerp Founder’s Club ($25)

In most cases, gaining access to the inner circle of an organization’s Founder’s Club requires a hefty check. That’s not how we roll! For your pledge you will get a first edition packaged Gerp shipped by Christmas, 2013 at the discounted price of $25. Not only do you save $10 off the retail price, you’ll be lavished with Founder’s Club discounts and rewards going forward. As a Founder’s Club member you’ll gain exclusive access to Gerp contests, events and news, as a thank you for being one of the first Gerpologists!

Gerp – Get a Gerp ($32)

If you didn’t get in on the Founder’s Club, we still reward you with a nice discount off retail, plus free shipping in the U.S. for being one the early adopters of Gerp. Upon successful funding, your packaged Gerp will ship by Christmas 2013. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Gerp – Liquid Lightning Carbon ($50)

Oregon Duck fans this is the ultimate Gerp design! We’ve partnered with Hydro Graphics, Inc. (the same company the Oregon Ducks, other collegiate teams, and NFL teams use to apply liquid graphics to football helmets) to design your Gerp with a custom lightening-yellow and black carbon-fiber stitch pattern, modeled after the Liquid Lightning Duck Helmet. Your Liquid Lightning Gerp will make you the envy of fellow Duck fans with this eye-popping color scheme. This reward is extremely limited and comes with free shipping in the US. Upon successful funding, your packaged Gerp will ship by Christmas 2013. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Gerp – Hydro-Orange Carbon ($50)

Oregon State fans this is the ultimate Gerp design! We’ve partnered with Hydro Graphics, Inc. (the same company the OSU Beavers, other collegiate teams, and NFL teams use to apply liquid graphics to football helmets) to design your Gerp with a custom Hydro-Orange and black carbon-fiber stitch pattern, modeled after the OSU Orange Hydro helmet . Your Hydro-Orange Gerp will make you the envy of fellow Beaver fans. This reward is extremely limited and comes with free shipping in the US. Upon successful funding, your packaged Gerp will ship by Christmas 2013. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Gerp – Digital Camo ($50)

Past and present Armed Services members & Hunters this is the ultimate Gerp for you! We’ve partnered with Oregon based Hydro Graphics, Inc. to design your Gerp with a custom Liquid Digital Camouflage pattern. Your Liquid Digital Camo Gerp will make you the envy of your friends. This reward is extremely limited and comes with free shipping in the US. Upon successful funding, your packaged Gerp will ship by Christmas 2013. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Gerp – Give a Gerp (3-Gerps) ($90)

Give the gift of Gerp this holiday season! This reward entitles you to 3 generously-discounted, first-edition Gerps to keep for yourself or to give as gifts. Upon successful funding, your 3 packaged Gerps will ship by Christmas 2013. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Gerp – Ambassador Program (10-Gerps) ($200)

Spread your love of Gerp by getting 10 Gerps at wholesale rates! Gerp makes a great corporate or personal gift for the gadget junkies in your life. Do you have a small retail store? This is the perfect opportunity to show your customers what Gerp is all about. Gerp’s suggested retail is $34.99. Upon successful funding, your 10 Gerps will ship by Christmas 2013 in retail-ready packaging. You’ll also be kept in the loop for upcoming contests and events as well as special discounts for our early adopters!

Product Specifications

  • Color: Base & Grip: Black, Suction Mount: Clear
  • Weight Approximately 4.4oz (125g)
  • Approximately 6.75” (171mm) x 2.65” (68mm) x 2.65” (68mm)
  • Material: ABS and Glass Filled Nylon
  • Matte finish with non-slip grip texture
  • Adjustable Locking Ratchet
  • Tooled Gerp Logo on Handle

Gerp-able Devices

  • iPad
  • iPad Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 1, 2
  • Samsung S3 & S4
  • Samsung 7” Tab3
  • Samsung 8” Note tablet
  • Nokia tablets
  • Kindle HD
  • Sony Tablet
  • It also works on the Microsoft Surface

MANUFACTURING PLAN

We are committed to Gerp being a “Made in the USA” product. Going one step further, we have kept all aspects of Gerp, from design, tooling, branding, legal, web development, packaging, printing, manufacturing, right down to our crowd-funding partner, local to the NW. A rarity these days but we are Portland natives and we knew the talent and resources we had at arm’s length. We partnered with AIMMCO in Woodland, WA for our tooling and manufacturing. Creating this local partnership allowed us to go from a self-built prototype to our first production run in 8 months. We were onsite for the designing, material testing, redesigns and quality control during the entire process. We currently have the first 1500 Gerp units in the final assembly stage of production and are scheduled to receive the units by November 29th, 2013.

RISKS & CHALLENGES

Risks and challenges to this specific Crowd Supply project are minimal. The only possible delay we foresee in shipping rewards would be if our packaging partner bumped our production slot for an emergency holiday-related job for another client. Our manufacturer assured us this would not happen; however, we have a back-up packaging manufacturer lined up.

Oh, and remember that plate with the Gerp attached? Not only is Gerp great for tablets, it also works on porcelain & china plates, serving platters, glass, such as a stuck window in need of some leverage; in fact Gerp can be a great multi-tool for many household uses!

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Gerp

Gerp was born from a simple concept to create a better way to use the gadgets in our daily lives.

Paul Liniger

Founder & CEO

Rob Liniger