"What's The Deal With This Whole ThinkGeek Thingy?
ThinkGeek started as an idea. A simple idea to create and sell stuff that would appeal to the thousands of people out there who were on the front line and in the trenches as the Internet was forged. From programmers, engineers, students, lovers of open source, to the masses that helped create the behind-the-scenes Internet culture. ThinkGeek started as a way to serve a market that was passionate about technology. Three out of the four founding members started an ISP in the Northern Virginia area way way back in 1995. We couldn't afford Solaris, learned about a free UNIX-like OS, and spent almost an entire day downloading it onto over 50 floppies for installation on an old 486 laptop with no cd-rom (thanks Slackware!). After a few years with the ISP gig, the ThinkGeek idea popped into our heads, and, operating out of a spare room at the ISP office we setup shop and launched the site on Friday the 13th, 1999...
A month or so later we were Slashdotted. And promptly thereafter ThinkGeek was acquired by the good folks at Andover.Net who have since been acquired by the great folks at VA Software. Andover.Net eventually became OSTG - the central entry point for the Open Source community's favorite web sites such as ThinkGeek (hey that's us!), slashdot.org, linux.com, sourceforge.net, and freshmeat.net. Pretty nice company to be amongst, eh? We're pretty proud of it!
All the founding members are still in town, and we've continued to grow our product line, expand our staff (including several canines) and enhance the way we interface with customers. Who would have thought..."
This place is LOADED with geeky stuff. If you like geeky stuff ThinkGeek!