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オフィス家具のスタートアップは、どのように規模を拡大して新たな成長の高みに立てたのか?

Learn how we helped EY Entrepreneur of The Year® winner VARIDESK choose the right growth strategies to take the office desk from one-size-fits-all to unlimited growth.

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What is the right path to accelerate growth?

The most direct line goes straight to the customer.

わずか数年前まで、企業はオフィス家具を伝統的な供給チャンネルに依存してきました。机、照明、作業台は機能が大幅に標準化され、選択肢も限られていました。こうした状況は、VARIDESKの共同創業者が自分の机で坐骨(ざこつ)神経痛に悩み、アイデアを思いついたときに変わりました。彼は、机の上に段ボールの箱を置くことでノートPCを高い場所に置き、立ったままで事ができるようにしました。これにより彼は、机の前に立てるようにするための製品を設計しました。この製品は機能的で、彼を悩ませていた痛みを和らげました。

VARIDESKの高さ調整が可能な最初のデスクトップ製品、そしてその後の市場での販売は、業界に新たな幕開けをもたらしました。

“Back pain is the second leading cause of absenteeism at work,” according to VARIDESK CFO Craig Storey. “The idea was born out of back pain but led to a company that creates products and office solutions that change the way people work around the world.”

The original desktop converter was just the start. Company co-founders Dan Flaherty and Jason McCann are on a path to simplify how businesses buy office furniture by turning the dealer distribution model upside-down by selling direct to consumers online. “What’s best for the customer?” became the focus for future product development and improvements. The answers came from the customers themselves, forging a strong identity centered on transparency and a model for continual customer feedback as VARIDESK grew into an office furniture company with a full suite of simple, agile products – from electric standing desks and storage, to moveable walls and lighting.

From “back pains” to “growing pains”

The EY Growth Barometer Survey indicates that US companies lead the world in innovation through customer centricity – a finding mirrored by VARIDESK’s rapid growth trajectory. Quality, innovation and customer collaboration were significant drivers as the company expanded its product line to include additional versions of the quick-to-assemble conference room furniture, seating solutions and lighting accessories. The transition from desk-on-top-of-desk products to a suite of full-office solutions, including movable walls, demonstrate VARIDESK’s mission to make the workplace a happier, healthier and more productive place.

As VARIDESK’s fan base grew beyond the U.S., and the company began to scale globally, complex business issues arose. Keeping up, and ahead of, rapid growth required a trusted business advisor.

“EY has been recognizing, supporting and guiding high-growth entrepreneurs for more than 30 years,” said Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader Debra von Storch. “It’s my job to help accelerate a company’s growth; to help them achieve their strategy and purpose.”

Craig Storey, CFO, VARIDESK and Debra Von Storch, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader

With VARIDESK’s impressive trajectory and ensuing business needs, von Storch and her team stepped in to help align the company’s organizational structure with its growth strategies.

“When we first met, we had pressing needs related to tax structure in the global market,” said Storey. “We needed to manage risk and avoid unnecessary exposure,” he said. “Everyone on the EY team was very responsive and helped us navigate what is normally a painstaking process.”

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Defining growth goals, setting up the right corporate structure, developing supportive capital strategies and outlining the best talent acquisition methods were additional priorities addressed by the EY team.

According to Storey, in addition to providing exceptional service on these complex projects, the EY team was very proactive in keeping VARIDESK ahead of potential issues as their growth continued at a break-neck pace.

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A trusted business advisor is a collaborator for growth

The value lies in speed and connections.

As VARIDESK expanded its product line and market share and looked to its next growth phase, von Storch’s team brought additional value to the relationship.

“When you work with EY, they provide value over and beyond what’s in the engagement letter,” said Storey. “Debra brought more keys to more doors than I ever could have expected. We look for nimble collaborators, and for customer-focused partners that understand a real sense of urgency and match our speed. The EY team was always willing to make an introduction, provide a piece of research or grind through strategy with us. Their work is evident in our accelerated growth over the past two years.”

In 2017, McCann and Flaherty won the U.S. Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award. This opened more doors, connecting them to a new community of the most impressive leaders in business. The EY team continues to play a vital role in making introductions and creating connections that result in breakthrough go-to-market strategies.

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What exponential growth looks like

VARIDESK’s approach is transforming office furniture, commercial real estate and the active work environment.

With a laser focus on transforming the office furniture and design industry, VARIDESK continues to innovate. “We’re enabling flexible, nimble, active offices that can be assembled in less than five minutes – with no tools – to meet any company’s changing needs,” said Storey. VARIDESK’s nearly 300 employees have sold more than two million units in 130 countries and to 98 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. With the right growth plan in place, the company is in a strong position to continue its path to success.

As VARIDESK’s trusted business advisor, von Storch keeps the question, “What is the best path to accelerate growth?” front and center. “Successful hyper-growth companies should consider questions about their business advisors, too,” said von Storch. “Are you culturally aligned to build something together? Are you getting canned or out of the box answers? Are services created in the context of where you are headed?”

With the right trusted business advisor, the path to growth is clear.

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