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Who’s Behind Budley’s Mission to Untangle Earbuds?

Budley’s Two Founders

Budley Co-founders John Desautels and Katherine Burks

Inspired at the gym while untangling his own earbuds, John Desautels, our talented product designer, sought to relieve the frustration of dealing with tangled earbuds with a new earphone case design.

After ordering our first prototype in 2014, we worked through development of Budley’s design, filing for our patent, early challenges with sourcing manufacturing, passing product testing (Intertek), and much more.

Katherine Burks has led the charge to get Budley into the world. While John has over 30 years of experience in product design and development, Katherine is experiencing the exciting adventure of learning about all aspects of working on a new product from concept to market. And on a lean “bootstrapping budget!” Aligned with her calling for mentoring young people, she’s welcomed and worked with a number of interns and graduate students on Budley’s development.

It Takes a Village to Bring an Earbud Case to Market

We’re very grateful to all of the people who have helped Budley grow:

  • Our early adopters, champions, and amazing support of friends and family 
  • The students that have contributed their time and talent 
  • Our support team of independent professionals 
  • World Key Services assistance - helping grow our relationships with our manufacturers 
  • Northwest Innovation Resource Center - providing mentorship and support