At Karma, we’re trying to revolutionize the way people get online. There’s a whole very flawed system of internet providers out there, and we want to be part of the solution to the problem. Here in NYC and all over the country, other startups are boldly tackling other broken industries, solving problems, and thinking in really innovative ways to challenge a status quo. Today, we’re featuring one you might already know about: Casper.

Startups are boldly tackling other broken industries, solving problems, and thinking in really innovative ways to challenge a status quo.

Who would have thought a mattress could cause such a ruckus? That’s exactly the brilliant idea behind Casper, a new mattress company headquartered right down the street from us in NYC. They make a mattress that isn’t just comfy to sleep on; it’s handmade in the USA, it follows one transparent pricing model (no weird arbitrary markups or used-car-salesman tactics like you’ll find at your standard big mattress store), and it arrives in a big striped box via free shipping. That’s right—you’ll never have to strap a mattress to the roof of your car again.

We love that Casper is doing something completely different, and making mattresses sort of, well, sexy. Disrupting a decades-old industry isn’t easy (we should know). So we stopped by the Casper HQ to find a little bit more about their office culture and what really sets them apart. Turns out having fun at work can go a long way in differentiating your company from the corporate giants.

Casper's friendly lobbyCasper's friendly lobby

What happens on the sample mattress in the showroom? Does it get any action?
Couples get in bed together all the time, but we can't confirm what happens under the covers. We give all visitors time behind closed doors in the Casper bedroom. We have witnessed (and taken) several afternoon power naps!

If you had one million dollars to spend just on making your office amazing, what are the first three things you would buy?
A movie theater made of mattresses.
A conference room blanket fort.
Bedicles. Like cubicles, made of beds.

Casper's office is coffee-obsessed. Here's their iced coffee tap.Casper's office is coffee-obsessed. Here's their iced coffee tap.

What’s the one thing people just don’t get about your company that's super annoying?
We're not a friendly ghost. We're a friendly mattress.

How do you communicate in the office internally?
Only through animated GIFs.

Casper's waiting area is like a cozy living room.Casper's waiting area is like a cozy living room.

What’s one thing about your company culture that would disturb or surprise others?
We are encouraged to sleep in.

What's been the best / strangest office request?
Slippers for getting around the office. We're working on it.

Yes, more coffee, this time a Chemex glass coffeemakerYes, more coffee, this time a Chemex glass coffeemaker

Biggest (and most embarrassing) office Overshare moment?
We talk a lot about what we do in bed. But we never sleep and tell.

What's a common thing on everyone's nightstand?
A Casper mug of coffee.


About Liz Furze

The gal who won't stop posting Beyoncé gifs in work-related chat rooms