Designers, developers and investors building companies together from Seattle

A Boutique design, development company starter

We specialize in design, software development and investment

Our core skill lies in our ability to take a nascent concept from hack to initial prototype to a functional business quickly. We believe that design and development should always be tightly coupled and that attention to detail is a key competitive advantage for any software business.

Portfolio

Companies we've either started, invested in or worked on. Every one represents an incredible team of forward thinkers that we admire and learn from.

  • Scoutzie
    Scoutzie

    Marketplace for designers
    Co-founded by Curious Office

  • Zapd
    Zapd

    Make websites from your phone
    Founded company, acquired by RealSelf

  • Freak'n Genius
    Freak'n Genius

    Apps to share your creativity
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Contour
    Contour

    Wearable sports cameras
    Software development

  • Moz
    Moz.com

    Inbound marketing platform
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Inkd
    Inkd

    Print template marketplace
    Founded by Curious Office

  • ooBible
    ooBible

    eBible content platform
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Rouxbe
    Rouxbe

    Online cooking school
    Design and development work

  • Buuteeq
    Buuteeq

    Hotel management platform
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Shelfari
    Shelfari

    Acquired by Amazon
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Sparkbuy
    Sparkbuy

    Acquired by Google
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Wishpot
    Wishpot

    Acquired by Lockerz
    Design and development work

  • Bonanza
    Bonanza

    Shopping marketplace
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Elli
    Elli

    Wedding invitations and print
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Coolspotters
    Coolspotters

    Celebrity Style & Fashion Trends
    Investment by Curious Office

  • FeedDigest
    FeedDigest

    RSS feed service
    Investment by Curious Office

  • Glympse
    Glympse

    Location sharing app
    Mobile design work

  • RealSelf
    RealSelf

    Medical beauty website
    Acquired Zapd - mobile and site design

Studio

Conceived in 2005, Curious Office was established to incubate innovative online and mobile products leveraging small creative teams, limited budgets and extremely fast turn-around times. We are entrepreneurs ourselves and we respect the craft that is product creation. We believe that ideas are important but we prioritize attention to detail and execution excellence as it is often the little things that add up to big successes. These aren’t things we just talk about. We go to work each day building and financing our own ideas and we are held accountable ourselves by our customers who use our products. Working with Curious Office, you’ll find we try to help in a very three dimensional way. We help refine the story, help prioritize all aspects of execution and we help with financing and partnerships.

"We believe that every team member should be a 'product person' and that every founder should push every team member to be more creative." - Kelly Smith

Team

"Unique, valuable product ideas are often not obvious at first but tend to be the result of exceptional intuition married to an unusual ability to ship great prototypes quickly. In this sense, people really are the difference." - Adrian Hanauer
  • Kelly Smith

    Kelly is the co-founder of Curious Office and he leads the bulk of the investments and company incubating. As a designer/founder, he builds products and launches companies. Although a Seattle native, Kelly is currently the Vice President, Digital for Starbucks Coffee Company and is based in Shanghai China. Previously, he was the CEO and designer of Zapd, an Apple App of the Week, which raised $3.5 million in venture financing from a distinguished list of Northwest investors and entreprenuers. Zapd was acquired by RealSelf in 2013. He was also the founder of Imagekind, the first online venue to buy, sell or create original art prints. Imagekind was sold to Cafe Press in July 2008. In the late ’90s Kelly was co-founder of an early online video content initiative called RocketVox which was acquired by thePlatform (a Comcast company). He spent several years at RealNetworks and other pioneering companies in the digital video space. Kelly’s first exposure to the industry was as an early employee at Spry Inc who packaged and sold the first commercial version of a web browser in 1994 and which was based on the original Mosaic source code. Kelly takes an active interest in product design and development and is a painter in his spare time. He is also a TechStars mentor and a sometime speaker on design, start-ups and company building.

  • Adrian Hanauer

    Adrian Hanauer is a co-founder of Curious Office although he is best known as an owner and general manager of The Sounders FC professional soccer team. Under Hanauer’s leadership, the Sounders FC achieved remarkable success in the first two seasons as the Sounders became one of the most prolific football clubs in American. Seattle became the first team to win two consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships in 27 years and became just the second MLS expansion team to reach the playoffs and the first to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League in each of its first two years. Mr. Hanauer has over 15 years of business experience in a variety of industries and has invested in numerous early stage technology companies in gaming, advertising, infrastructure, and wireless communications. He has a great deal of “brick and mortar” business success. He was seed stage investor in aQuantive Inc, the largest interactive advertising company which was later acquired by Microsoft for $6 billion US, and he was also an early investor in Amazon.com. Mr. Hanauer is on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of History and Industry and Advisory Board of The University of Washington. He sits on the advisory board of The University of Washington Intercollegiate Sports Master’s Degree Program. He is involved in many organizations in Seattle. Mr. Hanauer has earned an Intercollegiate Sports Master’s degree program.

Want to get in touch?

You can also give us a call
+1 (206) 972-6600
Or send an email
kelly@curiousoffice.com

Find us at
190 34th Ave East
Seattle, WA