Engineers. Designers. Artists. Creatives…Altwork is the new way to work.
Altwork is a team of experienced technology professionals, long-time friends and family who’ve worked on everything from building the world’s fastest recumbent bicycle, to security software used by the US Government, to Burning Man art cars. We’ve created and built successful companies, winning multiple patents in the process. Basically, we like tough challenges with a healthy helping of fun, family and the occasional Zinfandel.
Over five years ago, one of our founders realized how much more productive and comfortable he was when he worked in a reclining position. This also allowed him more flexibility with the position of his keyboard and screen. This sparked an idea that grew and grew through many great conversations and sketches.
Then things got really interesting. After many prototypes, late nights, and $1.5M of angel and founder investment, we proudly present the Altwork Station—the first workstation ever that allows your computer to move with your body, instead of forcing your body to conform to the physical limitations of your computer.
The Altwork Station is an all-in-one solution that moves with you. Press a button to use your computer while sitting, standing, collaborating or in a reclined focus position—including a zero gravity option with the monitor above. For decades, sitting at work was standard; with Altwork, any position can be standard. You choose.
Our goal is to empower high-intensity computer users to be more productive and creative through greater workplace comfort and health. We know a workstation won’t put a human on mars, stop climate change, or cure cancer—but it’s our hope that we can provide a tool that will help the people accomplishing world-changing feats to get there faster by making them more productive and comfortable in their work.
We believe it’s time to move beyond obsolete tables and chairs that constrain our creativity and diminish our health.
We believe it’s time computers adapt to us, instead of challenging our bodies to adapt to them.
We believe it’s time for a new way to work.
Che Voigt is a founder and President of Altwork.
This startup is developing integrated furniture for digital professionals who use the computer as their primary creative tool. This company is founded on the idea that modern computers no longer need to be treated like typewriters and adding machines from a 100 years ago.
From 2005 to 2010, Che served as President of L-3 Communications, Sonoma EO, this division of L-3 markets, designs, produces and services ultra high performance stabilized imaging systems The division was formed in 2005. It was a unique merger of an existing L-3 division (Wescam-Sonoma) and a company that Che and his partners founded (Sonoma Design Group). Che, Al Voigt and John Speicher founded SDG. At the end of 1999, Che took over as President. The company developed its product and team rapidly, becoming a strategic acquisition in just 5 years.
Che began his career in aerospace at Versatron Corporation a company started out in his father’s garage and over the next 10 years became an innovation-driven aerospace development firm.
Che has been an active member of the North Bay Angel investment group starting in 1998 and currently serves as the Chair of its board of directors. Che has an active angel investor since 2005.
John Speicher is a founding CTO of Altwork.
It’s fair to say I like to work, I have many interests and many companies and patents to my credit.
I started working in my father’s factory when I was 12. My first business started at 13, rewinding slot car motors for racers at the local slot car track. By high school I was a proficient machinist, welder, and general metal fabricator. At 19 I completed a 2700 lb sports car using a purchased fiberglass Ford GT-40 replica body and 427 Chevy engine. I designed and built the frame, power train (4 speed, engine mounted sideways) and suspension systems. The car was reliable, only leaving me stopped on the side of the road once in 20 years of driving, the result of a little too much hard gear shifting.