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Ruby Receptionists

Ruby Receptionists

One of the biggest challenges facing small business owners — especially those running a virtual office — is finding someone to man the phones. Ruby Receptionists is a Portland-based company that seeks to help with this problem by providing a team of friendly, trained virtual receptionists who can answer your company's phone calls, forward them to you, send calls to voicemail, and even transcribe important messages and deliver them via email should you be tied up taking care of another project. It's not just cheaper than hiring an on-site receptionist — it also eliminates any chance of your colleagues becoming overly enamored with the new help. [Thanks, Greg]

  • Herman Miller Envelop Desk

    It's an interesting question: why, when you, your chair, and sometimes even your computer move throughout the day, does your desk stay put? Herman Miller found it curious as well, and developed the Envelop Desk ($TBA) as an answer. Able to work with any seat but best paired with the company's Embody Chair, the Envelop's suface moves towards and away from you with a smooth sliding motion, keeping your work area ergonomically friendly even when you're reclining. We had a chance to try one out this past week at CES, and foresee a few landing at Uncrate HQ in the very near future.

  • Mmmvelopes

    If you're the type of person that still sends correspondence via snail mail, and you like the taste of bacon — and really, who doesn't? — then you need to grab yourself some Mmmvelopes ($7/25). These standard-size, bacon-looking envelopes echew the nasty and potentially deadly glue of old for a new adhesive that tastes just like real bacon. Just don't forget the postage.