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Tuft & Needle is a bootstrapped, Phoenix-based company that pioneered the disruption of the mattress industry. Founded in 2012 by John-Thomas Marino, 32, and Daehee Park, 29, T&N is leading the revolution against unfair mattress markups, commission­-based sales models, and institutionalized greed by creating an exceptional, honestly-priced product. Having bypassed the option to raise outside capital, Tuft & Needle has nurtured the co­-founders’ personal investment of $6,000 into month-over-month profitability, outstanding customer satisfaction reviews, and remarkable growth.

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At a Glance
  • Founded in 2012
  • Founded by Daehee Park & JT Marino
  • Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ
  • Investors: none (bootstrapped company)

735 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Daehee Park


Daehee's background is in ecommerce and marketing. Prior to Tuft & Needle, he served as a consultant at Acxiom Corporation. Daehee received his bachelor’s degree in Security & Risk Analysis at Penn State University.

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JT Marino


John-Thomas (“JT”) Marino leads product and software development. With a passion for thoughtfully designed customer experiences, JT started his career at Hashrocket helping startups build just that. With roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, JT studied Computer Science at Penn State University.

Featured Press

  • Entrepreneur

    "Why Office Perks Are Traps, Not Benefits: Don't be seduced by an office with ping-pong tables and massage chairs."

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  • Forbes

    "How Mattress Startup Tuft & Needle Said No to VC Money and Opened Its First Store"

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  • Apartment Therapy

    "I am so obsessed with this mattress that I actually had to Google the thing where people become in love and want to marry inanimate objects"

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  • Consumer Reports

    "This well-priced foam mattress from Tuft & Needle has a number of good points, buy it for the bargain price and the very good support side sleeping support"

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  • Buzzfeed

    "...so comfortable, you may never want to sleep on anything else again."

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  • Real Simple

    "This mattress was the perfect combination of cozy and firm"

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  • Forbes

    Daehee Park, 2018 30 Under 30

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  • Recode

    JT Marino and Daehee Park, The Recode 100

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  • Thrive Global

    "...our company retreat is not the place to create new objectives or goals. This is the place to reset and reevaluate"

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  • "Phoenix-based Tuft & Needle made a splash in the mattress industry, by doing things their own way."

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