Behind the Scenes...How LEVO Came to Be

The story behind and its inception is one that epitomizes the adage – “opposites attract.” This phrase couldn’t be truer when it comes to Dave and Nan Simon, who have been married for fifteen years and have two children together, Molly and Brock. Dave and Nan created to bring uniquely patented, hands-free stands for tablets, books, and e-readers to the masses.

Dave is an entrepreneur and inventor who touts that he’s only ever had one job, and that was the four years in which he worked as a bartender while he attended Wayne State University in Detroit. Nan, on the other end of the spectrum, had always worked in the corporate world as an attorney. She grew up in Lakeland and attended Florida State University, before joining the FBI for a five-year stint of chasing bad guys in Chicago. Who would have thought those two backgrounds could ever mesh in a single business?

Their story goes like this:

Dave first harnessed and nurtured his entrepreneurial spirit at the young age of 14. His dream was to have a custom furniture shop, but that quickly evolved into plastics as he encountered a problem he needed to solve - he wanted to build furniture for his pet birds, but they kept chewing through them. His solution was to design a machine that could apply a wood grain texture on PVC pipe.

Initially, Dave created his own machinery and products in his basement before a friend with an injection molding machine shop allowed him to use $50,000 worth of equipment. This auspicious turn of events allowed him to streamline his process and within a year, he had both paid back the cost of the equipment he used and helped to create the Parrot Tower, which was the best-selling bird gym in the United States for many years!

In 1988, he founded the company that would eventually become PetStockRoom which was
A direct-to-consumer Internet and catalog retailer. After Nan left the FBI in 2003 and joined Dave in business full-time, the company quickly grew to fill an 80+ page catalog containing thousands of items. In just the first 40 pages alone, inventions that Dave and Nan had designed were featured. Dave and Nan sold PetStockRoom and its corresponding website in the mid-2000s. But a few years earlier, they had developed a separate invention that would eventually become their bread and butter.

In 1998, The Levo Bookholder Company was formed. Although Dave and Nan felt their book holder was a great invention, PetStockRoom consumed most of their time. When PetStockRoom was sold, they were able to shift their focus to the Levo Company, allowing room for new ideas and inventions to be born. With the introduction of tablets to the marketplace and the rise of tech savvy consumers, they decided to take the book holder and design it to accommodate tablets. Thus, the Levo Brand was born, becoming the first true, hands-free experience that didn't require a desktop to hold one’s tablet hands-free!

Since then, has designed and developed many life enhancing inventions for individuals of all ages. Their products are used world-wide and have been praised by medical communities, schools, professionals and consumers throughout the world. With their “sky is the limit” attitude, new ideas and inventions are always on the drawing board and they are continually designing cutting-edge solutions to technological advances in our tech savvy world.
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iPad pro

Works great I got the new 12” iPad Pro the Face ID didn’t work so I took my dremel and inlarged the hole now it works fine. As far as the pencil I will remove the top clamp or just keep it in the raised position.

Thanks for your review. Have you tried removing the top Clamping End? If you do, your pencil will sit nicely on your iPad. I included an image that shows the top Clamping End removed. To remove it, hold the Clamping ARMS in one hand while tugging the Clamping End towards the center of the platform. It slides in that direction. Here's a link to an image showing the Clamping End removed on top. Happy Holidays! Dave
Again, I score an A for Achievement in giving the perfect gifts to two special people

I bought the G2 Tablet stand as a birthday present for my busy professional sister a couple of years ago. She loved it and so did her husband who began using it regularly. My brother-in-law said that one of his favorite things to do is to use the Levo tablet stand to read online magazines and the newspaper while lounging in the bathtub with a glass of wine.

Additional observation of my sister has revealed that she does a lot of laptop work sitting up in bed, along with reading books. When I saw the new Levo laptop stand I knew that it would be the perfect new Christmas present. I immediately ordered it with the added book kit. In addition, I upgraded the previous tablet stand with the new dual clamp tablet cradle, adding the interchangeable book cradle. Today my brother-in-law called and reported that the new Levos have been assembled, are in use and they feel very happy.

Really...I can not wait to see what you next create.

Hi. Thanks for being such a fan of LEVO. I’m so glad your sister is putting your gift to good use. What will we work on next? Hmmm…. We have a new LEVO Music Stand in the works. Several musicians are envisioning a LEVO set on the side of their keyboard extending to the center. So, were taking a serious look.
Best on the market

I have had two other products before this one. All others broke within the first 6 months. After two+ years this product is still in great working order. I recently bought the new clamping part; a great improvement. I recently purchased another stand for a friend that recently bought an iPad. If you own an iPad, you need to buy this stand. Great product.

Great Product!

The stand is solidly built, and is almost endlessly adjustable. Very easy to set up and use. Thanks!

Perfect gift for my son and family.

I have had a LEVO stand for years and use it daily. I sent one to my son and family as a gift and have a feeling every member in the family will soon have their own! Hands free for reading, games, streaming, and typing is the only way to go. The simple adjustments to height and tilt, and movement around the room, reduces eye, neck and arm strain. The base is very heavy so it is not easily moved up and down stairs, suggest getting one for each floor. The solid base provides stability so it is definitely necessary. I can’t say enough positive about this product or the service from the company.