MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two Geneva natives and a third partner are in some heady company.
Jake Reisch and Matt Reiners, along with Devin Jameson, have been named to Forbes‘ 30 Under 30, which the magazine describes as “our annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different industries.”
The three were honored in the Consumer Technology category for their company Eversound.
“We are grateful to be recognized as one of the up-and-coming companies and teams,” Reiners said last week. “We are striving to make the world a better place. It’s humbling to be recognized.”
Reiners said his “team idolizes those that are named to the list each year. With our recent traction, we thought we might have a chance to bestow the honor.”
He was right.
Reiners said they “went through a rigorous interview process and came out fortunate on the other end.”
Reisch and Reiners first gained local fame for their company Party Headphones, which they founded in 2013 while Reisch and Jameson were students at Cornell University. The company’s group-listening system provides wireless headphone systems for “silent disco” parties where music is played only through wireless headphones.
They took that headphone technology into Eversound, targeting senior citizens who have difficulty hearing well in group events such as movies, presentations and meetings, where traditional audio is used. Some folks can’t hear the audio well — and they may not wear hearing aids — while others want the sound turned down because they do wear them, Reiners told the Finger Lakes Times in 2016. Using headphones specifically designed for seniors that can be adjusted for an individual’s comfort can solve that problem, he said.
Jameson, a native of Los Angeles, was recently given a co-founder title, said Reiners, a Fredonia grad.
Here is what Forbes had to say about the three:
“Jake Reisch, Matt Reiners, and Devin Jameson were already dubbed The Headphone Guys after they first created a pair of headphones for silent discos. Then they realized headphones could serve more than just music-oriented youth — they could also develop a better pair to help seniors hear better and become more engaged in retirement homes. Eversound designed new ergonomic wireless headphones for those 75 and up to help combat social isolation and improve quality of life. A graduate of Cornell University’s eLab Accelerator, Eversound launched in November 2016 and has already provided more than 30,000 older adults with access to quality sound.”
The Forbes 30 Under 30 are, according to the magazine, “30 game changers in 20 industries, all under 30 years old and part of “the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.”
The list features 20 categories with 30 honorees on topics ranging from music to sports to healthcare to entertainment.
The magazine said it received 15,000-plus nominations for the 600 spots, meaning less than 4 percent were chosen.
In 2016, Reisch and Reiners, both 2007 graduates of Geneva High School, were named the 2016 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the New England region.