Maarten Bodewes and Dimitri O co-founded Loop Earplugs at the end of 2016. Nightlife lovers suffering from tinnitus, they sampled every earplug on the market – and were left wanting more. Frustrated and inspired in equal measure, the childhood best friends, both graduated as engineers, left steady jobs behind to embark on a new adventure. Loop was born.
Initially, the brand catered primarily to concert and festival goers, and The New York Times called Loops ‘the best earplugs for concerts.’ Then Covid hit and the company changed course, responding to a growing fan base of users hailing from all walks of life. People relying on Loops for sleep, focus, noise sensitivity, live music, travel, parenting and more.
Loop’s growth has exploded ever since. The company reported revenue of €42 million in 2022, with 350% growth and over 2 million sets of earplugs sold in a single year. Loop was named the fastest-growing Belgian tech company by the Deloitte Fast 50, with sales growth of 15,275% since 2018. Loop was also a LinkedIn Top Start-up in 2022.
There are now 200 full-time employees at Loop. Winner of the 2022 Employee Engagement Award, the company has now expanded into China and Japan. With headquarters in Antwerp and hubs in Amsterdam, New York and Shanghai.
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Loop Earplugs' Co-Founders Maarten Bodewes & Dimitri O.
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