About Us

Our Mission

TheCubicle.us is a leading USA-based online specialty cube store committed to providing customers with a superior online shopping experience, excellent puzzle variety, and an innovative cubing experience. TheCubicle operates in New York and has served thousands of puzzle fans from beginners to world champions.

We pride ourselves on our innovative technologies, diverse lineup of speedcube lubricants, and record-breaking custom speedcubes.

With a team featuring some of the fastest cubers in the world, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands. Your satisfaction is guaranteed when you order from us.

Regardless of whether you are a competitive speedsolver or puzzle enthusiast, TheCubicle has something for you.

Our History

TheCubicle was launched in August of 2011 with a handful of popular World Cubing Association puzzles and a variety of hand-done custom mods. Over the years, we have been recognized as a major innovator and a top contributor in the speedcubing community.

Today, we remain a supportive and friendly business committed to constant improvement to find new ways to better serve our customers and community.

TheCubicle.us is owned and operated by Cubicle Enterprises LLC.

Our Name

Our name, TheCubicle, initially began as a simple play on the word "cube." Since then, it has also come to represent our strong work ethic and our drive to exceed expectations.

Our Team

Phil Yu - Co-Founder & CEO

Phil manages business development, innovation, and media at TheCubicle. His goal is to create new opportunities.

Phil is best known for being a one-handed specialist using the ZZ method. Phil was a dominant OH solver on the east coast in the early 2010s, and set a North American record average in August, 2012, which ranked 2nd in the world. During his competitive career, Phil published a series of tutorials on ZZ and helped inspire mainstream interest in the method. Outside of cubing, Phil likes racket sports, cute animals, and loud music.

phil@thecubicle.us 

James Chang - Co-Founder & COO

James manages operations and website development at TheCubicle. His goal is to create the coolest, user-friendly experience.

James first started cubing in the summer of 2007 after he witnessed a cube race at a summer camp talent show. He went on to learn the CFOP method, and has participated in competitions all over the east coast since 2010.

james@thecubicle.us 

Jeff Chang - Senior Applications Developer

Jeff is the applications developer at TheCubicle. His job is to develop the TheCubicle website and keep it running smoothly, as well as writing software to enable, support, and optimize back office operations such as order fulfillment, content management, and human resources management.

Jeff is an experienced full stack software developer with a keen interest in APIs and UI/UX design. He enjoys working with .NET and modern Javascript frameworks.

Rowe Hessler - Production Director

Rowe manages custom puzzle production at TheCubicle. His goal is to guarantee excellent workmanship of the highest quality.

Rowe has over a decade of competitive cubing experience, and is the current Northeast Champion in 3x3, and a former two-time United States 3x3 National Champion. Rowe started his cubing career in 2007, and has achieved 34 WCA records in 7 different events to date. Rowe is most well-known for his dominance in the 3x3 event in North America, having set the record of 11.04 seconds in 2009, and holding the record almost continuously until 2014 with an average time of 8.27. Rowe is also recognized for his world class achievements in the 2x2 cube, having set 3 world records in the event, as well as being crowned world champion in 2009.

rowe@thecubicle.us 

Damian Bias - E-commerce Director

Damian manages E-commerce operations at TheCubicle.us. His goal is to make sure everything is stocked well and run smoothly.

Damian is best known for his YouTube channel, Cubeologist, which he started around the same time he began cubing. His videos include educational beginner topics mixed with first impressions, in depth reviews, and competition videos. In addition to producing videos, Damian actively competes year-round along the east coast.

damian@thecubicle.us

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Chris Tran - Research & Development Director

Chris directs R&D and cubing innovations at TheCubicle. His goal is to develop new technologies people may not have thought of yet.

Chris started cubing in 2007, and is known for being the first person to complete the ZB method and the development of recognition techniques for ZBLL. He is also known for inventing ZZ-CT, a rare ZZ variant with unique steps. Chris is widely recognized for being the driving force in pioneering magnet technology, engineered lubricants, and plastic coating.

chris@thecubicle.us 

Chris Olson - Chief Videographer

Chris is the video producer and content manager at TheCubicle. His goal is to create entertaining media content with the sharpest quality.

A cuber for 9 years, Chris is well known for being a highly accomplished 2x2 solver, breaking three world records in 2013, winning back to back US National titles in 2012 and 2013, and earning a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.

Chris is also one of YouTube's most popular cubers, with a video selection of over 500 videos, which includes tutorials, reviews and cinematic cubing productions. Chris is also widely recognized for producing US Nationals highlight reels, some of cubing's most cinematic and polished projects. Recently, Chris created the popular documentary, Why We Cube, a piece detailing the competitive world of speedcubing and how it affects the lives of speedcubers.

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Jules Manalang - Wholesale Director

Jules coordinates wholesale deals and special orders at TheCubicle. His goal is to ensure our top quality goods get to as many people as possible.

Jules began cubing since late 2006, and is best known for being an early adopter of the Roux method. Over the years, Jules has released and maintained a number of tutorials on his method, including a video series, hundreds of example solves and an informational website. Jules is also secretly a caterpillar.

jules@thecubicle.us

Ashley Siemsen - Social Media Coordinator

Ashley coordinates social media and communications at TheCubicle. Her goal is to make sure everyone is updated and well informed.

Ashley began cubing in the early months of 2017 and is currently working on getting closer to a sub-20 average. Her goal is to eventually learn how to solve every WCA puzzle. Outside of work, Ashley stays on social media and cubes, which is still pretty much work but not really.

ashley@thecubicle.us