Roderick Phillips had always been an inventor, but it was the letter of encouragement his wife left him when she passed away in 2009 that inspired him to finally take the leap from tinkerer's prototype to marketable product. Together with his daughter Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, he created Upper Desk in 2013 to bring innovative new technology accessories to market. Their product line meets the needs of smart phone and tablet computer users; helping people put technology where they need it.

Along the way Rod and Stephanie received help from the Engineering Development Services of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center with their first product: a portable bracket that conveniently mounts a tablet under a cabinet or shelf. The SBDC assisted with patent research and product development guidance; and aided in some design for product concepts still in the development pipeline. They also attended SBDC educational programs to expand their knowledge of business development and marketing.

In 2014 their "Portable Cabinet Mount for Tablets and Smart Devices" was an Innovation Award finalist at the International Home + Housewares Show and won the Best of Class Gold Award at the National Hardware Show.