Kickstarter ends, but Spark lives on! Pre-order today!
Pre-order your Spark Socket now for $49 at sparkdevices.com
Today, our Kickstarter campaign comes to a close. Unfortunately we did not reach our funding goal, so your credit cards won’t be charged for the pledges you offered. However, we have great news – we are continuing the development and manufacturing of the Spark Socket, and we’re now taking pre-orders on our website for a new, lower price of $49, with discounts for larger orders!
To pre-order your Spark Sockets, visit our website at http://www.sparkdevices.com/. We still plan to deliver the product in Q3 2013, and one more benefit for you – we won’t be charging credit cards until we’re ready to ship the product.
Our team approached Kickstarter as both a crowd funding platform and a learning experience. Although we weren't able to hit our funding goal, we learned a lot of valuable information for our business and for our product, the Spark Socket. Perhaps most importantly, we learned that people are really excited about this product; more than 1,600 people put down their credit cards to get their hands on a Spark Socket, and offered to provide more than $125,000 of consumer funding. However, we set a high funding threshold because we didn't want to risk having insufficient funding to deliver the product.
Based on the great feedback we've received, we're moving forward with our business in the following ways:
1) We're continuing to crowdfund the Spark Socket, but this time on our own terms. We are now accepting pre-orders on our website at sparkdevices.com, where we have more flexibility in terms of how we collect orders; in particular, we can offer multiple units, which many of you have requested. We are also seeking private investors to help us cover some of the fixed costs of development, and as soon as we have collected enough funding through pre-orders and private investment, we will begin manufacturing. It’s easy to reserve your Spark Socket and make sure you’re one of the first to receive yours in Q3 of 2013. We won’t be charging credit cards until Spark is ready for delivery.
2) We've lowered the price to reach an even larger audience and help people buy multiple Sockets. Based on feedback from you, we have made finding cost reductions in the design of the product a priority. We’ve been busy this month and have baked our findings into our new budget. We’re happy to now be able to provide the Spark Socket at a lower cost of $49, with further discounts for people who order four or more.
3) We're beginning development of the Spark Switch, a light switch replacement that will complement the Spark Socket. Many Kickstarter backers requested a light switch replacement for areas in their home where they have lots of lights connected through one switch, and a light switch makes more sense economically. We aren’t releasing details just yet, but we’re excited to confirm that we've started work on the Spark Switch. While our primary focus is still to deliver the Socket as quickly as possible, we are looking forward to delivering the Spark Switch later next year.
Thank you for the incredible outpouring of support, feedback, and ideas. We wouldn’t be able to continue developing the Spark Socket without the support you’ve given us. Be sure to head over to our newly designed site and reserve your Spark Sockets. We can't wait to deliver our product and vision next year!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Zach and the Spark Team
P.S. With the Kickstarter campaign closing, you can now email us with questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 13.
Nov 13, 2012 - Dec 13, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
SUPPORTER: We'll love you forever and send you some digital high-fives, including recognition on our website as one of our founding supporters (which every backer above $10 will receive).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
T-SHIRT BACKER: Get a Spark T-shirt! Printed on American Apparel loveliness.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $49 or more
200 backers All gone!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get yourself one Spark Socket, to control one light through the internet. Special rate for the first 200 purchasers!Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
Pledge $59 or more
GET SPARK: Get yourself one Spark Socket, to control one light through the internet.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
Pledge $84 or more
GIFT BACKER: Buying a Spark Socket as a gift? Back at this level and we'll send you a Spark Socket in July and a T-shirt in December so you've got something to put under the Christmas tree. If you're buying this as a gift for yourself, that's okay - we won't tell.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $25 to ship outside the US
Pledge $300 or more
30 backers Limited (70 of 100 left)
PROTOTYPE: So you want your Spark Socket NOW? Fund at this level, and you'll receive a test unit (the ProtoSpark) to fiddle with in February. It'll be big, it'll be ugly, and it'll only work with lamps using a wall socket, but it'll work, and it'll give you a chance to play with and test Spark before everyone else. You will also receive a final production model when we ship in July. And a T-shirt!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $40 to ship outside the US
Pledge $600 or more
4 backers Limited (16 of 20 left)
SPARK APP DEVELOPER: Want to be one of our first app developer partners? Your app will be one of our official LAUNCH PARTNER apps, and we will promote your app on our website and through our publicity channels. Includes everything from the PROTOTYPE package (ProtoSpark + Spark + T-shirt).Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $40 to ship outside the US
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
SPARK-POWERED PRODUCTS: Get everything that comes with the PROTOTYPE package (ProtoSpark + Spark + T-shirt), plus spend up to a week on the ground with the Spark team so we can help you develop your own product built on the Spark platform. Travel not included.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $40 to ship outside the US
Pledge $4,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
MANUFACTURER VISIT: Want to see how Spark Sockets are made? Come with us on a manufacturer visit and be part of the process. It'll be kind of like one of those sequences from Mr. Rogers; great for anyone who's considering developing their own product for mass manufacturing. Also includes everything from the PROTOTYPE package (ProtoSpark + Spark + T-shirt). Travel not included.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
Pledge $8,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
ARTISTIC BACKER: We'll work with local Minneapolis artists to design a custom art installation to your specifications using a number of Spark Sockets.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013Add $200 to ship outside the US
Pledge $10,000 or more
PARTNERS: Hey, big spender. Let's talk.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013