AND THE WINNER IS .....
Winning by falling down
Around Christmas we asked you to vote for WakaWaka as 'Startup of the Year' in the Netherlands. We came in second but it was what you would call a 'photo finish'... WakaWaka received over 1900 votes, so thank you to the hundreds of backers who took the trouble to click on the 'red button' before having dinner with the family. Within only a few hours we managed to 'overtake' the nr. 1 coming from 4th position on Dec. 24th. We stayed well ahead in 1st position and thanks to you guys WakaWaka was in the lead with more than 300 votes. Up until a couple hours before the deadline on the 27th that is... you see, our competitor 'Scoupy' is an online platform where people can subscribe to discount coupons. They have a rather large database of customers. In the last moment they sent out an offer to potential voters, they could win a sky dive if they would only care to vote for Scoupy. That was enough to pursuade several hundred people to vote within a few hours. We decided not to spam you guys even more than we already did, according to our statistics nearly 25% of you voted which is truly truly amazing! In the end it was a matter of either 'Diving Down' or 'Lighting Up' we chose the latter... We left 10 other startups way behind us without the need of any special offers whatsoever. Thank you so very very much to reach this honorable second place as ´Startup of the Year 2012´ ! very cool.
Yesssss! We got the pouches in today! and we gave them a proper bath right away. We got more samples than we bargained for, so we had the chance to test a few extra. Check out the pics at the bottom for reference. This is what we found:
- All 4 models we proposed to you are in fact water proof
- An extra model (not proposed) showed leakage: reject
- popular model No#2 has a really terrible closing mechanism (looks kinda cool, but is fragile and inconvenient) I would not recommend it.
- best impression: No#4 , strongest welding, easy closing.
You still have time to vote through our 'Update No.#4'. Once the votes are all in, we'll do the math and let you know which one you picked. We'll make sure the size is large enough to not only fit your WakaWaka Power, but also an average mobile phone. We thought that would be convenient. We need to pick 1 color though: black.
If you can't get enoug of voting: Special Color!
I just struck me... this is the 3rd time I am asking you for a vote haha. It's really really cool to see so many of you respond, it's beyond any of our expectation. You can either vote in the comment box below (if you don't do Facebook) or you can check out what others say at our Facebookpage (love to see you there too). So, once the campaign ends, you will be able to choose between:
- Kickstarters preffered color
Stretch Goal coming Up: `Made in Haiti´
It is really really magnificent to see that we're so close to reaching our very ambitious stretch goal of $250,000 ! You will get your pouch, but you will help us create jobs in Haiti. Today I heard the Prime Minister of Haiti is already aware of our plans and we may expect support from the local government. We are very grateful to mr. J.R. Gaillot (former congressional candidate from Florida with Haitian roots) who is supporting us to make this possible. He is spreading the news!
I would like to ask you, please keep talking, chatting, blogging, writing about WakaWaka and it´s mission. Spread the KS link: http://kck.st/SVs5WJ in your social networks. Your contribution is making a considerable difference in the futures of families in Haiti. Already we will be able to impact the lives of over 25,000 Haitians! YOU have done this in less than 3 weeks... now that´s POWER!
Thank you all for your enthusiasm, support, questions and suggestions. We do our utmost to get back to all of you as soon as possible.
on behalf of the Team
pledged of $50,000 goal
seconds to go
Dec 12, 2012 - Jan 11, 2013 (30 days)
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NEWSLETTER REWARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stay tuned on the latest news, which celebrities rally behind WakaWaka, what happens in Haiti. You will hear it first.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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EARLY BIRD - LIMITED EDITION . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow or Black delivered to your doorstep. Power to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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LATE BIRD - LIMITED EDITION . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow or Black delivered to your doorstep. Power to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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FINAL LIMITED EDITION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow or Black delivered to your doorstep. Power to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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WAKAWAKA POWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow or Black delivered to your doorstep. Power to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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WAKAWAKA POWER & LIGHT SET . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow or Black AND get an additional WakaWaka Light as a bonus reward. Never be without light again. Be prepared. Power & Light to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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PERSONALIZED POWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Get WakaWaka Power in Yellow of Black with your name on it. We'll add a black velvet pouch for safe keeping. Personal Power!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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BLACKOUT PORTABLE EMERGENCY KIT . . . . . Be prepared for the next blackout. Stay informed, connected and... warm, where ever you are.Your reward is a classic WakaWaka Light, a WakaWaka Power, USB powered radio, USB heated gloves. check out the specs at the bottom. STAY CONNECTED - Power to you!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $14 to ship outside the US
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3 backers Limited (7 of 10 left)
POWER DINNER IN NEW YORK . . . . . . . . . . . . September 2013 we will be in New York for the CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. We would like to invite you to have dinner with us. Exact day, time and place will be communicated with you. Of course we will send you a personalized WakaWaka Power in advance. (pls arrange your own transport & overnight stay).Estimated delivery: Sep 2013