March 23, 2015 - Funding Goal Reached!!!
March 17, 2015 - Update on T-shirts!
March 11, 2015 - New Reward Level Added!
We have surpassed our funding goal! Thank you everyone!
We are not done yet, let's sprint to the finish and reach for our stretch goals!
$12,000 If we can double our goal, we will move immediately into developing for Android devices to expand our marketability. This is, of course, our biggest priority as many of our fans aren't iPhone owners.
$16,000 + This will get us into the ballpark where we can build our product into a website where we can push our premier rides with some fantastic video footage, photos and commentary from industry professionals!
The Guide Pro Vision
Picture this: You've spent the last 6 weeks planning and getting stoked for a long weekend in an epic mountain bike destination. You’ve researched online and filtered through endless blog posts searching for the best ride. Now, you're three hours in on a ride that is way over your head, you're riding it backwards, you don't have enough food, and it's starting to rain.
While bad weather can’t always be avoided, a ruined vacation can be. Our goal is to make these tragedies obsolete. We will serve you the best rides, in the best places, and guide you from start to finish in the right direction.
With the advent of the internet’s mountain bike forums and trail repositories, there is no shortage of conflicting opinions and bias regarding trail information. Guide Pro will do the homework and weed out the good from the bad, distilling thousands of miles of trail into a collection of premier mountain bike rides that are sure to leave you grinning.
Our rides will fill in the blanks with the information and details that matter to you most: Which trails are best? How do I get to them? What is the best way to ride them? Do I posses the skills necessary to ride them? Will this trail compliment my riding style? Is there a better option?
These are fairly simple questions that in reality usually take a lot of research or local knowledge to answer. If you get only partial answers, the experience still has plenty of opportunity to be disastrous. If we can’t answer a question for you, then we’ll connect you to someone who can.
After finding that perfect ride, our mobile app guides you with pin-point precision every step of the way. Using the GPS functionality of your phone, you will always know where you are and where you are going. We will mark important intersections and landmarks to keep you pointed in the right direction, as well as offer alternate options to mix things up and offer more or less challenging alternatives.
How much is a great experience worth to you? Our commitment is that it will never cost more than a paper trail map, or that espresso you’ll be drinking planning out your next adventure!
Where does the money go?
Guide Pro version 2.0 is currently under development. A large portion of the proceeds will go to the developer to put the finishing touches on the new app for Apple devices. The remainder of this funding goal will be invested into the backbone of the business, things like paying for the servers and existing debts. To move our vision forward we will need to involve the help from business and technology professionals who offer their expertise in exchange for cold hard cash. This is why we are optimistic and shooting to reach our stretch goals.
Risks and challenges
Of course, it would be great to say that there are no risks involved with this project. But it just isn’t possible to build a business without taking some risks.
The obvious risk here is failure. Investing our heart, soul, time and money into this project without succeeding is certainly possible, but it’s a risk we are willing to take. We have been committed to this project for nearly two years and firmly believe that this is the best medium to share our passion, and ensure our customers have a high quality experience wherever their bikes may take them.
Other challenges include rolling out the development to Android phones in a timely manner, and convincing the general public why our product is worth purchasing when there are other trail navigation apps available. We have defined plans to address these concerns and are looking forward to the challenge.
With your contribution, we can guarantee that Guide Pro 2.0 will become a reality this season. Guide Pro 1.0 is already available to iPhone users and it’s currently guiding them on dozens of rides around Colorado and Arizona. When traveling to new places, we are confident that our service will become as integral to your ride as the helmet on your head. As an added benefit, you’ll have more room in your pack without that bulky guide book!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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