Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 21, 2012.

Update #24

Funding and Manufacturing Progress!

Hi Backers,

We’ve been super busy out fundraising, speaking to investors and getting a new factory lined up since our last update and we have some great news to share. 

Funding

We’ve closed several angel investors in the past few weeks who have provided seed funding. These funds will help us resume development and pay for the manufacturing, tooling, testing and expenses, but we are continuing to work towards hitting our funding target to cover all costs. 

The priority of these initial seed funds will be used by us as follows:

- Software development and testing for Version 1.0
- Completion of the tooling
- FCC certification testing

Over the next weeks and months, we will continue to meet with investors to ensure we can finance our production ramp and continue to develop the software after launch to enable more features and services for photo sharing. 

Development

One of our investors is also bringing their software team on board to augment our efforts and help accelerate the completion of the software, testing and UI improvements. 

The key members of their team have incredible depth and experience from companies such as Netflix, Nest and Apple, and will help make the Instacube software and UI an amazing experience. 

Manufacturing

We’ve identified our new manufacturing partner and are about to kick-off with their team in Shenzhen this week. They are a top-tier manufacturer that is building similar products in the tablet market in the hundreds of thousands of units so we have a lot of confidence in their capabilities.

We’re excited to partner with them and to leverage their supply chain and experience to help us get to market and continue to develop the next-gen hardware.

Schedule

We’re still pushing hard for an October shipment, but can’t confirm an exact date until we discuss the detailed schedule with the new factory this week and get their confirmed commitment on the key milestones. 

We will continue to communicate with you and bring you more updates. 

Thanks!

- The Instacube Team  

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      Creator jessie gillie on October 2, 2013

      Could we please have an update from this extremely professional Instacube team. You guys are so cool, and doing such a great job.

      This is what someone would say if you guys actually did your job. D2M is TRASH!

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      Creator irwansharif on October 2, 2013

      Update please..

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      Creator Kent on October 1, 2013

      should've just told me you wanted a $199 donation. what a scam!

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      Creator Rudolf Momjian Pettersen on October 1, 2013

      This is never going to happen.

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      Creator Sam Smith on October 1, 2013

      Update please.

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      Creator Felipe Bastos on October 1, 2013

      Yes, time for update! Please...

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      Creator Jason Rodrigues on September 29, 2013

      So... When are these coming now?

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      Creator Matthew on September 27, 2013

      Does anyone still use Instagram? getting this is like buying a PS2 the day the PS4 comes out

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      Creator Sam Smith on September 27, 2013

      When are we getting another update?

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      Creator mark butt on September 26, 2013

      What's going on? Can you give us another update? This is getting very old - I would love a refund too..

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      Creator Sebastián Rojas on September 25, 2013

      An update would be nice.

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      Creator Gray on September 25, 2013

      So...it's been almost a month. When is that update coming?

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      Creator Mark Walz on September 23, 2013

      I would LOVE to get a refund on this please. How can I get a refund?

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      Creator Ian Cremona on September 20, 2013

      Hello, I have changed my address too, how can I update my details?

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      Creator Vincent Van on September 13, 2013

      so, how much longer we have to wait for this?

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      Creator Peter Dassenko on September 11, 2013

      hey instacube - honest question. i need to update my shipping address. how do i do that?

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      Creator Adrian Harris on September 11, 2013

      Thanks for yet another super late update with yet another fake delivery date. Sorry, not interested anymore. Will definitely be requesting a refund once you have "sold" mine back to some other poor schmuck. http://www.familyday.com.cn/familycube/ I think it speaks volumes that China has developed, tested and marketed this thing in the time it has taken you to get this far.

      I've not backed another project since as I think that the crowd-funding system is seriously flawed. I feel for the people who invested heavily in this idea (two backers at $10,000 and one at $5000). At least mine was only a small investment.

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      Creator Neil Smith on September 8, 2013

      I am in Europe and got my refund no problem (ABN AMRO in Holland, MasterCard) I gave them all evidence, all relevant updates and screen captures and web links - no questions asked. job done.

      D2M - you're in fucking cloud cookoo land if you think you are shipping jackshit! GO and fuck yourself - you frauds!

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      Creator Greg on September 8, 2013

      @Christian I'm in the US, and actually PAY for an American Express gold card, and they gave me the finger too. 60 days from the charge, doesn't matter when delivery was expected. Escalated up two levels of management for the same story. I may try an email with update #17, but I think most folks are probably screwed.

      But, everyone else with chargeback comments below, you're not pulling one dime from D2M (though I'll admit, if I could get my $349 back I wouldn't care where it came from either). In this case, you paid Kickstarter with your credit card, via Amazon payment processing. If you initiate a chargeback, the CC company notifies Amazon, and Amazon notifies Kickstarter. Kickstarter can either make their case to keep the money (and pay Amazon $10 to fight for them), or return the money to the CC company. (https://payments.amazon.com/sdui/sdui/helpTab/Amazon-Simple-Pay/Resolving-Disputes/Chargeback-Process) Kickstarter likely just returns the money and chalks it up to the cost of doing business. If they wanted to fight it, I suspect they'd succeed, because the terms of use make it clear they did everything they promised to do (not much).

      As a result of this fiasco I've scaled my crowd funding WAY back, and that is a shame. Kickstarter doesn't do anything valuable for the 5% fee they collect, including protecting their community. The D2M team should be ashamed of the way they've handled this. I backed the Rigidbot, a 3D printer project, with ONE person behind it that has a day job, and he's provided WEEKLY updates since the project close, and will be delivering quite near on time with a far more complex project done in less time. We found out about the delay the same week it happened of course because he's been great about communication. That one person has humiliated you Andy, and everyone on your team in my mind.

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      Creator Mathieu Chevalier on September 7, 2013

      "We will continue to communicate with you and bring you more updates."

      Yeah, because communication is definitely your biggest strength...

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      Creator Tanner Lubuk on September 3, 2013

      @steev Janssen that's very true haha, their going to need more funding because so many of us are working on getting our money back or already have much like I have :)

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      Creator Christian Geiger on September 3, 2013

      @All you guys with a successfull refund: Which CreditCard do you use? Visa showed me their middle finger. Refund only possible after 4 month at charging time. I am from Germany, but they said, that this would regard all Visa customers around the world.

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      Creator Steev Janssen on September 3, 2013

      You're gonna need more funds D2M. Everyone is getting their money back. Chargebacks are a bitch to deal with D2M or whatever you call yourselves now.

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      Creator Alex Van Camp on August 30, 2013

      One of the biggest internet scams in the last few years.

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      Creator Santiago Hernandez on August 29, 2013

      So you are using the new investment money to "Software development and testing for Version 1.0 ". Why are you on version 1.0? I'm pretty sure this community saw a demo where the software was presented. Shouldn't that have been version 1.0 or later. Why the hell are you starting from the beginning? It’s funny that less people posted this time when compared against the last updates... looks like you guys won. People have grown disinterested in arguing for their money back. Enjoy the new lifestyle our money afforded you. The only solace I have is that if you manage your personal expenses like you managed this project you'll be broke in no time.

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      Creator Boombotix on August 29, 2013

      Nice! Keep up the funding-- sell the future!!!!

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      Creator Paul Vrbik on August 29, 2013

      Getting kickstarter items which i've forgotten about is like getting presents from myself in the past.

      In light of that. MEH to all of this :P

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      Creator Brandon Smith on August 29, 2013

      All,

      I just called my CC and got my money refunded. Here is some advice.

      The credit card needs to see that the merchandise was not shipped according to written expectations, and it cannot be more than 5 months in the past. I initially had trouble because the written expectation was March 2013 and that was too long ago for me to have dispute rights anymore.

      However, search your email and look for update #17 in which they promise a July shipment date. Once I provided that written proof to the CC they immediately refunded my money no questions asked.

      Hope that helps and hope everyone else can get their money back.

      Brandon

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      Creator Matt Rickman on August 29, 2013

      I feel bad for legitimate Kickstarters that now have to operate in the increased shadow of doubt created by people like D2M dishonestly operating here on KS.

      You got more than double your funding goal. - WTF was that original funding goal even for??

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      Creator jessie gillie on August 29, 2013

      Mega Spork, I like your positive outlook towards D2M, but don't slam others, remember D2M raised over half a million a year ago, and the recent update shows that they just started on a project that raised all that $ over a year ago and has nothing to show except that they need more $ to start over. People have the right to "cry you a river" they invested and feel screwed. From a company stand point do you think D2M has done a great job? Look at facts don't slam upset backers, use your positive energy to go help Andy and his super awesome productive team finish this complicated project.

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      Creator Mega Spork on August 29, 2013

      @Mark Walz - Your comment that Instagram isn't as popular as it was a year ago is false. Check out Mary Meeker's talk on internet trends for 2013. You'll see that Instacube is one of the fastest growing social media sites.

      @KRIS - You are obviously insane. Sending the team at D2M to prison for fraud and/or "banning" them from the US is a fool's pursuit, and you obviously don't get the idea of crowdfunding. Investments are a risk... and you made an investment in Instacube. Yes, so far it hasn't worked out exactly as any of us hoped... Cry me a river.

      @huang he - Maybe D2M can sue the Family Cube folks to raise some extra capital.

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      Creator stephanie hunter on August 29, 2013

      How do we get a refund on this, considering how long it has been since we were supposed to receive a product?

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      Creator Mega Spork on August 29, 2013

      In this sea of negativity, I'd like to leave a word of encouragement for the folks at D2M. I still believe in Instacube, and I still believe in crowdfunding. Here's why: Even though Instacube is not a physical reality (yet), it is still an innovative idea, it still inspires me, and it still gives me hope that one day I will be able to use my Instacube to share photos with my family members who aren't exactly "techies". I believe Instacube will still be a viable product, and I will not be requesting a refund. Keep up the hard work guys. I will still jump for joy when my Instacubes arrive, despite the setbacks in the build process. Don't be discouraged, and never stop creating.

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      Creator Eric on August 29, 2013

      So was the software we saw in the video all fake? Because that is what it seems like. This seems like a "truth in advertising" issue where you showed a "working prototype" with simulated screens without stating that it was simulated and NOT a working prototype.

      I guess I will just wait for October. Tick Tock.

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      Creator Simon Rakosi on August 29, 2013

      YOu better not make us pay the shipment abroad, tossers!

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      Creator gordon_blue on August 29, 2013

      @Oi-Lionheart I really do not think they will deliver, so please stop throwing more money at them.

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      Creator Oi-Lionheart on August 29, 2013

      And the international shipment cost?

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      Creator huang he on August 29, 2013

      @ Zach Middleton there's not much unchieveable techy stuff in it to takes a year and still not able deliver it....

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      Creator huang he on August 29, 2013

      @gryphonent I doubt that as well, from the casing and looks in the vid. The price they sell was a bit high tho, around $130ish

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      Creator gryphonent on August 29, 2013

      @Huang He: That Chinese 'FamilyCube' looks strikingly similar to the Instacube... down to the colored stripes on the side. I'd not be surprised if the company behind it is actually D2M's former partner.

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      Creator gordon_blue on August 29, 2013

      So you got a software team and a factory to build your stuff.... may I ask what the **** you did all the time up until now, except for drinking fancy cocktails bought with our money?

      F-R-A-U-D!

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      Creator Sveta Bogojevic on August 29, 2013

      http://tinyurl.com/nexlzws important news, two months ago!

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      Creator tyjak on August 29, 2013

      Anyone in Europe succeed to have his money back ? How can I do ? 199$ is a lot of money for me right now. Why @kickstarter can't help with this mess ?

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      Creator Eduardo Fenili on August 29, 2013

      This project has annoyed me to the point of hating Jamie Oliver :\

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      Creator jessie gillie on August 29, 2013

      Blah, blah, blah, hot air up my skirt, we hope Instagram is cool in 2016! Dicks.

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      Creator Chong Chee Wee on August 29, 2013

      How can i get my refund please?

      Thank you so much.

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      Creator Nikolas Reitz on August 29, 2013

      Hi guy's great to hear that you managed to restart the process. Keep my fingers crossed that it will now be a success

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      Creator Carson Yim on August 29, 2013

      I agree with Tim Lomas, the October shipping date is unrealistic to say the least, given the amount of overlapping tasks.

      I can already see the next update telling us how much more time you guys actually need to deliver.

      But at any rate, I sure hope I will be pleasantly wrong.

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      Creator Jason on August 29, 2013

      Have we opened an FTC complaint yet?

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      Creator Jason on August 29, 2013

      Have enough for our refund fund yet?

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