Risks and challenges
Between myself, Brian Sanderson, and Mike Jenson (both of Best Friend Outfitters) we have a combined 30 years of experience designing, engineering, and developing consumer products. Together we have brought 100's of products into the market... many of them winning the highest awards in their respective categories.
Two years ago we secured a bottle factory in Shenzhen, and we have been working with them on the Drink&Buddy project for over a year. We have produced a perfectly functional production-quality sample, and the 3D CAD design is ready for tooling.
We have been testing the Drink&Buddy prototypes for more than 4 years, and have refined the functionality to the highest standards. The latest prototype works perfectly.
We already have agreements with the factory to start tooling for the remaining parts as soon as we reach our funding goal on Kickstarter, which will give us an incredible head-start.
Brian, an Industral Design Engineer, has been back and forth to China 46 times in his career, working directly with factories producing consumer products that utilize a vast array of materials. Mike, a Senior Mechanical Engineer, continues to travel to China 4 to 5 times per year, and he speaks fluent Chinese.
We filed a full utility patent for the Drink&Buddy in April of 2014. The patent will be granted VERY soon. We will also be filing international patents worldwide.
Brian is self-employed as an Industrial Design contractor, and Mike is dedicated to spending as much time needed to complete this project and fulfill our orders promptly. If things go really well here on Kickstarter, we are both committed to resigning our current duties and positions and working full time on this venture.
All of our ducks are in a row, and we are ready for manufacturing.
Kickstarter has asked us to be transparent with the risks involved. However, if we meet our funding goal... the risk to our backers is negligible. We are ready to rock and roll!
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