Dear PocketMonkey backers,
Two and a half years ago you took a chance on a man with a monkey and a plan. Since then I have steadily grown Zootility Tools to employ a full .01% the population of Portland, Maine (8 people) and continued to develop new tools. To keep the momentum going, we have taken a bold step and purchased new high-powered lasers that cut through stainless steel leading to my latest project, Beer&Friends!! Laser cut bottle openers that evolve our understanding of what constitutes a bottle opener.
You can get a "beer" (Bear+Deer) or a variety of other animal shapes and puns. We've even teamed up with artists to support them and bring their creations to life.
Head over to Beer & Friends and check out our newest Kickstarter project!
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The wait is over!
Last week our first PocketMonkeys arrived. It was a modest shipment. But more have come since. We now have over 1,800. And they are FABULOUS! I think you are really going to like them.
In the pictures below you can see me arriving home to find them on the doorstep and immediately opening the box. (I have since found that a PocketMonkey actually works well for opening these boxes of PocketMonkeys...ironic.) If you ordered a bunch of PocketMonkeys, you'll be able to have fun stringing them together, like I did. I was also able to change the battery in our keyless car remote. I had been meaning to buy a small screwdriver to open it for the past several months!
Next stop: fulfillment.
I surprised everyone who came to my birthday party by turning it into a packaging party. Reverse surprise party! "Hey! Thanks for coming. Have a seat. Here's 200 'monkeys to put on backings. You can have cake when you are finished."
We are printing all the shipping labels tomorrow. Merging 8 different spreadsheet formats and making updates for address change requests, etc was a nightmare. Kickstarter needs a better system. (I devised my own using csv2json, NodeJS, and MongoDB.) But that's behind us now and we are ready to start assembling the mass mailing!
So, when will you have yours?
Everyone with estimated delivery of Dec 2012 should expect shipments going out this week and next. The manufacturer claims to be maxing out their laser etcher at a production rate of 200 per day. Apparently, increasing the laser speed would decrease quality.
For everyone with January 2013 estimated delivery, we hope to ship the last week in January and the first week in February.
Please note that the USPS estimates international shipping at around two weeks.
Patience is a virtual you.
So many of you have had such an awesome attitude toward this process: patient, engaged, encouraging. It's been wonderful to have your support while dealing with all the challenges we've faced.
One final note on the many requests I have been receiving. Please know that I'm not going to ignore anyone. But take a look at the screenshot of my Kickstarter Messages inbox page count (below). Most people probably never even get enough messages for the pagination to appear. (30 messages per page.) And that's only one of five channels through which people are reaching out to me. I have been absolutely swamped.
If it takes me a few days or a week to get back to you, please have faith that I will eventually respond to you and that you will all get your PocketMonkey(s). I can either write emails and post comments about when your PocketMonkeys might be arriving or I can work on actually making that happen.
Back to work! :)