Happy New Year!
As we enter the new year, it is a great time to pause and reflect on where we started, where we are, and what we plan for 2019:
Sisyphus Industries was born shortly after we launched this campaign back on September 24, 2016. It was an amazing experience to reach our funding goal of $50,000 within the first 24 hours, and still amazing that over two years later, it remains the most funded art project in Kickstarter history.
This is my 30th update, chronicling the 2+ year adventure all of us have shared together - you, our backers; Micah, Bev, and I; and now our fantastic and growing team of 12 dedicated employees. We've been through a few ups and downs, learning as we go, but the bedrock has always been the bond between your trust in us and our commitment to you to deliver a beautiful and reliable kinetic art piece for your home / office. We still have some wood tables to ship (all should be out by end of February), and a handful of our metal table backers still need to complete surveys and/or pay invoices for international customs and duties - but based upon shipping more than 2000 tables, and the hundreds of testimonials we've received both here, on our social media sites, and on our support desk - we believe we have delivered on our promise for nearly all of you (and we intend to make that ALL of you very soon).
With complete fulfillment of our this Kickstarter project drawing close, where to now for Sisyphus Industries?
First off - we're not "going" anywhere! Over the two years since the campaign, we have moved and expanded twice within the old, brownstone industrial building where Nordeast Makers makerspace is located, in Northeast Minneapolis. Micah and I met at a makerspace, and it is telling that four other members of our staff are also people we met at the makerspace. The combined focus on both "making" and "community" that embodies the "maker ethic" infuses every aspect of Sisyphus Industries - and we intend to grow that focus. We now have 10,000 square feet of production space, located right off the loading dock. While we import some parts from offshore sources (electronics and glass), the vast majority of Sisyphus is fabricated and assembled either here in our shop or within 60 miles of it. The decision to "keep things close" is driven mostly by our desire to stay "nimble". Though two years old, motion control art for the home is still something very new and in many ways unexplored. We pride ourselves on being able to respond to new information / development on both hardware and software fronts, and make rapid changes to our process if needed. Keeping as many systems "in-house" is key. Going forward, here are some things we plan for 2019 and beyond:
- Continue to provide excellent support for all Sisyphus owners
- Continue to develop our app - in particular, our web-based track repository, making it easy to browse and download new tracks
- Build on the early community-based development of tools that make it easier for people to create their own tracks and share with others
- Offer new options for lighting - in particular RGBW (color + white)
- Develop support for 2-ball option on all tables
- Develop smaller, more affordable versions of Sisyphus
- Explore other motion control art pieces for the home and office
* As always, in closing, your moment of Zen:
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!