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Dear generous Sponsor!
With your help, we will start production and launch the Floh, the ultra light kick-scooter-backpack designed to make your commute fun and clean.
The Floh can be used in many ways. It can be worn like a backpack, pulled behind you, or transformed in a second and driven like a three wheeled kick-scooter. You can even detach the backpack and drive the kick-scooter separately.
The Floh will solve all your traveling and transportation needs in a cool, fun and environmentally clean way. Get from the parking lot to your workplace or to the classroom. Zip through the airport terminal, glide to your local coffee shop, or anywhere else you may want to get to fast and easy.
Our plan is to use Kickstarter's funding to produce two versions of the Floh: a Dark Blue one and a Dark Red one. The water resistant backpack is made of high density EVA foam and is ultra light and sturdy. The Floh weighs 9.3 lbs (4.235 kg), fits into the overhead compartment of an airplane, yet has a volume of about 18 liters and can carry up to 220 lbs (100 kg). The wheels are robust inline-skating wheels and the extra wide board is designed to let both feet rest comfortable side by side. The Ackermann steering system will safely let you carve curves without letting you tip over and the brake makes this a safe traffic companion. The back-wheel fits snugly against the bag, but spins out 90 degrees when the board is folded down for driving. This makes the Floh both very compact when folded up and an engineering marvel when folded down. The Floh is unique, practical and extremely fun to drive! Have a look at Gregor´s 9 year old son driving it on update.
With your sponsorship, we will produce the first Flohs and launch them in the US in August of 2012.
Many thanks for your support,
Gabriella Stollenwerck & Gregor Bismarck
P.S. Here is an image of a Russian soldier trying the Floh in Berlin yesterday: 4.16.2012
Ø What are we trying to do?
We are trying to launch Floh in the US.
Ø How you will do it?
We will use the Kickstarter funding to build the first 500 units to launch the Floh in the US. We'll use guerrilla marketing and advertising to raise awareness and garner support through social media and across all venues.
Ø How the funds will be used?
The funds will be used solely for the production, launching and shipping of actual Floh units to the end customer. All development work has been done.
Ø Your qualifications to complete this project ?
Gabriella and I have worked in film production for many years and are good at keeping within tight budgets and delivering quality product. We are used to managing large teams of people with a single goal in mind. This is no different. We will be diligent with the money and make every single dollar count to bring a fantastic product to the market.
Ø The identities of the people on your team:
Gregor Bismarck is the original inventor of the Floh. Inspired by his son, whom he didn’t want to carry through airports after 12 hour flights, because strollers were checked all the way through, the idea slowly evolved. Gabriella Stollenwerck is head of distribution in the US. She helped streamline the production and is working on the marketing and advertising for Floh. Guccio Gilardini is the accountant for the company and does most of the contract work with the factories in China. Christopher Steppert is our China liaison. Carl Zhang our spokesperson at our drive module factory in Shanghai. Jerry Chen is our bag manufacturer in Guangdong.
Ø How far along is your project:
We have made 30 prototypes and steadily improved the Floh over the last 7 years. We now have a streamlined drive-module that is robust yet light and safe. We are waiting for the anodized color samples of the drive-module. We have the dark blue Eva bag and are waiting for the dark red bag. The interior of the bag is practical and well designed. We are working on the e-commerce site (floh.com). We have 22 molds for 111 parts that constitute the Floh and we are ready to produce the first Floh units once the final colors are right. The factory is ready with assembly space and is waiting for our order.
Ø What is environmentally clean about Floh? **
Instead of circling the block and waiting for a parking space, Floh owners will park their cars further away, and drive their Floh to work. They will use public transportation with a smile. Avoid short taxi rides. Floh users will buy less bikes, Razor and backpacks because with the Floh they have all three in one, further reducing production pollution.
Ø Will there be a Floh with a Pebble built into the handle bar?
We love the Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android and are trying to get answers from Eric and the Pepple team to examine the on possibly of licensing their product and either making a dashboard on the Floh handlebar to attach the Pebble or actually build it into the handle bar.
We designed the Floh to make it fit in the overhead compartment of a plane: The dimension are in cm: 54.7 high, 40.5 wide and 23.6 deep. Airlines overhead compartment size is usually in cm: 56x45x25.
In inches: The Floh is 21.5 inches high, 15.9 inches wide and 9.3 inches deep. Most airlines let you take bags that are in inches: 22 x 17.7 x 9.8. We have never had a problem taking a Floh on board, some small airlines may want you to check even smaller handbags though, and then you would have to check the Floh in.
The Floh has 2 parts:
Scooter: 6.7 pounds (3.035 kg)
Backpack weighs 2.6 pounds (1.2kg).
Floh (together): 9.3 pounds (4.235 kg).
Shipping in the US and Germany are included in the Kickstarter price, since we´re planning to ship containers to hubs there. Sponsors from other countries please send us a quick note and we´ll figure something out that is cheap, fast, safe and fair. Thanks, Gregor & Gabriella
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