Lessons Learned and What's Next.
So there's just one day left, and we are looking pretty far short of the funding goal. However, I don't plan on giving up just yet. After all, there was a time, not that long ago, when Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter didn't exist--and yet people found ways to make amazing projects happen anyways.
I am writing this update to let you know that I have a Plan B, which basically involves searching for more traditional forms of investment. I also have a Plan C, but no need to go there just yet...anyways, the point is, until I have exhausted every avenue of plan G, this ain't over.
It may take a while, and will certainly involve a lot of work that is much less exciting than putting together a Kickstarter campaign, but when I find a way to pull this off you will be among the first to know. Also--and unfortunately I can't make this a promise because it may turn out to be outside of my control--, I will try to find a way to offer you, the Kickstarter Backers, some kind of tangible thank-you for your expression of support. I don't know what this will be, but it is part of my personal and business philosophy to help people who have helped me, regardless of whether there is a benefit to myself.
This page may go inactive, but I don't plan to let it go dead. I will continue to post updates when there are major developments, I will try to make them as interesting, and I will only post articles I believe you are likely to be interested in because I don't believe in spam. Future updates will be Backers Only.
It is also possible that, at some future stage of development, I will attempt a re-launch on Kickstarter, and of course you will be among the first to know about that as well. But not soon. Right now, I need to take some time to analyze the data that has come in, reassess my assumptions, and come up with an entirely different strategy. I welcome you to be part of that conversation, in the comments section, or by private message. Ideas, criticism, encouragement, all are welcome.
Some lessons learned so far? Well, the biggest one is the huge difference in reaction I have seen between people who hold Bit-Blocks in their hands and those who only see pictures or video--granted, if you are reading this, you are an especially perceptive exception. This observation suggests that I need to find ways to both make the video and presentation clearer and also to find more avenues for promoting this project in-person. I might also save a second crowd-funding attempt for a later stage of development--such as after I have a single cavity mold, have made sales, and am trying to create expansions, which would allow me to demonstrate with a much larger set.
And last but not least, I welcome you to invite your friends. For as little as a few clicks of a mouse and 1 hypothetical dollar, anyone can get on Bit-Block's backer's list, as long as they pledge by the end of tomorrow, November 3, 2013.
Thank you all for reading and I still look forward to building with you.
P.S. this post needs a picture! Here it is, served with extra happy-sauce...