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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Norm Muth, has been driving a truck across the Rocky Mountains for more than 10 years and he knows a lot about putting chains on truck tires. No matter how experienced and how good you are at it, putting chains on trucks is a time-consuming hassle.
He has invented a tool that makes it easier, faster and safer and has been using prototypes for more than 2 years. It is a simple tool - the best ideas are simple. It won’t break, it won’t wear out and it doesn’t require any technology. The complete set will include 2 ramps.
Please help get this American Trucker’s good idea off the ground and make chaining up easier for those hard working truckers.
Every time Norm is at a chain-up station and done in a fraction of the time that it takes others, truckers and even state patrol officers, comment on what a great idea he has. Now he would like to make this tool available to his fellow truckers.
This project will fund the first inventory order.
Examples of the non-ramp rewards
The Chain ‘Em Up team has been assembled, the plan developed and this project WILL be delivered in time for the next snow season! We have already funded the initial prototypes, the design costs, the tool development and the patent is pending.
The Chain 'Em Up Management team is comprised of founders and key selected personnel with expertise in their respective area including:
Norm Muth - Inventor and the face of Chain ‘Em Up. Norm brings the vision, the trucking industry experience and credibility to the team.
Bill Markel - from classic cars to real-estate, to a new product, Bill has a talent to identify potential. He enjoys combining his business savvy, his years of experience and his passion to provide guidance and resources to grow successful businesses. He is the lead investor and trusted advisor for Chain ‘Em Up.
Mike Murray - An industry business model innovator and thought-leader with 20+ years experience in consulting and management in sales, rental and investment. A leader with 5 different successful business start-ups under his belt.
Lisa Murray - A senior business professional with 15+ years product marketing experience developing business strategy and positioning, leading new product development and managing product lifecycle and PNLs. Experienced with Kickstarter with one successful campaign under her belt, Savory Harvest.
Michael Marconi - A sales industry leader with 20+ years of experience directing sales management, business development and logistics. He has a solid track record of developing companies with solid growth and outstanding financial success.
Ken Federman - With a background in both law and finance, and well-respected business law firm, Mr. Federman has held executive positions including CFO, Exec VP of Administration and General Counsel.
Guy Cerasoli - A business attorney, real estate investor and entrepreneur, well-versed in patent law and business startup issues. Guy is also a seasoned successful crowdfunding advisor.
Raul Ochoa - A versatile leader with a talent for bringing together the right people for the right partnerships. Experienced in sales, operations, trucking and real estate.
Risks and challenges
The risks concern manufacturing a product that is lightweight enough to be manageable, but that will hold the weight of a fully loaded commercial truck. We have invested in 2 different Finite Element Analysis (FEA) studies from 2 independent companies and both have certified that our design will hold the weight necessary.
The timing of delivery is a risk. Our original goal was to launch this project in November. We felt that the timing and manufacturing process was too undefined at that point and delaying this launch has helped us reduce the risk of promising an unrealistic product delivery timeframe.
We will complete and deliver this project. The company has already invested more the $100,000 for design, testing and tool development.
Our pricing may be too low, and actual retail product pricing may be much higher, but we are committed to honoring the prices based on our estimates for the Kickstarter supporters.
Not delivering on this project would cause incredible damage to our startup company and the brand and we would not proceed with the project if we weren't confident on delivery. Additionally, we have an experienced successful Kickstarter team member helping guide the plan and fulfillfment.
We understand that the logistics surrounding the fulfillment of orders is not something to be taken lightly. We have outlined a process from the point of product delivery to getting the last product in the mail and it involves communication at every step.
The true risks of the future viability of the Chain ‘Em Up as a company surround the patent. We are far down this path, have our patent pending and a good legal team that is encouraged. The outcome of this will have no bearing on the ability to deliver this product to project supporters.
Try out just one ramp. Instead of having a ramp for both sides of the truck at the same time, you will have to do one side at a time. It isn’t a complete set, but it will still make chaining up twice as easy. We will also include the "If you bought it, a trucker brought it" decal.
Be the 1st to receive your very own complete set of the Chain ‘Em Up tool. 2 complete ramps will make your chaining up easy, fast and safe. And of course we will include our "If you bought it, a trucker brought it" decal and hat.
Outfitting your fleet with 22 Chain ‘Em Up tools at less than half the expected retail price. and a chaining up safety video customized with your company logo. Inventor Norm Muth will deliver a heartfelt thank you (via video or in person if possible) for helping get his company off the ground. Hats and decals to go with each set and customized stickers with your company logo for each ramp. We will celebrate you as a true supporter of trucker safety and the American dream on our social networks.
Outfitting your fleet with 45 Chain ‘Em Up tools at less than half the expected retail price and a chaining up safety video customized with your company logo. Inventor Norm Muth will deliver a heartfelt thank you (via video or in person if possible) for helping get his company off the ground. Hats and decals to go with each set and customized stickers with your company logo for each ramp. We will celebrate you as a true supporter of trucker safety and the American dream on our social networks and pay for lunch for your staff one day to introduce the product.