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338
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 2 2016

About

Consider, if you will... 

1.  How many power strips do you have?

2.   Now... how many of them do you LOVE?

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HERE'S THE BIG PICTURE

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EARLY BUZZ

Quotes & Links to write-ups (100% UNPAID!):

"Deceptively Genius" - Innovator's Peak, http://innovatorspeak.com/post/139175821603/kickstarter-alert-voltower-is-deceptively-genius 

"Very ingeneous ... I don’t think anyone has come up with something like this before" - Geekadelphia, http://www.geekadelphia.com/2016/02/15/weekly-crowdfunding-the-voltower-on-kickstarter 

"... One of the most clever Kickstarter campaigns we’ve seen in a while" - The Idea Forge, http://theideaforge.com/meet-voltower-what-kickstarter-dreams-are-made-of 

A clever solution I’ve never seen before in any other product.” – 8-Bit Central (full blog post here: 8-bitcentral.com/blog/2016/voltower.html)

A must have!” – Boss J, Worldwide Platinum Records, www.worldwideplatinumrecords.com 

#Ah-mazing!" – @Chatterblast Media, chatterblast.com 

Ingenious” – Mark Coderre, British Columbia, CA

Pretty damn baller!” – Alex DiFiori, Photographer, alexdifiori.com  

You will definitely want one.” – Vallen Iverson, S NJ

I want one!” - ThomasFuchs, Author, and Influencer, Philadelphia PA, http://mir.aculo.us 

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Now, let's take A CLOSER LOOK

What makes Voltower the Power Strip All Others Look Up To? 

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REWARDS

We've got great rewards for all levels of support - from our "Plug In" pledge level, to super-early birds, to big office / partner packs. Check them out here. 

UPDATE, 2/5/2016: New Reward Level Added: "GLOBAL DEMANDER"

UPDATE, 2/19/2016: THREE NEW REWARD LEVELS ADDED: 

  • Super Early Bird 5-pk
  • Custom Logo 50-pack
  • Custom Logo 100-pack

FOUR IMPORTANT NOTES ON REWARDS

Choice of Color: 

In order to fulfill your Rewards as quickly and accurately as possible, we ask that choice of color be limited as follows:   

  • Backers receiving 5 or fewer Voltowers Choice of one color, please
  • Backers receiving 10 or more Voltowers Select colors in multiples of 5

Note that YOU DON'T NEED TO SELECT YOUR COLOR NOW. We'll be collecting all the necessary fulfillment information via a Fulfillment Survey, once our project is succesfully funded, and the project has closed. 

So, DON'T WORRY that you are unable to select your choice of color now. That is how it's supposed to work. And, you will be able to choose -- promise!

Savings vs. MSRP: 

The anticipated launch retail - or “MSRP” - for the Voltower™ is $129. The "Savings vs. MSRP" shown above reflects the percentage difference between the $129 MSRP and the cost-per-Voltower™ at each pledge level.

Shipping: 

Fulfillment can be a huge problem for many Kickstarters. We don’t want that, and neither do you. 

The Shipping Costs shown above reflect actual quoted costs from fulfillment providers; they are NOT marked up at all. Thank you for understanding, and thank you as well for your INCREDIBLE support!

Country availability: US, Canada and Mexico only

Offering the Voltower™ globally would require producing versions of the Voltower™ compatible with each of the different electrical standards around the world. But we know that producing multiple versions in our first production run would (a) add significant complexity; and (b) dilute our focus from delivering our project in the U.S., which is our lead market, and our #1 priority.

So, for this campaign, we will be shipping only to the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico, where there is one common electical standard. 

We do hope to have the Voltower™ available globally very soon, though; so please, get "Plugged In"!

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PLAN

We've pulled together a detailed and highly realistic plan, fully informed by input from all our partners across the value chain. 

And we think that, as potential supporters of our project, you deserve to see that plan. So, here it is... 

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TEAM

We've pulled together an AMAZING team of people, and capabilities. To a person, we are genuinely passionate about this idea; and we are excited, and FULLY committed to delivering the project for you, the Kickstarter community! Here's the who's who...

Pictured: Dean Rosenblum
Pictured: Dean Rosenblum

Dean Rosenblum, Philadelphia, PA;  Founder & Head Cheerleader, Abov™ Power Solutions

  • Inventor with 4 issued patents; multiple patents pending
  • University of Chicago MBA; Consultant, Bain & Company; Strategy Executive, Pepsi & Aramark
  • Chef by trade (for real!), graduate, Culinary Institute of America
  • Deeply grateful human being; absurdly lucky husband; wildly out-numbered father of four
  • Constructive malcontent & passionate creator
  • Dedicated full-time to bringing the Voltower™ to the world

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Pictured, left to right: Eric Chang, ME; Dan Massam, Id; Andrew Weiman, ME; Dean Rosenblum
Pictured, left to right: Eric Chang, ME; Dan Massam, Id; Andrew Weiman, ME; Dean Rosenblum

BRESSLERGROUP, Philadelphia, PA; Research-Driven Product Innovation Lab

  • Full-capability industrial design & engineering partner 
  • Delivering unique, often surprising solutions to complex product development challenges
  • 46 years of innovation; 90 design awards; 180 patents 
  • 50 professionals, passionate about designing – and MAKING – very cool things, including the Voltower™ 
  •  Bressler will continue to be an integral part of the team as we transition from design into production

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Pictured - Front row: Cinthya Vong, Melissa Camua, Anthony Reto; Second row: Dan Christiansen, Jacquelyn Cochet, Greg Lehr, Nik Greenblatt; Third Row: Ryan Rakoske, Corey Riddle, Sean Keegan
Pictured - Front row: Cinthya Vong, Melissa Camua, Anthony Reto; Second row: Dan Christiansen, Jacquelyn Cochet, Greg Lehr, Nik Greenblatt; Third Row: Ryan Rakoske, Corey Riddle, Sean Keegan

2one5 Creative, Philadelphia, PA Branded Motion™ – Branding and Digital Creative Agency

  • Inspired, driven, insanely responsive, deeply empathic, and totally RAD branding & media assets partner 
  • “At the table” from day one, shaped and built our visual identity; and also helped define the Voltower™ as a thing
  • Branding / logo; website; video and other visual assets
  • A partner in the truest sense of the word

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Pictured, left to right: Jack Churchill, Manufacturing Engineer; Yves Robert, Director of Extrusion Products & Process Development
Pictured, left to right: Jack Churchill, Manufacturing Engineer; Yves Robert, Director of Extrusion Products & Process Development

Wakefield-Vette, Pelham, NH (and Global) - Extrusion and Machining Powerhouse 

  • Custom extrusions, precision machining, component manufacturing 
  • Serving Aerospace, Automotive, Heavy Industry, Lifestyle and Fitness Consumer Product, and all sorts of other industries as well 
  • Produced the Voltower’s proprietarty solid-aluminum casings, from extrusion thru machining

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Pictured: Tim Harris, Sales & R&D Manager
Pictured: Tim Harris, Sales & R&D Manager

RPA - Americals Finishing Experts, Rochester, NH

  • Premium-quality metal surface finishing A leader in hand bead-blasting (we’ll post some video – it’s amazing!) 
  • Easily, one of the most responsive partners one could hope for 
  • Created the satin-like surface finish for Voltower's casings

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Pictured, left to right: Holley Antaya, Dave DiBiasio, Todd Harrington, Dean Rosenblum (again!)
Pictured, left to right: Holley Antaya, Dave DiBiasio, Todd Harrington, Dean Rosenblum (again!)

D-CHN, Wooksocket, RI - Premiere Metal Finishing and Anodizing Company

  • Turning bare metal into WOW. (Seriously. Check out their website – their work is AMAZING!) 
  • Serving High Tech, Medical & Dental, Military & Aerospace, Consumer Products, and more Partner for the anodized finish of the 
  • Voltower’s casings, as well as the laser-etched "abov" logo

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ABOV™ and POWER WITH PURPOSE™

At Abov™ Power Solutions, we are committed to our Mission of Elevating Power Solutions for the world; and you’ll see that in the Voltower™, and in every product we ever introduce.

AND we are ALSO committed to ensuring that any success we have translate into tangible, meaningful positive social impact for our communities, and the planet. We call this Power with Purpose™ (PWP)

Let’s face it, we are pretty lucky to “struggle" with “problems" like cord clutter, and the cord crawl. It means we HAVE lots of technology, and that we ARE connected! 

But not everyone is so fortunate. Right now, right here in America, there are people and communities who lack access to basic technology, connectivity, and technology-related education.   

They are on the OTHER side of the "Digital Divide“ – a chasm of social and economic disadvantage that limits opportunities for millions, and perpetuates CYCLES of generational disadvantage.

In our view, this is not fair, and it's not good. So, as our first PWP “Impact Mission”, we will be contributing 5% of our net operating income* to non-profit’s / other organizations working to close the Digital Divide here in America. These groups provide new and refurbished hardware; connectivity; and technology-related education to individuals, families, schools and communities in need. 

So, please stay tune for updates on our PWP partners, our contributions, and efforts, and most importantly, our impact, as we get this work started.

** Important note: Kickstarter prohibits raising funds for non-profit organizations or efforts. So, we can’t (and won't) use the proceeds from our KS campaign for our PWP efforts. BUT, if all goes well, we will be on our way to starting this this important work. And we can't wait! 

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CONNECT WITH US

Questions, thoughts, feedback? Email us at: Info@Abov.com.  

Or, just clicking on the banner below, and send us a note thru the website. Regardless, we'd LOVE to hear from you!

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LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO

Forgive us, but this is what the lawyers told us to write. And we listened to them, because (a) they are really smart; (b) they are excited about the Voltower, too; and (c) they care about us - a lot. So... 

Risks and challenges

While the Voltower is a new-to-world product, its design and engineering are built upon mature, well-established component, material, and manufacturing technologies.

We have a detailed and comprehensive plan to move from funding thru production and fulfillment; and we have the right team, across all functional disciplines, to execute against that plan.

We are in active discussions with multiple world-class manufacturing partners, all of whom have both the capabilities and the capacity to produce the Voltower™ for us, as soon as we’re ready to go.

But, to be clear, we simply will not ship until the product is right, has met all certification requirements, and has passed all safety and reliability testing.

So, the main potential risk is one of timing.

Delays in component sourcing, or manufacturing / assembly tooling may occur; also, unfavorable quality-assurance or reliability-testing results may occur, requiring us to refine / replace components, and / or adjust production processes, which could result in delays for fulfillment of our Kickstarter rewards. That’s just the reality of making something new.

However…

We are committed to delivering the high-quality product you are expecting. We will have the whole team, and all our partners, focused on doing so. Fulfilling the rewards of our Kickstarter supporters comes first. And, of course, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of any delays that may arise; and we’ll tell you exactly what we’re doing to work thru them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Thanks for reading. We hope you’ll support our project!

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