It's been an amazing 35 days. We hit our $80,000 funding goal before lunch on the first day. We ended as strong as we began, with almost $40,000 on our last day. All told, we sold almost 500 boats and raised over $440,000 to launch this product and company. Just amazing!
We want to sincerely, hugely thank all of you. You're awesome— a round of applause please! You've supported us, and moved us with your encouragement and enthusiasm. And you've put your trust in us to build and deliver a great product. We don't take this lightly! We're already working hard on making the final tweaks and getting the parts out to manufacturers. We'll keep you posted on this as we move forward, and share our process and progress.
And finally, a bit of logistics. Some of you have asked when we'll collect your shipping info. We'll do that closer to the shipping date, through a Kickstarter survey. We'll also be sending a link to download the poster PDF in the next couple days, to those backers who got kayaks (at any pledge level).
Thanks again! We're beyond excited to get Oru Kayaks off the ground and into the water— and we owe it all to you!
Anton, Ardy, Matt, and Kate
Thanks to you, our community, we've reached our stretch goal of $400,000 in Kickstarter pledges, and are thrilled to add a special feature—mounts for lights—to every Oru Kayak! Thank you for supporting, spreading the word, and joining us in getting Oru Kayaks out into the world.
What's next? On Wednesday we start making kayaks! Actually, we've already started. Last week we travelled all around California to visit various manufacturers and assembly facilities which will help us produce them. We're immensely proud that Oru Kayaks will be manufactured and assembled at home. We'll be sharing our manufacturing progress in the coming weeks and months, through Twitter, Facebook, and our blog at www.orukayak.com.
We have big plans for Oru Kayak in the upcoming year, and while this campaign has exceeded our hopes, every bit of support makes a difference to our small, innovative startup—so please help us spread the word. We have just one day left, so let your friends know that this is their last chance to support us on Kickstarter (and get a great deal!)
The Oru Kayak Team
Imagine gliding across the water on a moonlit night in an Oru Kayak, with LED lanterns glowing softly through the translucent skin. The effect is almost magical!
We are so excited to have exceeded our initial funding goal, but we have big ideas for this compact kayak! We want the Oru Kayak to be able to glow at night, but we need your help to add this additional feature. If we reach $400,000 in pledges by December 18th, we will install front and back mounting loops (for use with any battery powered small camping lantern you add) in every Oru Kayak. What's more, every limited edition Oru Kayak ($1000 pledge) will come with lights equipped.*
Help us make this happen by forwarding this update to three friends and encouraging people to join you in funding the Oru Kayak. This stretch goal will enable us to improve the Oru Kayak and add an extra bit of wonder to your paddling experience.
We're also planning our next (and last of the season!) demo day for Saturday, December 15th in the Bay Area. Details TBD, so please stay tuned on our Facebook page!
We want you to have the best possible experience with your Oru Kayak- day or night!
Very soon Oru Kayaks will be gliding across fjords, floating down the Siene, and sparkling in the Mediterranean. Simply add the shipping cost to your pledge and we will send your Oru Kayak overseas. If you have already pledged and would like your Oru Kayak delivered outside the United States, just make an additional pledge in the applicable amount.
United States: Free (until December 18)
Singapore, Taiwan, Japan: $300
All other countries: $420
UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain: $310
All other countries: $370
Australia/New Zealand: $420
South America: $580
All rates are in USD. We sincerely regret that we cannot ship directly to Russia, China, Israel, or Brazil. This is due to customs processing issues that are out of our control.