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It all started with the Bedouin tents many years ago. These tents were designed to be quickly put up and taken apart while providing shelter and protection from the environments. The Neso Sunshade continues the evolution of these tents.
I personally got too much sun when I was younger. I paid for it as an adult when I was diagnosed with early stage melanoma. I am fine now, but it scared me and changed my outlook.
A friend of mine came to me with this concept and I immediately jumped on it. I could understand the need for the product - As a new father I want to make sure my daughter has plenty of shelter while playing at the beach. Beach umbrellas are difficult to install, don't handle the wind well and provide only a little shade. The pop-up tents need more than one person to put up and are fairly heavy.
As an engineer turned into business person, I have been looking for a new product that would mean a lot to me while having a large market potential. This just made perfect sense to explore further. Fast forward and here we are!!
Problem It Solves-
The Neso tent is lightweight, easy to carry, easy to setup, provides plenty of sunshade for multiple people, and looks really cool. Compare that to the alternatives.
- Not a very nice view...
- Wind? No problem!
- Bulky and Heavy!
How Does It Work?
Color choices for CUSTOM Neso tent ($125 pledge)
Here's an early sketch including ideas for our logo, product name, and how the product would work.
Searching for a business name was quite exciting. Me and my business partner met while living on Neptune Ave in Encinitas, which is a beautiful road along the ridge overlooking several neighborhood beaches. Being beachy, moons are quite important to tides. Neso, also known as Neso XIII, is the farthest, most recently discovered moon off Neptune. Neso felt right as a name and we love it.
Here's an early notepad when we were deciding where to source the product. We originally wanted to have the source in the US and assemble the product locally. I went to the LA Fashion district quite a few times, found a pole manufacturer in Washington State, cut & sew and assemblers in Los Angeles and near the border in National City. The quality was great, but the price was through the roof.
No matter what changes we made to the location, we needed to make sure the quality didn't change.
We tried Mexico as an alternative, but there were holes in the communication and I don't think they were going to end up being a good business partner. The benefits would be great with NAFTA, but there were too many problems to overcome.
Since then we have found a great manufacturer overseas. We have gone through a few rounds of samples, and get more and more impressed each time.
Final renderings of poles
Final Renderings of the bag
Final renderings of the canopy
How and where will you be making your project?
If we reach our funding goal, we will be able to use the funds to meet the minimum order quantity that our manufacturer requires. We have established a fantastic relationship with a manufacturer overseas that has exceeded our expectations with the quality of the prototypes they have provided. We are excited about the opportunity to work with them and provide our initial supporters a high quality, affordable product.
How will you fulfill the orders if you are successfully funded?
We have established a relationship with a fulfillment center that is currently working with several other crowd funded projects. They have a lot of experience and will be able to handle all of our orders in a timely fashion.
3/12 Launch Kickstarter
3/13-4/28 Communicate well and keep our backers informed
5/1 Place the order with our manufacturer
6/5 Receive shipment
6/10 Fulfillment complete!
Risks and challenges
We want the product to be high quality, produced at a reasonable cost, and made in a variety of colors and designs. Solving each of these requirements is a gradual process. We have many ideas to continue to evolve the product, which is quite exciting to us. Now is the time to put the first generation of the product together and enter the market.
Our patent is pending and this protection is valuable to us.
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