To all of our wonderful supporters,
As of last week, I have resigned as the sole owner of Cracked Monocle. In my place, Alex Whisenhunt and Jeffrey Wood - two amazing gentlemen - are stepping up to take my place, help me fulfill my obligations, and move Cracked Monocle forward.
I have worked on Tephra for nearly seven years now. It has been a major part of my life - often, it has been the defining part of my life. I effectively dropped out of college to work on Tephra. Then, with wind in my sails and confidence as my companion, I started this kickstarter. Lo and behold, I wasn’t ready yet!
But I don’t regret it. During those seven years, I built a community of friends and co-workers that have stood by me, supported me, and I have loved them. I have taught myself numerous skills, from business practices to design practices, and I would never want to give them up. I am proud of the person that I have become because of Cracked Monocle. I wish I could have done it without incurring as much debt and without upsetting so many people, but you live, you learn.
I am slowly relieving myself of Tephra projects and helping Alex and Jeffrey build their new company. They are taking over Tephra, Espionage, Cracked Monocle, and a couple of side-projects that we’ve been working on. I am further giving them my resources and knowledge thus-far. These two have often been my backbone - their reliability has been a great source of strength. I look forward to seeing how they rebuild Cracked Monocle and grow what I started.
Kickstarter - Final Steps
A few months ago, Alex and I rebuilt the expected financial needs for Cracked Monocle to complete its obligations and let their new company start debt-free. We discovered that we need about $3,500 to complete this Kickstarter ($2400 to complete the international backers and $1100 to complete the Kickstarter Adversary Guide).
Alex and Jeffrey will be helping me get through this over the next few months. With their help, we aim to be finished with everything by October.
The Kickstarter Adversary Book is virtually complete. We’re reviewing it right now and will be posting the PDF (to our $70+ backers) as soon as it’s done.
Cracked Monocle’s Future
Alex and Jeffrey are lining up a lot of projects. While they’re helping me finish my commitments, they also have some brilliant ideas for expanding Tephra, growing the company, and getting Cracked Monocle running at full steam. But I’m going to let them make those announcements themselves. They’ve earned it.
It’s time for me to get out of their way and stop holding Cracked Monocle back. I’ve done what I can to get Tephra started and grow Cracked Monocle, but I hit my limit a long time ago and it’s just taken me a while to figure that out. I will always try to support Cracked Monocle, but I need to focus on other areas of my life, grow a little, and see what I’m capable of.
I’ll be making amends with all of you that are waiting on stuff, then I’ll slowly fade into the shadows of Alex and Jeffrey. Please support them, don’t hold my mistakes against them, and let’s have Tephra grow strong.
Cheers & Gears - not for the last time, but for one of the last,
PS: If you’ve sent me a message recently and I haven’t responded, please accept my apologies. I’m trying to wrap some things up and will be getting back with you shortly.