Awhile back I had a local customer, Eric, who ordered the Original and was asking about local pick-up. Since my orders were being shipped from a fulfillment house, I let him know that I unfortunately couldn't arrange that. Then last week I received a response to the thread again congratulating me on the Kickstarter, but this time his message said www.getpebble.com under his name. Yep, it was Eric Migicovsky- the one who did the biggest Kickstarter to date, raising $10 million! Ummm… congratulations to YOU!
It was really inspiring to chat with him over breakfast last week, as he pointed out that we both make products people use every day. He loves his Original still, but I showed him a prototype of the MICRO, which he loved too. Since I know somewhat what goes into making a product, I'm all that much more impressed by someone like him who has pulled off making a product orders of magnitude more complicated than mine, and can sit there wearing it on his wrist.
I also wanted to mention another maker, Adam Hicks, who is on Kickstarter now with his Easy-Macro Smartphone Lens. Similarly to me, he designed his own product and did the first version without Kickstarter. Now he's raising funds for the second version and part of what I think is cool about it is that one of his goals is to do his manufacturing in the US by working with Goodwill Industries. Check it out if you haven't seen it…
It's neat to connect with other folks who have brought their product ideas to life. The other great connection is with customers, which is why I'm looking forward to the day you open your MICRO.