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We love our dogs but we don't love carrying poop. Wise Walkers gets that smelly poop out of your hands, out of sight and out of mind.
We love our dogs but we don't love carrying poop. Wise Walkers gets that smelly poop out of your hands, out of sight and out of mind.
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Picking up (and carrying) dog poop is a daily fact of life for dog owners who walk their dogs.  A Wise Walker gives you an easy way to stash that nasty poop bag while you finish your walk -- out of sight, out of mind, and out of your hands!  A simple solution to a crappy problem.

The Wise Walker, showing the zippered side pouch for keys, phone, treats, etc.
The Wise Walker, showing the zippered side pouch for keys, phone, treats, etc.
The Wise Walker weighs only about two ounces --  it virtually floats along with you on your walk.
The Wise Walker weighs only about two ounces -- it virtually floats along with you on your walk.

You can see more about the evolution of the Wise Walker below.  But first....

Wise Walker: Dogs + Kids + Entrepreneurship + Poo

Team Wise Walker is 11-year-old twin sisters, a dog and a dad on a mission to make dog poo less gross and to explore the lessons of entrepreneurship. As a dad and an entrepreneur, the opportunity to share my passion for startups and expose my daughters to the lessons, skills, experiences of entrepreneurship is what this project is about.   

THE TWINS 

Sarah and Annalise were born only minutes apart but they couldn't be more different... in just about every possible way. It is a cause for celebration in our home any time the two of them are caught agreeing on anything. 

We prefer to think of it as Yin and Yang, evidence that there's balance in the universe. They don't fully realize it yet, but they have the makings of a great team.

Like lots of kids, Annalise and Sarah LOVE animals. We spend many days each summer bumming around Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

As much as Sarah would love to have a pet elephant and Annalise can't wait till she can have her own horse ranch, they are both over-the-top in love with dogs.     

THE DOG

Our dog, Lola, is a sweetheart. We rescued her from a shelter about eight years ago. She had been found wandering scared and lost in the Cascade mountains.  We don’t know what happened to her out there alone in the wilderness but she was terribly distressed by the experience.  

Lola was first rescued from a shelter by a woman who was diagnosed with cancer just two weeks later.  Traumatized herself, she was no longer in a position to help a traumatized pup recover.  She needed to give up Lola to a family that could support her recovery. We were searching shelters at the same time and when we found out about Lola we went to meet here and fell in love with her immediately.

Lola spent her entire first year in our home crouched in the corner by the front door. She was a basket case. But we loved her and over time she came out of her shell. Lola still gets scared more easily than most dogs but she’s now a happy and healthy part of our family.

If someone would have told me then that Lola would end up having such a powerful impact on me and my daughters I don't think I could have believed.  But because of Lola, we discovered this project and it has been amazing.

THE DAD

I am an entrepreneur, a technologist, and a teacher. I have founded several companies and I'm passionate about sharing the lessons I've learned through that experience. I share those lessons through the work I do as a mentor and advisor to other entrepreneurs pursuing their passions. I work with programs like Techstars, Startup Weekend, TiE Young Entrepreneurs, Fledge, Seattle Women in Tech and others.

I came from an entrepreneurial family myself, working since I was 8 years old in an array of family businesses including a commercial rabbit farm, wood products manufacturing, clothing and accessory manufacturing, furniture manufacturing and even a couple of retail stores. 

I worked in virtually every area of those businesses. I designed, cut, stapled, milled, glued, stained, pressed, packed, shipped and sold products... and eventually managed the adults doing the same jobs. It was hard work (too hard) for a young kid but I mostly enjoyed it and I was always with my family. 

Decked out for Halloween 2013. Forecasting the future?
Decked out for Halloween 2013. Forecasting the future?

I'm also on a mission to unleash two powerful women on the world. I believe strongly that the skills and lessons of entrepreneurship are extraordinarily valuable to young people, girls or boys. But as a dad with two daughters I have a special interest in supporting their journey to become anything they choose to be and equipping them to understand that there’s nothing they cannot choose.

We've learned a lot about entrepreneurship and a lot about what it takes to build a great product.  

TALKING TO CUSTOMERS

The first entrepreneurial lesson we learned when we started working on the idea for Wise Walkers was to talk to customers to see what real dog walkers like about the product, what they don’t like and what could make it better. In the parlance of startups, we needed to do 'customer development'. So we took a walk along a nearby urban trail and approached dog walkers we saw. We learned a LOT!  Here’s the highlights of what we heard and how it improved Wise Walkers.

Overall, everyone we talked to thought it was a good idea. 
Even if they themselves didn't think they’d be a good customer (e.g., they live in a rural area and only need to pick up poop very occasionally.)

Wise Walkers would have to be really durable and washable.
That makes sense. Denier nylon and rip-stop are both super durable... and washable.  That should do it. 

Gotta have a compartment to store a roll of clean doggy bags.
We missed this at first because we were so focused on making a pouch to carry the dirty poop bag that we didn't think yet about the clean ones -- duh!  But that was an easy problem to solve -- we added poop bag roll storage to the design. 

Add a pouch to store keys, cell phone, treats, etc. 
Great idea! The consensus was that a zippered compartment would be best.  Done.

Wise Walker would be great for hikers.
I didn't realize it, but apparently lots of hikers fail to pack their poop bags out of the woods.  Bad form.  But with a Wise Walker it couldn't be easier to pack that poop.  

It's illegal to drop your dog’s poop bag into someone else’s garbage can. This is true in Seattle, even if the can is at the sidewalk.  Who knew?!  I’m not saying I ever did that in the past... I’m just saying I won’t ever need to do it in the future.  We haven’t researched statutes in other cities but I’m guessing there are a mess of them that are similar.

Many cities prohibit throwing poop bags into municipal trash cans.  
Dog feces is a “vector” for a number of disease causing bacteria.  You may be wondering (as I did) what’s the big deal about contaminating a trash can with bacteria?  The answer took me aback.  Many of the city’s homeless and destitute population are forced by circumstances to scavenge their meals from city trash cans.  I have to wonder whether the dozens of Amazon.com employees walking their dogs on the streets of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood understand this.

MOMMY, YOU ROCK!
Our best test customer has definitely been the twins' mom, Kelly.  Kelly and Lola are soul mates and Kelly is the primary dog walker (and runner) in the family. 

Kelly is also an analyst for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and so she has an incredible eye for details and spends her days worrying about how users experience technology products. Turns out those skills translate great to bags of poop. 

In addition to helping us improve the design in a thousand ways, Kelly also had the great idea of building a version with LED lights to improve visibility while walking Lola in the dark. This is especially an issue in Seattle, where the winter sun can rise as late as 8:00 am and can set by as early as about 4:20 pm. We have an idea about how to solve for darkness and we may introduce a stretch goal for that one.

Here’s my favorite thing about having Kelly use a Wise Walker every day (usually twice a day). On several occasions, we had to take her Wise Walker off of the leash to work on it or to show it to someone. Kelly noticed immediately, i.e., at the next walk. After using it for a couple of weeks she didn't want to give it up... big time. “What happened to the Wise Walker?! When do I get it back?!” Music to any entrepreneur’s ears. ;-)

We spent months iterating on designs that would satisfy the customers we talked to and our own vision of what a Wise Walker should be. Each new version revealed a new challenge. 

The picture below represents about half of all the prototypes we made.

In the picture below, the reddish pouch on the left is the very first prototype.  It's actually glued together.  It was way too small, had no way to attach it to a leash, was made of cotton fabric that was way too lightweight and had an elastic drawstring that was way too clumsy to use with one hand.

The print bag on the right was the second version.  Getting closer... but still a little small... and way too hard to use.  

We eventually got it right and then started working on aesthetics.  We experimented with color and trim.

Two-tone solid colors were well received.  The stylish print patterns got a love-it/hate-it response.  We decided that trying to get a print that was solidly on the love-it side was just too much to take on for now.  So we're going with solids.

Out biggest design challenge came from talking to a woman walking her really big dog. The dog was clearly a ‘feisty’ pup, tugging at its leash while we talked. The walker was worried that having a leash in one hand and a bag of poop in the other would make is really difficult to open the Wise Walker, get the dirty bag inside and then close it.  She wanted the Wise Walker to open and close with one hand. That turned out to be pretty hard to do.

We tried a BUNCH of things to build in one-hand operation. But it had to be super easy to use, it had to close the bag tightly to keep as much of the smell inside as possible and it could not be ‘clunky’.

We iterated on many different closure configurations. We tried magnets, Velcro, plastic strip inserts, padding, bungee cord. Every one of the closure prototypes below is a different configuration. And these are just some of the tries. They all allowed the pouch to open and close... but not easily and not gracefully.

We came up with one awesome idea using the principle of a Hoberman Sphere but it was impractical to produce without a non-trivial financial investment in prototyping and multi-medium injection molding. But we tried! 

 Finally, after several months of tinkering with drawstrings, magnets, Velcro, zippers, Hoberman Spheres, strips of plastic and steel, we came up with the “cord clutch” (patent pending :-). It took some tweaking to get the dimensions just right but in the end it did everything we wanted.  With the Cord Clutch, you can easily open and close the Wise Walker without ever taking your hand off the leash.

While it slowed us down a bit, struggling to find a solution to the one-hand operation problem was a terrific opportunity for the girls to learn a little about engineering, prototyping, manufacturing and how different materials can be used in different ways to solve a problem.  I’m pretty sure the public school curriculum for 5th graders doesn't cover any of that. 

Thanks to this diversion, two 10-year-olds (at the time) got to learn how to use an industrial laser cutter and about the limitless possibilities for turning an idea into a real, physical thing. 

We have a fully functioning, highly evolved prototype that works really well. Before we spin up manufacturing, we need to make a small investment to have a professional pattern maker create that actual design template that the manufacturer will use to cut and assemble the pieces. We found a great local firm that specializes in helping small companies figure out all the ins and outs of building fabric products.

Even though the cost to do so is about a magnitude more expensive, we want to have Wise Walkers manufactured locally and we've sourced a sewing shop right here in Seattle. The minimum order is 300 units but we’d like to get to the more cost-effective order size of closer to 600 units.

We have access to an industrial laser cutter to make all of the cord clutch components, the cord dongles and the fridge magnets. The twins love seeing the laser cutter work its magic and they’ll get to participate on the design as well.

We’re in a similar place with fulfillment. Which vendor we use or whether we do it ourselves will depend on how many backers we get. We know that we can use Amazon to handle everything if we need to; and there are a slough of smaller fulfillment companies that have risen to the call of Kickstarter projects.  We've set all the reward pricing with fulfillment costs in mind. 

 For kicks, we filed a provisional patent on the ‘cord clutch’ that we invented to allow the Wise Walker to be operated with one hand. We’ll see what happens with that. For $65 and a small amount of paperwork, it was a good intellectual property lesson for all of us.

As you peruse the reward levels, we encourage you consider....

Wise Walkers make great gifts!

In addition to the reward levels below, can also "add on" additional Wise Walkers for $18 each to any pledge level of $25 or greater.  To add on extra Wise Walkers, just increase your pledge amount by $18 x the number of add-on Wise Walkers you want, up to a maximum of 10.  (Full instructions for how to add on is included at the bottom of the Rewards section.)

Wanna gift other pledge packages? Just multiply the package cost by the number you'd like to receive. Again, Kickstarter limits the number of Wise Walkers to 10 per backer.

  It makes a toddler giggle. It makes Sarah and Annalise laugh with delight. It makes dad smile big. With our gratitude, your $1 will do the same. Every backer counts!

Summary:

  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com 
  • Personal thank you email.
  • All project updates.

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You can’t put a price on love... but for six bucks you’ll get our eternal thanks and a limited edition, hand made (by Annalise, Sarah and dad) Wise Walker fridge magnet. Of course, you’ll also receive all the email updates as we continue to make progress and learn lessons.

Summary:

  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com 
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Personal thank you email.
  • All project updates. 

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 In addition to everything in the PUPPY LOVE package, you also get your very own Wise Walker in limited edition Kickstarter green. Your name and your dog’s name will be immortalized on the WiseWalker.com thank-you page when our web site goes live. You will also get early access to the NEWCO Kids, Lessons in Entrepreneurship website, where all of the lessons we've learned will be published. 

 Summary: 

  • One limited edition Wise Walker. 
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe 
  • Personal thank you email. 
  • All project updates. 

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In addition to everything in the PUPPY LOVE package, you also get your very own Wise Walker in limited edition Kickstarter green.  Your name and your dog’s name will be immortalized on the WiseWalker.com thank-you page when our web site goes live. You will also get early access to the NEWCO Kids, Lessons in Entrepreneurship website, where all of the lessons we've learned will be published.

Summary:

  • One limited edition Wise Walker.
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com 
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Personal thank you email.
  • All project updates. 

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We probably should have named this one the Early Bird... but birds ain't dogs.  Limited to the first 45 backers, this level gets you everything in the PUPPY LOVE package, plus you also get your very own Wise Walker in limited edition Kickstarter green and a Wise Walker t-shirt.  Your name and your dog’s name will be immortalized on the WiseWalker.com thank-you page when our web site goes live. You will also get early access to the NEWCO Kids, Lessons in Entrepreneurship website, where all of the lessons we've learned will be published.

Summary:

  • One limited edition Wise Walker.
  • One Wise Walker t-shirt.
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com 
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Personal thank you email.
  • All project updates. 

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Wise Walkers are super useful... if you have a dog.  If you don’t... not so much.  But supporting youth entrepreneurship is a noble cause regardless of your K-9 inclinations.  At this level, you’ll get all of the benefits of the BARE BONES package but instead of a Wise Walker, you’ll get a Wise Walker t-shirt.

Summary:

  • One Wise Walker t-shirt.
  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com.
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Personal thank you email.
  • All project updates. 

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Support our project at the Dog Pile level and you’ll get everything from the Bare Bones package plus a limited edition Chuckling Pup t-shirt, an LED safety beacon and five (5) extra poop bag refill rolls.

Summary:

  • One Wise Walker.
  • One Wise Walker t-shirt.
  • LED Safety Beacon.
  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Five (5) extra poop bag refill rolls.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com.
  • Personal thank you email.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe.
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • All project updates. 

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It can be spell binding to watch kids perform complex, perfectly timed hand clap routines.  If you've never seen one, just search YouTube for "hand clap games".  Pledge at the "with Fries" level and Sarah and Annalise will perform a hand clap routine specially-choreographed for those of you who super size your Dog Pile.  The song will include two names of your choice (e.g., your name and your dog's name) and we'll record the girls performing the routine and send you the video!

Summary:

  • Personalized hand clap tribute by Sarah and Annalise.
  • Everything in the Dog Pile package.

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 Here’s your chance to be a hero to a friend.  At the WO-MAN’S BEST FRIEND level you’ll get a Dog Pile package for yourself and a giftable Wise Walker Dog Pile package for a friend.  

Summary:

  • Two Wise Walkers.
  • Two Wise Walker t-shirts.
  • Two limited edition fridge magnets.
  • Two LED safety beacons.
  • Ten (10) extra poop bag refill rolls.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com.
  • Personal thank you email.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • All project updates. 

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If you have two friends you want to be a hero too, you can get them both a Dog Pile package and you’ll get a Dog Pile package to keep for yourself! A Wise Walker Dog Pile makes a great holiday or birthday gift! 

Summary:

  • Three Wise Walkers.
  • Three Wise Walker t-shirts.
  • Three limited edition fridge magnets.
  • Three LED safety beacons.
  • Fifteen (15) extra poop bag refill rolls.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com
  • Personal thank you email.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • All project updates. 

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Our dogs are not just our friends... they’re our heroes!  They bring us joy, love, humor, protection, companionship and so much more.  Here’s your chance to put your own pup in the spotlight.  Our artist in residence will create a heroic headshot caricature of your dog based on a picture you send us.  Then, we’ll emblazon some very special Wise Walker swag with your pup’s pic.  We're even going to email you the high-resolution raster and vector format files of your custom heroic caricature illustration to use any way you choose.

Here’s what you get:

We’ll make you a gallery-quality 22” x 16” print-on-canvas of your dog’s heroic caricature.  We’re working with a local artist and entrepreneur who launched his own print-on-canvas business after struggling to find a gallery-quality vendor to use for his own art.  His shop is only a couple of miles from our house so the twins and I will be able to roll up our sleeves and actually help produce the pieces -- staple guns are fun. This is a great opportunity for the girls to work with their hands and learn about how things are made.

Two custom Wise Walkers with your pooch’s heroic caricature laser etched right into the toggles. We can do this because we have access to an industrial strength CO2 laser.  That laser also allows us to make you a pair of custom Wise Walker fridge magnets emblazoned with your pooch’s heroic caricature. Did I mention I love lasers? 

While there are no lasers involved, we're also going to have two custom Wise Walker t-shirts emblazoned with your pooch’s heroic caricature. 

Summary:

  • Two custom Wise Walkers.
  • Two custom Wise Walker t-shirts.
  • Two custom fridge magnets.
  • One gallery-quality, 22” x 16” print-on-canvas of your dog’s heroic caricature.
  • High-resolution graphic files of your dog's caricature.
  • Ten (10) extra poop bag refill rolls.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com
  • Personal thank you email.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • All project updates. 

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Over the past decade, I have formally mentored and advised many dozens of companies and entrepreneurs -- both young and old.  One of my greatest passions is working with young entrepreneurs.  If your son or daughter is an aspiring entrepreneur, I’d love to help. 

We’ll work together to design a full day startup experience for your young entrepreneur perfectly suited to his or her age, interests and stage of project.  We’ll focus on taking their project to the next level, whatever that level may be. It would be ideal to have our session in Seattle, because there are some great people and resources that we could draw on.  But if you’re not in/near Seattle, I don’t mind flying to your town for a day but let’s split the air fare and a cheap hotel.  ;)

You’ll also get the Dog Pile package and an extra Chuckling Pup t-shirt for your young entrepreneur.

Here are a few links that will help you learn a bit more about my entrepreneurial experience and philosophy.

  • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobcrimmins/
  • Founders Raw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCriWVDDpc8  
  • GeekWire: http://www.geekwire.com/tag/bob-crimmins/
  • Xconomy: http://www.xconomy.com/author/bcrimmins/

Summary:

  • A full day of entrepreneurship with your young entrepreneur.
  • One Wise Walker.
  • Two Wise Walker t-shirts.
  • One limited edition fridge magnet.
  • Five (5) extra poop bag refill rolls.
  • Early access to NewcoKids.com.
  • Personal thank you email.
  • Serious Karma, projected to the entire universe
  • Immortalized on WiseWalker.com.
  • All project updates. 

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How to Get Add Ons

1. Pledge for a Wise Walker Reward tier at $25 or greater.

2. If you have already made you pledge, then click the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top of the project. This button is only visible after an initial pledge.  

3. Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total number of add-ons you'd like to add. For example, if you add $18 to your initial reward level you'll get one additional Wise Walker, add $36 to your initial reward level for two additional Wise Walkers, etc.  

You can also multiply any other pledge level by it's cost.  For example, for three Publicity Hounds, just pledge 3 x $375, i.e., $1,125.

Kickstarter limits the total number of Wise Walkers per pledge to a maximum of 10.

4. You then need to confirm your new pledge amount and you will be sent to Amazon to finalize the checkout process.

Risks and challenges

We're lucky that the materials and construction techniques for Wise Walkers are similar to the millions of other fabric-based accessories that get produced every year. So everything we need to do to build Wise Walkers and fulfill on our project is well understood.

That said, this is the first time we've gone through the manufacturing process for a fabric product and so there is a lot we still have to learn. To mitigate this challenge, we're working with a consulting firm that specializes is shepherding sewn product projects just like ours through the process -- from pattern making, to materials sourcing, to quality assurance.

Anytime you manufacture a physical product, things can go wrong. Having solid communication with the manufacturer is essential to ward off problems and to deal with them effectively when they happen. We're using a local sewing shop that is about a 20 minute drive from our house so we can be involved with production from start to finish.

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    PUBLICITY HOUND : : : : : : Here’s your chance to put your pup in the spotlight. We'll create a heroic headshot caricature of your dog based on a picture you send us. Then we'll make you a gallery-quality 22 x 16 print-on-canvas of your dog’s heroic caricature. You'll also get two custom Wise Walkers with your pooch’s headshot laser etched into the toggles, two custom Wise Walker fridge magnets and two custom Wise Walker t-shirts all emblazoned with your pooch’s custom headshot. See below for more details.

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    WISDOM OF DOGS : : : : : : We've learned a lot from this project... about building products, about the pet industry, about Kickstarter and about entrepreneurship. This package gets you a brain dump from Team Wise Walker on any of the above subjects. We'll set an upper limit of up to four hours of time. Of course, you'll also get a Wise Walker and a t-shirt.

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    ST BERNARD PUPPY : : : : : : I grew up with St. Bernards. As a four year old, I rode on El Cid with a saddle. As an 8 year old, Cuddles slept in my bed with me. I don't know what I would have done with out their loyalty, companionship and spirit. I know they always were looking out for me. As a St. Bernard pup, you might not be able to carry the full cask of brandy, but you believe in Team Wise Walker and you want to see us succeed. Your generous support will get you the 'pick of the litter' (i.e., any reward package you like), a producer credit on the web site AND on the packaging of every Wise Walker delivered to our backers. We're also gonna sneak an "Easter egg" tribute to you into the Wise Walkers themselves!

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    OLD DOG TEACHES NEW TRICKS : : : : : : Over the past decade, I have formally mentored and advised dozens of companies and entrepreneurs -- both young and old. One of my greatest passions is working with young entrepreneurs. If your son or daughter is an aspiring entrepreneur, I’d love to help.

    We’ll work together to design a full day startup experience for your young entrepreneur perfectly suited to his or her age, interests and stage of project. We’ll focus on taking their project to the next level, whatever that level may be.

    You’ll also get the Publicity Hound package and an extra Chuckling Pup t-shirt for your young entrepreneur. See below for more details.

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    ST BERNARD : : : : : : Like the classic keg of brandy delivered to the alpine hiker, you want to see Team Wise Walker succeed and you're not afraid to show it. A benefactor, a samaritan, a saint. Your generous support will get you the 'pick of the litter' (i.e., any reward package you like), a producer credit on the web site AND on the packaging of every Wise Walker delivered to our backers. We're also gonna sneak an "Easter egg" tribute to you into the Wise Walkers themselves!

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    RIDE THE GRAVY TRAIN w/ DAN SHAPIRO : : : : : : Join us in Seattle for a unique entrepreneurial evening with Team Wise Walker (Annalise, Sarah and dad) and very special guest, Dan Shapiro. Dan is a Seattle startup legend and creator of the most-successful table top game ever launched on Kickstarter. You'll also get some special recognition and custom swag. See below for more details.

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