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Make a group gift with friends. Collect photos & messages—print into a set of custom cards. Easy. Fun. Unforgettable. Spread the love.
Make a group gift with friends. Collect photos & messages—print into a set of custom cards. Easy. Fun. Unforgettable. Spread the love.
Make a group gift with friends. Collect photos & messages—print into a set of custom cards. Easy. Fun. Unforgettable. Spread the love.
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AwesomeBox: The Ultimate Social Gift

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Help us build a company that creates new "collaborative-expression" experiences. Our products innovate at the crossroads of digital and physical.

Be a founding backer: (1) Buy an AwesomeBox as a gift. (2) Back our entrepreneurial venture to bring AwesomeBox to the world.

Friends & family share personal messages, favorite memories, inside jokes, advice and photos that create a meaningful experience and unforgettable gift.
Friends & family share personal messages, favorite memories, inside jokes, advice and photos that create a meaningful experience and unforgettable gift.

Every card recognizes the person who contributed it. Everyone shares credit for making such an awesome gift.

How it works

  • Start a group project on AwesomeBox.com. We'll send backers an invitation and pre-paid code.
  • Invite Facebook friends to conspire by adding messages & favorite photos. See an example group.
  • Surprise a friend with a box set of custom-printed cards.

Our Vision

Our vision is that collaborative expression will define a new way to give gifts. We believe the most powerful gift is gathering a community to celebrate someone they love. Imagine toasts at a wedding or a surprise party for a friend's birthday. Now, imagine a beautiful physical keepsake that marks that moment in life.

Future plans

We will extend the AwesomeBox platform to include every occasion that galvanizes a group throughout a person's life—graduations, weddings, baby showers, reunions, retirements and memorials. We also plan to introduce new products using video, music and augmented reality.

Our story

Co-founders, Tony Deifell and Dana Underwood. We are both photographers and storytellers who aspire to be more thoughtful. Backers can get a print of our photos (see below).
Co-founders, Tony Deifell and Dana Underwood. We are both photographers and storytellers who aspire to be more thoughtful. Backers can get a print of our photos (see below).

We started by exploring how to help people—and ourselves—to be more thoughtful in a digital age. We focused on redesigning gift giving. Through a "design-thinking" process—anthropology meets entrepreneurship—we identified insights about what people want. After hundreds of field-based interviews, immersions and prototyping, we designed what we believe will be a new collaborative-expression experience.

Pledge Reward #1: Sample Cards

A sample 5-card set of AwesomeBox cards, so you can see the quality (and get some cool cards.

Pledge Reward #2: Photographic prints by Dana & Tony

Pledges from $200 up get a professional print of one of Dana & Tony's photographs. 8"x10" or 11"x14" (click to see larger view).
Pledges from $200 up get a professional print of one of Dana & Tony's photographs. 8"x10" or 11"x14" (click to see larger view).

Pledge Reward #3 — BOOK: Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers

A hard-bound book by Tony's (Chronicle Books), which is currently out of print. (personally signed)

 

Pledge Reward #4: "Boldness has genius" photo print

'Boldness has genius,  power and magic in it!'

Photo of a one-way tunnel in the Marin Headlands. (by Tony Deifell)
Photo of a one-way tunnel in the Marin Headlands. (by Tony Deifell)

In photo:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

'Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius,  power and magic in it!'

W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951.

A startup is like a Himalayan expedition — with commitment, providence moves too.

Risks and challenges

Everyone who pledges in this Kickstarter campaign are our first customers. Our goal is to delight you with AwesomeBox, so you become our champions.

We have limited to a manageable number how many AwesomeBoxes we will deliver July-Aug. We’ll be able to intervene manually if there are any glitches.

Our manufacturer has already produced and delivered hundreds of thousands of printed products — they’re fast, reliable and produce excellent quality.

We are in the final mile of building the AwesomeBox.com platform, so we don't anticipate delays in our delivery dates.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Just want to cheer us on? Want to get the first invitation to one of our next products? Pledge $1 to do both.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    Get a SAMPLE SET OF 5 CARDS used in an AwesomeBox. We will print something cool on each one to give you a sense of what the cards look and feel like. Free USPS shipping. Gift box not included. Pledges of $35 and more will also get this sample set.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Get EARLY BIRD "AwesomeBox 25" — boxset of 25 unique cards customized by your friends. You pay as "host," it's free for everyone who participates. Free USPS shipping. Available as early as July 31.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Get "AwesomeBox 25" — boxset of 25 unique cards customized by a group of friends. (You've paid as "host," so it's free for everyone who participates.) Plus a sample 5-card set in August. Free USPS shipping. Available as early as Sept. 2014.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Get "AwesomeBox 50" — boxset of 50 unique cards customized by a group of friends. You pay as "host," it's free for everyone who participates. Plus a sample 5-card set in August. Free USPS shipping. As early as Sept. 2014.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Get "AwesomeBox 100" — boxset of 100 unique cards customized by a group of friends. You pay as "host," it's free for everyone who participates. Plus a sample 5-card set in August. Free shipping. As early as Sept. 2014.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Get two "AwesomeBox 50" — boxset of 50 unique cards customized by a group of friends. You pay as "host," it's free for everyone who participates. Plus a sample 5-card set in August. Free USPS shipping. As early as Sept. 2014.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Any sized "AwesomeBox" above.

    Plus: (1) a sample 5-card set in August,

    (2) one 8x10 professional print of Dana's or Tony's portfolio photos.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Any sized "AwesomeBox" above.

    Plus: (1) a sample 5-card set in August,

    (2) two 11"x14" professional prints of Dana's or Tony's portfolio photos,

    (3) personally autographed copy of SEEING BEYOND SIGHT (Chronicle Books), and

    (4) 8"x10" photographic print of "Boldness has genius"

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Any sized "AwesomeBox" above.

    Plus: (1) a sample 5-card set in August,

    (2) three 11"x14" professional prints of Dana's or Tony's portfolio photos,

    (3) personally autographed copy of SEEING BEYOND SIGHT (Chronicle Books), and

    (4) 11"x14" photographic print of "Boldness has genius"

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Any sized "AwesomeBox" above.

    Plus: (1) a sample 5-card set in August,

    (2) four 11"14" professional prints of Dana's or Tony's portfolio photos,

    (3) personally autographed copy of SEEING BEYOND SIGHT (Chronicle Books), and

    (4) 11"x14" photographic print of "Boldness has genius"

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Get seventy "AwesomeBox 25" — boxset of 25 unique cards customized by a group of friends. You pay as "host," it's free for everyone who participates. Plus a sample 5-card set in August. Free USPS shipping. As early as Nov. 2014.

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Funding period

- (30 days)