About this project
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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!'
"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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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