Hi Kickstarters, I'm Bhushan Lele and I want you to have more freedom with your work.
Having spent two years in the culture rich town of Ann Arbor; I often saw artists roaming the streets with their portfolios... able to work in a park, by the river, and in coffee shops.
Wow. The freedom they enjoyed struck something inside me. Why is it that we don't get the same cool toys that artists get to work with for their assignments?
Then it hit me. Let's create an easy-to-carry multi-use portfolio that combines our favorite work tools. At its core, the ideaboard is a portable whiteboard, but its clever design allows it to be used as a notebook, a flip chart, and a traditional wall whiteboard. It's been envisioned to give you the thinking space and flexibility so you can continue to do what you do, with more options and inspiration.
Start your work at the office. Take it to the coffee shop. Compose your thoughts by your bedside. Wanna have more fun? Mind-map your big idea while sipping a drink at the beach. Brainstorm with team-mates at the park. Sketch your next invention while visiting the museum. Or make your next client presentation at your favorite sushi restaurant. Wherever and whenever you are inspired, the ideaboard can be just a grab away. Here's what a few reviewers had to say:
The Ideaboard is crafted using traditional book-binding techniques, giving it an organic look and feel akin to your favorite notebook. You can use it simply to jot down notes, or use its multiple whiteboard sheets to ideate and organize. Need to make a presentation or collaborate with a colleague? Just stand the board up and flip through the sheets like a flip chart. Beer opener? We'll think about it.
Now I am asking your help to take the Ideaboards into production. I believe this Kickstarter project will speak to a tight group of backers who will see beyond the simple aestheticism of the product. This product hasn't been invented to just look good. (and I reiterate) It's been envisioned to give you the thinking space and flexibility so you can continue to do what you do, with more options and inspiration. Check out a customer video using the ideaboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeNhdmvb9x8
I want each one of you to know what an important part you are playing in the company's story by backing the project. It's not easy bringing a new work tool into the world, and a non-digital one at that. On our product's site, we will be dedicating a page to our founding group of backers so your support will always stay with us. From the funds we raise, 70% will go towards the production of the mini ideaboards, 20% towards spreading the word via marketing, and 10% towards developing templates that continue making the ideaboard more useful everyday.
I hope you join us on this journey.
For those looking to get organized or increase productivity, we have several template packs available to add on to your Mini Ideaboard. Templates include a monthly calender, a to-do list, a brainstorm sheet, a grid, two month editorial calender; and two web design specific templates.
Choose from one of 3 Mini Ideaboard template packs:
Blogger Template Pack: For bloggers and authors, this 4 pack of templates includes a two month editorial calender so you can stay on schedule with your writing. See more at: http://tinyurl.com/cnlmmwl
Website Design Template Pack: Keeping in mind the web design process, this 4 pack features 2 web design specific templates that incorporate the 960 Grid System. See more at: http://tinyurl.com/9pdoqqu
Whiteboard Deluxe Template Pack: For the whiteboard enthusiast, this 4 pack includes each of our classic templates. See more at: http://tinyurl.com/8n2rozj
To purchase one of our packs, choose your Mini Ideaboard reward and add $19 to the pledge. Don't forget to send us a message with your choice of template pack!
Create your own templates for the Big Ideaboard: Now you can CREATE your own templates for the large original Ideaboard. With this large pocket, you have the freedom to insert your own customized template. Use the dry erasable pocket to place your own customized templates printed by your local printer or Kinkos. The protective sheets come 3 in a pack and are $15 (shipping included). To purchase a 3 pack pocket sheet, update your pledge by $15.
Seamless Presentation Insert: The seamless Presentation Insert allows you to place printed slides alongside a reusable whiteboard section for easy note-taking during meetings. If you’d like to know more about this insert, leave us a message in the Kickstarter comments area.
International Shipping: Our international supporters and non-continental US residents are very important to us and since the shipping rates vary by location, we are currently unable to offer the Ideaboards outside of the continental US. We hope you support us in other ways, and we invite you to visit our website if you are interested in purchasing an Ideaboard. We will try our best to get the board to you!
• Ring binder – The ring binder securely holds multiple sheets including transparent overlays, whiteboard sheets, and template add-ons.
• Whiteboard sheets – Whiteboard sheets for ideating. Whiteboard sheets are lightweight and can be mounted to your wall with Velcro strips [not included]. The Ideaboard comes with 3 whiteboard sheets and the Mini Ideaboard comes with 5 whiteboard sheets.
• Transparent overlay sheets – Transparent overlay sheets to protect your work or to add secondary details. The Ideaboard comes with 3 transparent overlay sheets and the Mini Ideaboard comes with 5 transparent overlay sheets.
• Elastic band – The included elastic band secures your work and holds your dry erase board sturdy while in Collaboration Mode.
• Low odor dry erase marker (1)
• User Guide
We recommend using low odor markers on your whiteboard sheets to increase durability. Your Ideaboard is made using traditional book binding techniques that may cause warping when left in a hot car or room for several hours.
We recommend two adhesive strips per sheet [not included]. We highly recommend 3M poster strips as they allow for easy mount and dismount (they have a patented velcro system), and are more durable than standard velcro strips. You will find them by putting in "3M command small picture hanging strips" into Amazon or Google. Do not confuse them with regular 3M adhesive strips.
You can learn more about the Ideaboard at our dry erase board site.
Thanks for your support! -Bhushan and Karl
For each Mini Ideaboard template pack add $19 to your pledge. For 2 template packs add $38, for 3 template packs add $57, and so on.
Next, let us know which template pack you want. For example, if you want a Deluxe template pack and a Blogger template pack, pledge $38 and tell us in a message that you want one Deluxe template pack and one Blogger template pack.
Currently we are offering three template packs (Blogger, Website Design, and Whiteboard Deluxe) for the Mini Ideaboard only. BUT, if there is a strong interest for template packs for the (large) Ideaboard, we will look into it! Let us know in the comments section!
Sorry Kickstarters, we can only ship within the Continental US at this time. If you live outside of the Continental US and have someone that lives within the Continental US, let us know and will ship your award to them.
HOWEVER, a fellow Kickstarter mentioned a site, myus.com - see this link http://www.myus.com/en/how-it-works/#&panel1-1. It is a third party that will receive your item in the US and ship it around the world. I have not used them personally, so I cannot tell much about them, but this may be an option for non-continental US customers.
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