About this project
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Tech Trek is using Google Glass to tell the real story of early-stage entrepreneurs in 5 of America's startup cities.
We will go far beyond posting breakfast pics and plane wings.
You can join us virtually or in real life on an amazing trip through some of America's most innovative cities, beautiful sites and successful startups. We don't want to use Glass to tell an ordinary story, we want to use it to tell a fantastic story by pushing the limits of journalism and documentary film making.
Google Glass is about sharing authentic, first-person experiences in real time. We want to test limits of the hardware and tell an interesting story that will captivate audiences interested in technology and the companies and people who create it.
We get asked all of the time, "what do you do?" Although media has enabled much more behind-the-scenes access of large companies, the vast majority of people know very little about the early stage companies building the future.
Those of us that work in the technology world—especially early stage companies—live in a bubble that's far removed from the average person. We want to show what it is really like on the inside. (TL:DR, it's not like The Social Network or Bravo's Start-Ups)
We are exploring five of the nation's tech hubs and we need your help. Using Google Glass to tell the story, our Kickstarter contributors will help us pick which companies to visit, who to talk to, and what questions to ask.
In short, our contributors will have behind-the-scenes access to nearly everything we do.
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Grand Canyon, AZ
Kansas City, MO
We will focus on early-stage companies and chat with folks from seed-stage companies at YCombinator (Silicon Valley), 500 Startups (Silicon Valley), Science (Los Angeles), TechStars (Boulder), and the Think Big Accelerator (Kansas City).
We are founders, entrepreneurs and barbecue connoisseurs. We are passionate about products and people.
The Trekkers (remember we'll be adding folks to this list as well as the people we'll be interviewing along the way)
Chris Shaw started his first company at 13, when he serviced computers for people in his hometown to buy his first car. He's worked at venture-backed startups SCVNGR and TrueLens in Cambridge MA, before starting his own company LexSpot to help people attain legal services. Chris has advised over a dozen startups on everything from product to team building and fundraising.
Blake Miller founded BodeeFit to get people healthy and is the Director of the Think Big Accelerator in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also and award winning barbecuer, having won with his "Secret Sauce."
Spencer Walsh is the founder of Piscator Media, a video production studio. He's done short films, commercials and product demonstration videos. He is passionate about technology and works with dozens of startups.
What is the campaign funding?
Production costs, editing hours, equipment, etc. Filming and editing is expensive. The more money we raise, the more people we can take along for the ride. If we are successful in raising the entry-level amount, we'll add stretch goals that allow us to add more people and more destinations. Our goal is to simply tell a compelling story.
Will you be adding content throughout the experience that others can engage with?
Risks and challenges
1. Timing — We're not sure when Google will actually be delivering the Glass hardware. Right now Chris is waiting to hear when Google will invite him to purchase his Glass in San Francisco. This date can affect all of the possible places we visit and faces we meet during Tech Trek.
2. Weather — If there is severe weather during Tech Trek, this may prevent us from filming in some of the spots that are chosen.
3. Google Glass Limitations — Truthfully, we don't know how the device will work. We know that it tethers via bluetooth to other connected devices. We know it can stream video, share pictures and be used for hangouts. Those activities are what we are building the documentary around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
While Google hasn't given us the exact date that Chris will pick up Glass in San Francisco, they've made it pretty clear that it will be within the next month. That means to make this work, we will need to move faster than the average Kickstarter campaign that may go on for 30-60 days.
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