Good late-morning, CoworkBuffalo supporters,
Here's the really short version of this post-deadline update for those who have to get to work (or lunch):
For those who want the story:
I was cleaning out rooms and sweeping for some floor refinishing work around my house last night. I had my phone plugged in and laying on the floor. Between the new funder updates and oh-my-did-you-see-this texts from the co-founders, I'm pretty sure my wife and dog will never let me keep my phone on vibrate ever again. Sleep was lost, barking was heard, but, come on—we hit our ridiculous stretch goal, and then some!
One last-minute backer bought the naming rights to a phone booth, and we just heard today that another phone booth might be claimed. And quite a few locals and supporters from afar jumped in as we approached midnight. It's nearly a cliché, but we are honestly surprised and amazed to discover that so many people are willing to support our quirky little project in downtown Buffalo.
We have many thank you notes and tweets to write, but more than that, we now have some promises to keep. We'll soon have the funds to improve the working experience for everybody's day passes and our extremely gracious members, sure. We're eager to tackle those phone booths, upgrade some chairs, and give everyone a full-size fridge for their tasty lunches.
But we will also be planning a really fun party, stuffing envelopes with stickers, setting up a thank-you wall, and designing and printing coffee mugs, (many more) posters, and T-shirts. We'll keep you updated on how things are coming with your rewards shipping, which we expect (as of now) to ship in February. As with all Kickstarter campaigns, we'll only be able to send those of you with mail-able rewards a claiming survey once, so keep an eye on your inbox.
Okay, time to get back to work. There's a lot of it now! All thanks to you very kind folks who want to see Buffalo have a good community space for freelancers, remote workers, and community groups.
~ Kevin P., on behalf of the CoworkBuffalo Nerds.
Around this time tomorrow, the books will be closed on CoworkBuffalo's first Kickstarter campaign. It is, as the most underrated magician in The OC might put it, The Final Countdown.
But you've already pledged, right? RIGHT. Even if you did, you can do something free to get more for your pledge by spreading the word about our final drive. Share this deal right here on Facebook, maybe tweet about it, or iMessage a friend and tell them, "Hey, why don't you want me to have a cool letterpress poster? Why are you so down on posters, Peter?"
Together, we can beat Peter Poster-Hater Posluszniak! As you might have seen, if we hit $5,000 before the books close, everybody who backed at $25 or more gets a letterpress-printed poster. You can also upgrade your pledge now to get into that $25-and-up category.
The main reason we have stretch goals is to give the people who visit CoworkBuffalo (including you, with your day pass!) better chairs, tables, and, well, neon signage. We are just $1,400 short of that goal as I write this. That's one person naming a phone booth, and a few others getting some awesome coffee mugs, posters, and stickers.
We're really excited about this campaign and its outcome. If it were not for people like our awesome members, early supporters, and our Kickstarter backers, CoworkBuffalo would not be here, I would have never met Nick or Kevin C., and Magnachef, Fending, and I would probably have started some terrible business instead. Something involving RFID wallets or whatever. Ugh.
Anyways! Make what happens after tomorrow better for yourself by sharing the campaign on Facebook or tweeting. Even if we don't get all the way there, we will likely be able to do something neat for all of you.
While you're doing that, open a new tab and check out our refreshed home page for CoworkBuffalo. It's no longer dark and cryptic, like an X-COM forum from 1995, but light and quirky, like us, after this campaign.
Thank you again for giving us a chance to work on something that isn't work, and build something great in Buffalo, NY.
~ Kevin P., one of the CoworkBuffalo Nerds
Oh, and P.S. -- Nick said it wouldn't be a proper update without an animated GIF. So here's how we feel with just 24 hours to go. Don't be like David Spade and Christina Applegate, folks. COMMIT.
Hey everyone! WE MADE IT TO 100%!!!
We just wanted to say thanks to everyone for helping us reach our goal with the campaign! As usual though, we're not stopping there. We'd like to keep this campaign running strong through the end, and anything you can do to share this with your friends, family, and coworkers would be awesome.
We'd also like to announce our STRETCH GOALS! Help us out by upgrading your backer level or telling others and you'll get more swag, and our space will be even better.
$5,000: The Chairbler
You'll be sitting in them every day at the space. They should be even comfier! With your added support, we'll upgrade the desk chairs in our "bullpen", the front area of our space.
Unlocked reward: All backers for $25 and up will receive a limited-edition CoworkBuffalo poster.
$7,500: The Scrivener
It's the thing you spend all day on at Cowork: our desks! We'll acquire some higher quality desks for our bullpen area if we reach this stretch goal.
Unlocked reward: All backers for $50 and up will get a custom CoworkBuffalo themed Moleskine notebook.
$10,000: The Producer
Our new home is in the heart of Buffalo's theater district, and across from one of the most famous signs in Buffalo: Shea's! If we reach this goal, we'll commission a neon CoworkBuffalo sign for our front window.
Unlocked reward: All backers for $100 and up will get a special 3D printed CoworkBuffalo logo keepsake.
We've got 9 days left in our campaign. Thanks for your support so far, and let's make it happen!
Hey everyone! Your friendly CoworkBuffalo partners just wanted to say a belated Merry Christmas, and soon-to-be Happy New Year to all of our backers.
As for our campaign: We're hoping to have some stretch goals ready soon! We have some great ideas in mind about how we can go above and beyond what we had in mind to improve the space. Expect another update soon!
Thanks so much for your support so far, and we hope you have a safe and warm holiday season!
-Nick & the CoworkBuffalo partners