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About

We know how it feels when you lose something, so we built GoReturnMe to help people get their lost items back!

GoReturnMe tags have over an 80% successful return rate. Why do they work so well? We believe its because of the human factor. Our tags give people an incentive to return your item when you lose it.

GoReturnMe Works For:

Protected Items
Protected Items

Phones - Protect your phone and avoid paying insurance claims. Our service works when your battery dies as well.

Keys - These days some keys can cost up to $300 to replace. Smart keys specifically are quite expensive and must be replaced at the dealership. Don't pay these fees if you lose your keys. Get them back instead.

Wallets - Our tags give people an incentive to do the right thing. You will get your wallet back, and your ID too.

Pets - If your dog or cat is lost you might make a reward poster right? Be prepared beforehand. Our tags are a cloud-based reward poster and a good alternative if you do not want to GPS chip your pet.

Laptops & Tablets - Think about how bad it would be to lose your laptop. Its expensive and its got your life on it. With a single GoReturnMe tag, people will know exactly how to contact you when they find your item.

Other Items - Small Electronics, backpacks, passports, jackets, skateboards, anything!

Benefits

Our tags work! We have already returned about a dozen items. A high number considering the amount of tags we have distributed, plus the short amount of time our service has been live. With our tags your item will be returned. Our tags work better than 80% of the time. And the system is intuitive, private, and fast.

What We've Accomplished!

At this point our service is completely live. People are using the first version of GoReturnMe tags and we have successfully returned people's items.

Version 1 Tags 

Our first version of tags work great. We had some obstacles making sure they were durable enough to last and take a beating. We eventually determined that a clear laminate layer on the surface of these tags was the best way to prevent damage to the serial number on the tag. 

We are currently working with several different methods of improving the durability and lowering the manufacturing costs of the next version of tags.

Version One Tags
Version One Tags

Starter Packs

Our starter packs are a great way to get people started and part of our Kickstarter rewards. A starter pack has 2 sticky tags and a keychain. Perfect for protecting 1 wallet, 1 phone, and 1 keychain.

Starter Packs
Starter Packs

Beta Testing Complete!

In February 2015 beta testing of our first website was completed and we completely rebuilt the website. The second version of our website streamlines the service and the user experience.  The new site is designed to provide a great mobile experience as well, adhering to Google’s new mobile “Material” standards.

1st Place for technology!

In November 2014 we won 1st place in the technology division at the Big Idea Awards sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and RedEye. For winning we won advertising space in the Chicago Redeye, a business Mentorship from Mike McGee (founder of Starter League), and a membership to the Chicago Chamber of Commerce.

Our Website & System

A most strategic part of GoReturnMe is our website. Our website keeps track of the tags in the field as well as the status of the returns currently in process.  One of our founders is our lead developer. We have complete control of our technology, allowing us to guarantee our system and website are working great to help people get their lost items back.

Why We're Raising Funds?

We're raising funds to take GoReturnMe to the next level. Our goal is to distribute between 1 and 1.2 million tags a year. $10,000 will allow us to fulfill our Kickstarter rewards and manufacture between 240,000 - 480,000 tags. That will get us on our way to our longer term goal of 1 million tags distributed in 2015. We need to manufacture and distribute more tags. Feedback suggests we make tags that are more aesthetically pleasing for use on phones. So we are going to make a black version, and a white version of our tags.

Black & White Versions 

People have requested different colored versions of GoReturnMe tags for their phones specifically. So we are going to produce a black and a white colored version. They will look slick on your new iPhone or Android phone. 

Black and White Tags
Black and White Tags

Pet Tags

We also intend to make tags for pets. Why put up a reward poster after the fact. Protect your furry little friends! Put a GoReturnMe tag on their collar and create a reward. Be prepared.

Pet Tags
Pet Tags

Organic Cloud-Based Lost & Found

In addition to our tags as lost item prevention, our website also acts as a universal lost & found bin. Even if you lose or find an item without a tag it can be posted to our site's map where it was lost or found. Businesses can use, and brand, their location on the GoReturnMe map as their virtual, cloud-based lost and found bin. Essentially bringing the lost and found out of the office and into the cloud. The map and lost and found feature can be added to any website easily.

Generosity & Charity

We created this to help people but the generosity of others has caught us by surprise! Some users have gone above and beyond by saying they don't want to be rewarded for returning someone's lost item. So we have built into the website the ability to donate the reward amount to a charity. People are awesome.

Another Video On How It Works

VIDEO MUSIC CREDIT:
"Drink In Truth Out" by The Ivorys
http://www.theivorysband.com
Thanks to The Ivorys for letting us use their tune in our Kickstarter video!

Special Thanks To:
Lexie Hemmingway
http://www.ArtistView.com
Sam White and The Ivorys

Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING
Creating a tested and durable product has been one of the obstacles we tangle with. Our tags must stand the test of time and take a beating. By using layers of different materials and laminates we have created a quality version 1 GoReturnMe tag. Costs are also a factor. We have to take into account the tag cost and the human effort required putting together our starter packs. Currently our tag costs can vary based upon quality and quantity. We are building relationships with various manufacturing partners to reach the best solution.

DISTRIBUTION
We distribute our tags to people in various ways. They can be ordered through the website, we only charge for shipping. We are developing relationships with event organizations, transportation hubs, venues and other high item-loss risk organizations and industries.

COMPETITION
There are one or two other products that try and help you recover lost items. For example, the "Find My iPhone" app for apple products and the "Tile" product. These services focus on gps tracking for recovery. Our research has shown that these products usually just show you the last place your phone was before it was turned off by someone that found it, in other words, they show you where your item was stolen. They don't get your item back because there is no incentive to the person who finds your item... and someone always finds your item.

There is another lost and found website that provide tags, but the tags are very expensive. It is also unclear how the reward works for their service. Our tags will always be provided for free (other than shipping and handling) to anyone that wants them. There is no cost to protect your items with GoReturnMe. We only make money when your item is successfully returned.

We also have business solutions that are overwhelmingly awesome for asset protection and cloud-based lost and found.

We stand alone as a unique, free, cloud-based lost and found service that works extremely well and is very easy to setup and use.

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    THANK YOU. You helped GoReturnMe become the household name for lost and found. You will get updates on our progress and we will add you to the “THANKS” page on our website. There is FREE shipping on ALL of our Kickstarter rewards within the United States.

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    2x GoReturnMe Starter Kits. You helped GoReturnMe become the household name for lost and found. You will get updates on our progress and we will add you to the “THANKS” page on our website. Plus you get 2 GoReturnMe starter kits. That’s 2 tags for your phones, 2 tags for wallets, and 2 keychain tags.

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    BLACK TAGS STARTER KIT. You get a GoReturnMe starter kit with our black tags for your phone, wallet, and a keychain tag for your keys. We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    WHITE TAGS STARTER KIT. You get a GoReturnMe starter kit with our white tags for your phone, wallet, and a keychain tag for your keys. We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    WHITE & BLACK TAGS STARTER KIT. You get both a white and a black tags starter kit. Each kit includes a tag for your phone, wallet, and a keychain tag for your keys. We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    PET TAG. You will receive a pet tag for your beloved pet's collar. We'll send you some starter packs too. Perfect for dogs and cats! We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    FAMILY PACK. You get 5 keychains and 20 phone, wallet, and anything tags. That should be enough to protect every set of keys, wallet, and device in your home. We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    FAMILY PACK + PETS. You get 5 keychains, 20 phone and wallet tags, and 3 pet tags. That should be enough to protect every set of keys, wallet, device, and beloved pet in your home. We'll also add you to the thanks page on our website.

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    PLUS PACK. You will receive every version of our tags we have. We'll send you enough starter packs for you and your friends, family, colleagues, etc. You'll get our black tag versions, and the white tag versions. Plus you'll get the pet tags too. We'll also add you to the VIP section of the thanks page on our website.

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    PREMIER PACK. We'll hook you up with every version of our tags we have. We'll send you enough starter packs for you and your friends, family, colleagues, etc. You'll get our black tag versions, and the white tag versions. You'll get the pet tags too. Plus you get a special metal tag package. And of course we'll add you to the VIP section of the thanks page on our website.

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    TOP DOG! Thank you for becoming a key part of the GoReturnMe team. You get every version of our tags. You'll get a special priceless GoReturnMe Tag package with custom one-of-a kind metal tags. You'll also get to come and hang out with our development team and see the magic behind the scenes at GoReturnMe. And of course we'll add you to the VIP section of the thanks page on our website.

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