I've always wanted to start "my own thing," but when I looked at business media for inspirational stories of success I couldn't find much to relate to. There were stories about multi-millionaires who had created giant tech companies but I was more interested to know how my favorite record label started out, who was behind the blog that I check every day, or how my regular brunch spot came into being. I wanted to read about the battles behind making an idea happen so that I could better navigate my own ideas in the future, and I figured I wasn't alone in having this desire.
It was then that I decided that "my own thing" would be a magazine about "starting your own thing." It's called Konichiwang.
And it's your new personal trainer that will inspire you to make your big or small ideas happen. It's your new best friend that tells you about cool people and places you need to know about. And it's your new snuggle buddy for when you want to curl up and indulge in a life conversation that's sporadically softened with tangential stories.
-Holds your attention because you hold a physical product in your hands. The stories in Konichiwang are not going to get buried in your feed, lost in your bookmarks, or diluted by the presence of seven other page tabs.
-Has longevity & will serve as reference material for years to come. We weren't worried about search terms or buzzwords just telling good stories, stories that will be as relevant in three days as they are in three years. And when you're ready to make your big idea happen Konichiwang will be there on your shelf to inspire you with stories about starting out.
-Features Q&A interviews with 12 New Yorkers about how they made their big idea happen.
-Is beautifully made & will catch people's attention anywhere you leave it. You'll want to keep Konichiwang for a long time because it will look sublime upon your coffee table, desk, book shelf, foyer, bedside table — anywhere you show-off your most prized possessions. At 120 pages (about 14OZ / 400G) of matte recycled paper and soy-based ink it's hefty in your hand but just a touch undersized on your shelf (11.5in / 29.2cm X 9.5in / 24.13cm).
-Includes funny doodles drawn by each interviewee. Each interviewee was directed to draw four things: a self portrait, a picture of what they do / their idea", New York City, and the name Konichiwang.
-Gives you quick five minute reads, longer twenty minute reads, and everything in between.
-Offers the reader the choice to be entertained, educated, or both.
The people interviewed for Issue 1 have got something in common...
They've all had an idea and made it happen. Their idea might be a business, a blog, or a band, but regardless of the industry these interviewees come from what's certain is that their stories provide valuable guidance for anyone looking to make their own idea happen. Here's a selection of the dozen interviewees:
A father to two young children, Emil left a dream job as brand manager for one of the biggest vodka brands in the world to spend five years working on fifty different formulas, until he created the best gin you'll ever taste.
Nick couldn't find the music he wanted so decided to release it with one of his best friends (A-Trak), they also decided to have as much fun as possible while running the business, without incurring any debt. Now they're one of the most recognizable independent record label's in the world, and definitely the most fun.
Gracias!___ISSUE 1 (DIGITAL COPY)__
While we do want to get people away from their screens we accept that reading from a tablet or a phone is more practical for many people so we'll send you a download of the whole magazine.
Merci! ___ISSUE 1 (EARLY BIRD COPY)___
You're the first onboard so we're giving you a special deal on the price and we'll also make sure you're the first to receive your copy in the mail. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine
Cheers!___ISSUE 1 (PRINT & DIGITAL)___ The magazine will be in your possession months before it is available through retail stores or in hotels. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine
Danke!___1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION (2 ISSUES)___You'll get both issue 1 and issue 2 (value $50) well before they're available to the general public, and we're certain that issue 2 is going to be even better. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine of Issue 1.
Asante! __2 INVITES TO LAUNCH PARTY & ISSUE 1___ To celebrate the success of our Kickstarter project, and to show off issue 1 to the world we're going to have an epic party (venue TBA) in New York City and we want you and a guest to join us. There'll be an open bar, numerous DJs, and some special guest appearances. This will be a party you talk about for a long time. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine.
Tack!___ISSUE 1 & LIMITED ART PRINT___Of the hundreds of Polaroid photos taken for issue one we captured some beautiful portraits so we combined 12 of these photos into a limited edition print. It is printed on 18x22 Inch high quality 290gsm bamboo photography paper. This is limited to a series of 200 ever! Each print is hand-signed and comes with a certificate of authority. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine. Please add $20 per additional magazine or $49 per extra print.
Arigato!___EVERYTHING SO FAR!___2x Tickets to the launch party, 1x year subscription, 1x limited print, and 1x digital copy of issue 1 (value $170) ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine. Please add $20 per additional magazine. FREE Shipping Worldwide.
Xie xie!___BUTTON DOWN SHIRT & ISSUE 1___ This is the shirt on the cover of the magazine, and the shirt Andrew is wearing in the video (it's kind of like the wallpaper scene in Garden State). You'll receive a men's button down short sleeve shirt in your size that is made in New York City with Liberty Print fabric ($35 per yard! Normal cotton is less than $5 per yard) and made on demand specifically for your pledge. ***Bonus! Your name will be included on the thank you page of the magazine.
Please add $170 per additional shirt $20 per additional magazine.
Obrigado!___DINNER IN NYC WITH INTERVIEWEES___ We're going to bring you and a guest from anywhere in the lower 48 states to NYC for a long weekend where you'll attend a private dinner at The Smile so you can meet the interviewees featured in Issue 1. Accommodation at 4 star hotel for 3 days will also be included. Konichiwang Editor-In-Chief Greenie will then take you on a personal tour of some of the cool spots that are mentioned in the interviews. Your name will also be included in the masthead with a special thank you. You'll also receive the EVERYTHING reward listed above.