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Thanks for helping us surpass our goal. If you missed the campaign, please visit us at thisisground.com.

You can choose what color you want at the end.
You can choose what color you want at the end.

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Cordito
Cordito

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Cord tacos
Cord tacos

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Cordlupa
Cordlupa

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The Cord Suite includes 5 Cord Tacos, 1 Cordito and 1 Cordlupa in your choice of black or tan. Made from premium leather and hardware here in the U.S.A. All ship before Dec 25, 2013.

Leatherback Writer - you choose between Black, Whiskey, Grey or Tan
Leatherback Writer - you choose between Black, Whiskey, Grey or Tan

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Exclusive Taco with "Kickstarter Green" snap - available here only
Exclusive Taco with "Kickstarter Green" snap - available here only

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Newman Original laptop case available at stretch goal.
Newman Original laptop case available at stretch goal.

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Newman Gridded laptop case available at stretch goal.
Newman Gridded laptop case available at stretch goal.

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Surprise Grab Bag
Surprise Grab Bag

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Buffalo - strength and beauty
Buffalo - strength and beauty

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New snaps
New snaps

PROCESS
Living in Downtown LA gives you amazing access to people that have been making goods for decades. In 2012 I started to join in and made a few leather products including some wallets and keychains. This ultimately led me to tackling a huge frustration of mine - the cable mess in my bag. A friend sent me a few links on how this was being solved and I saw an opportunity to create something that would be more effective and minimal.

The first was the Cord Taco for individual cables. Then came the Cordito for wrapping up multiple wires. Rounded it all off with the Cordlupa to tame the nastiest beast in the bag, the power adapter.

BACKGROUND
I started my career as a print designer and like other designers got on the internet bandwagon designing digital products for companies like AOL and Myspace. As a designer & tech enthusiast I noticed the lack of products that solved the problems that came along with new technology. The cord taco was my first solve to the pesky problem of wire tangles & knots.

Now I am at a point in where there's a steady high demand of these products and need help with funding so I can continue to produce, design new products & get wide distribution.

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SEP 22, 2013 Update: Design modifications

Based on feedback from our prototype testing, we're making these modifications to the products you'll be receiving. We feel that these will provide an even better experience using the goods..

Design modifications
Design modifications

Modifications:

1. Metal snaps will be added to Cord Tacos to provide strength to the closure -- this will prevent your taco from popping open.

2. Moving away from the 2 iPhone plug specifications on the left of the Cordito - replacing with a stitched pouch and a metal snap. This will provide a flexible pocket to fit more sizes or whatever else you'd like to stow, ie, stylus, larger plug, magic beans or whatever you'd like.

3. Cordlupa is now 'one size fits all' which allows you to not worry about what size power adapter you have - all you have to do is pick the leather colors.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges after a raise is ensuring that you project your future costs, spend accordingly, and track the funds to the tee. I am qualified to overcome this because we understand what it takes to be profitable. This is Ground has set up a strong process of prototyping, getting the piece perfect and then doing small runs so we don't have extra inventory. We have great partners in manufacturing here in Los Angeles. We have modeled and projected all costs including design prototyping, customer acquisition, sourcing, etc. We are confident we can overcome any obstacle as I have personally started multiple companies and understand how to manage risk, grow and innovate.

FAQ

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  • Newman laptop case dimensions are: Large is 16" wide x 10.5" high / Small is 14" wide x 9.25" high

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  • Yes, it will fit phones that are no larger than 3" wide x 6" high x .5" thick.

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  • This campaign is so that we can raise money for the following:

    1. To make and ship products more efficiently. We will hire more help, buy material in bulk, provide larger orders to our makers so that we get a higher priority and upgrade our own tools and methods to move quicker.

    2. To provide newly enhanced products to the Kickstarter community first and at a discounted price. We have improved our products as a result of Kickstarter pledges and community feedback. The changes that we've made are to the Cord Taco (added snaps for a stronger closure and new colors), Cordito (added a larger pocket to fit international plugs) and the Cordlupa (now one size fits all Apple power adapters). Theses new products are only available here on Kickstarter for this campaign.

    3. Grow the business. It requires a lot to maintain and grow a business. I run this business extremely lean and only make product when it's ordered - rarely sitting on any inventory. The only way that I've been able to do that is partner with other makers that understand that model. These makers are here in the USA and I hit a point where I had to make a decision of scaling it offshore or keeping it here in the states. I figured out how to grow while keeping it here, it just required more material and services in bulk (cash flow). I also needed to rent a fulfillment space in Los Angeles for a modest monthly fee. All in all the Kickstarter $'s will provide a way to scale to the next level and buys us space to continue to enhance and make new products.

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    Get your creative & good deed on by donating a buck and we'll send you a This is Ground pencil to jump start your next idea.

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    EXCLUSIVE "KICKSTARTER GREEN SNAP" CORD TACO Earlybird - Receive one black cord taco with a "Kickstarter Green" snap. These are made exclusively for this project and will not be sold anywhere else.

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    Donate $10 and we'll send you 2 pairs of leather laces in brown and a fun color so you can revive a pair of your boots or shoes.

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    SURPRISE GRAB BAG - Samples, products used in photo shoots, prototypes and other randoms bagged up in surprise bags. The average value of each bag ranges from $35 to $50. (each bag has 1 or more Corditos, Cord Tacos, Knick Knack Nachos or Cordlupas)

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    CORD TACOS Earlybird - Get a 5 pack of our famous cord tacos at this special price. You'll get a mixed pack of tans & blacks - the most popular choice.

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    CORDLUPA Earlybird - We'll send you our newest creation - the Cordlupa. Get excited - for the first time ever you'll actually enjoy wrapping & carrying the power cord beast.

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    EXCLUSIVE "KICKSTARTER GREEN SNAP" CORD TACOS Earlybird - Get a 5 pack of black cord tacos with "Kickstarter Green" snaps. These are made exclusively for this project and will not be sold anywhere else.

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    LEATHERBACK WRITER - Compact book of love that protects your iPhone (5, 4S, 4, 3, etc), Moleskine and favorite pen or pencil. Gorgeous leather, hand stitched with a leather strap to hold it tightly together. Nice to be able to pack up the things you love most and head out. When surveyed, you can choose between black, whiskey, grey or tan.

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    CORDITO Earlybird - You'll get the Cordito. Perfect for traveling with multiple cords - headphones, usbs and other stranglers.

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    CORD SUITE Earlybird - For a limited time get the CORD SUITE at a special price deal. You'll get a 5 pack of cord tacos, cordito, and the cordlupa.

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    CREATIVE SUITE - We're offering the Leatherback Writer & Pencil Leather Wrap for $75 as a CREATIVE SUITE. Join us in creating something special.

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    CORD SUITE + EXCLUSIVE CORD TACO WITH "KICKSTARTER GREEN" SNAP - For a limited time get the CORD SUITE at a special price. You'll get a 5 pack of Cord Tacos, Cordito, Cordlupa, and one exclusive cord taco with "Kickstarter Green" snap.

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    NEWMAN LAPTOP CASE - Designed to fit a 15" Macbook Pro and 13" Macbook Air, a portfolio or miscellaneous items, this Newman envelope is one of our favorite carriers. Grab this exclusive-limited edition 100% leather envelope here on Kickstarter only. You can choose between Original (plain leather) and Gridded when surveyed.

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    MONOGRAMMED CORD SUITE Earlybird - For those who want to make sure no one snags your cord suite, donate $110 and we'll monogram each piece - the cord tacos, cordito, cordlupa. DAMN.

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    GOLD CORD SUITE - What's better than cord tacos? Cord tacos dipped in gold. Actually, get the whole CORD SUITE dipped in gold foil for a donation of $125. Be in 1 in 30 people to have a GOLD set of 5 cord tacos, a cordito and cordlupa.

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    BUFFALO CORD SUITE - The most manly of all leathers, get the CORD SUITE made with buffalo leather. Be in 1 in 30 people to have a set of 5 cord tacos, a cordito and cordlupa in buffalo leather.

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    ULTIMATE EARLY BIRD (just added) - Receive both the Cord Suite (5 Cord Tacos, 1 Cordito and 1 Cordlupa) and the Creative Suite (Leatherback Writer + Pencil Case) in your choice of color for the full experience.

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