Shipping date! And more!
Okay, so we have tons of exciting things to tell you today. But we think there is one thing you want to know more than anything else.
Shipping starts November 1st
That’s right, after a long time of waiting for you and a long time of vague estimates for us (“end of summer”, “soon” etc etc) we can for the first time set a date: November 1st will see the beginning of shipping and our earliest Kickstarter backers will naturally be the first to receive their units.
We’re currently working on investigating at what pace we can roll out the approximately 2000 Kickstarter pledges and 3000 pre-orders. When we’re ready with that we will open up an interface where you can log in with your email address and keep track of the date when you’ll receive your personal shipment.
More interesting news
On the less happy side of things, we have realized we will have to give up our name Memoto. “But, what… it’s a great name”, you probably say. Yes, we love it and it’s great, except that there are existing trademarks hindering us from registering it worldwide. And since we want our products to be used wherever you are, we needed to find something new to call our products and ourselves.
The new name that we’ve found – after a long time of agonizing pain and stupid alternatives – is a name we’ve quickly come to love just as much as Memoto. It captures what we want to do and is unique in its own simplicity.
Memoto is from now on Narrative. The Memoto Lifelogging Camera is now Narrative Clip.
We’re still the same people with the same products and the same goals and plans. We’ve only updated our costume a little.
And just to be clear: this does not affect anything in our commitment to our Kickstarter backers. Narrative is the same legal entity with the same obligations.
Last but not least
Eager as we all are to get the first units out the door, the real journey starts when you and hopefully many more start using their Narrative Clips. To ensure a strong continuation in our development and delivery of services, we have secured a funding round of $3M led by San Francisco-based True Ventures. The guys at True not only provide us with some cash to let us keep building the business, they are also experts in the type of hardware we’re doing. Having previously backed success companies like Fitbit, Makerbot, Kiip, GigaOM and 9GAG, they know a great deal about the challenges that lie ahead of us.
All in all, with a settled shipment date, a new name and a new strong partner behind is, we feel more than ready to deliver what we’ve always promised to our Kickstarter backers: a searchable and shareable photographic memory. It’s now called Narrative.
Lots of love,