Extra Chili Pepper for All Backers + Next Stretch Goals
We've made it! Or should I say you've made it because without you we could never have reached $450,000 in pledges. All backers will now receive an extra cartridge of Chili Pepper as part of our stretch goals. (That's in addition to Mini Tomato and Salad Rocket which had been unlocked already.) Thank you all!
Next stretch goals
We have about a week to go until the end of our Kickstarter project and it would be so much less fun for everyone involved if we didn't have ambitious goals to go after. And so we're introducing more stretch goals. They're a little different than last time round because we can't just keep adding refills, and we hope you'll like them.
$500,000 stretch goal - upgrade to Mint. While we can't add more refills to pledge levels, we can upgrade one of the plants. Tests are going well for mint which many backers have inquired about, and so we can upgrade one of the current plants to peppermint. Based on what we know today lemon balm has the least fans, but we would put this up for a vote.
$600,000 stretch goal - a mobile app. We've made growing plants at home as simple as possible, but they still need some looking after. The Click & Grow app gives you tips on growing plants, sends you important reminders and lets you send photos of your herbs to our Gardener for feedback. It would be available for iPhone and Android.
$700,000 stretch goal - upgrade to Strawberry. This is the ultimate stretch goal, because neither reaching that level nor having a strawberry refill ready by September is easy. If we reach this level we'll upgrade one of the six plants to Strawberry, decided by a vote among our backers. Our gardener is ready, we hope that you are, too.
LEDs, production, etc.
We received quite a bit of feedback on our LEDs last time round. We've taken this aboard and while we maintain that the vast majority of our backers will not need to replace the LED, we'll make the light replaceable. There's a small chance that this will put our shipping deadline to risk, if this will be the case we'll proceed with our previous plan but will extend the warranty of the light component to three years for our Kickstarter backers.
We've made good progress with negotiations with possible manufacturing partners and are looking to make a decision in the first half of May. Our deadlines are ambitious but so far things are going as planned.
Also, we took part in Cool Products Expo at the Stanford University two weeks ago. Our plan was to shoot a video there so you could get to know us and see people's reactions to the Smart Herb Garden, but the event got so busy we didn't even have time to eat or visit the restroom, let alone shoot a video. There's just this blurry photo of yours truly, talking about the subtle differences between various kinds of basil (I think).
Guess that's it. We're very happy, having reached our project goal in 2 days and all our stretch goals after that. But we still want to do a proper last push and deliver Smart Herb Gardens (as well as the stretch goals) to as many people as possible. If I can ask you for a small favour, please tweet or share our Kickstarter page.
Mattias and the Click & Grow team