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$367,735
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, March 30 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

$367,735
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
3,686
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, March 30 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

72 Hours Later & What This Means for SwitchPod (& You)

Posted by Caleb Wojcik (Collaborator)
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We're still processing the amazing support and growth of the SwitchPod campaign since our launch 3 days ago. To be honest, things have changed...

...but in a massively good way.

Before I get to that, some special things to share really quick:

After 72 hours, you've helped us reach 2,419 backers (2,709 SwitchPods). Together, we've raised $237,693.

Just, wow. 

The SwitchPod was featured and shared by some amazing people who have definitely helped the campaign, including Peter McKinnon, Levi Allen, and more. Here are some videos about what they said about their experience using the product, and what you can look forward to:


Big thanks to everyone who has shared the product in any way. Really, our favorite part about the additional exposure is the healthy and (mostly) civil discussions about the SwitchPod and how it compares to other tripod solutions out there.

For example, many people are realizing that we didn't build the SwitchPod to do everything. The legs don't bend, for example, and that was a purposeful design decision we made. If you film and need the legs to bend around poles and tree branches every single time, the SwitchPod is not a good solution for that.

If you're on the go quite a bit, travel with your camera and want to make switching from tripod mode to "vlogger/handheld" easy and simple, then this is perfect. That's what we built it for.

You see, when you create something to try to please everybody and tackle every problem in the book, you'll end up with something that looks like that remote control you get from your cable provider - something ugly with 400 buttons, when really all you use are 6 or 7.

It's been fascinating to follow the conversations, and we're actively involved in many. Thank you to everyone who has shared their thoughts and surfaced valuable discussions!

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So as I was saying earlier, things have changed - but in a great way. 

Because the campaign was funded so quickly, that means we're already having discussions with our manufacturing team and supply chain that would have normally happened 57 days from now. We're even having conversations about how to make the product even better, and other ways that we could potentially serve you.

It's been a fun ride, and we're just getting started. To all of the backers who have supported the campaign thus far, thank you. We don't take your pledge lightly and fully understand you may have potentially backed great projects in the past that have not been fulfilled to you.

We promise to keep you in the loop the entire way, even after the campaign ends, and our goal is to not be "another one of those" Kickstarter campaigns that takes years to deliver to their backers. 

Our goal is to be the example of how a Kickstarter campaign should run - sharing the successes and any hiccups that may happen along the way.

Cheers, we appreciate you, and here's to you and what you create, too.

Pat & Caleb & the SwitchPod Team


p.s. If you want to get an inside look on what Day 1 was like for us at SwitchPod HQ, we captured the entire day in a short vlog for you. Hope you enjoy! 

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    1. Lance Williams, MD on

      You've stalled. Don't be complacent and just "happy we won" - EXTEND your win. Strike while the iron is hot. On much of your social media, you don't include links to the kickstarter campaign. Many search terms like "pod" or "camera" don't bring up your product when searching ON Kickstarter. Keep grinding.

    2. Anssi Kumpula on

      While I totally get making the idea a reality as it stands, SOME tilting adjustments would be great. I’m having a blast with Joby Micro on my Ricoh GR as it allows me to have it attached always and still have a little bit of wiggle-room to tilt and straighten the camera on different surfaces and perspectives.

      I do understand that heavier gear probably won’t work with kind-of-a-ball-head functions like on the Joby Micro, but if you figure out a way to have that kind of a small ballhead-kind-of-plate that would be so convenient.

      Anyway, thanks and good luck!

    3. Joost Schlatmann on

      rethinking what the 'problem statement it is and tries to solve and BAM ! Well done !!

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      Julie Blankenship on

      I am excited about this product. I ordered two after watching the video it was featured in, by Peter McKinnon. I just read your email about staying true to your vision of the design rather than trying to please everyone. I agree. However, a few customizable accessories would be extremely welcome. Just a, “Hey, if you want it, we have it available.” sort of thing (I’m personally thinking of an attachment that would allow for camera tilt.) That way, people can have some freedom to customize without it coming out like a Frankenstein version of what you had originally intended. Just a thought

    5. Marisa Anne Cummings on

      A heartfelt Congratulations Pat + Caleb and the Switchpod Team!! Can't wait to get my switchpod and some day when you're ready... I know you have a lot on your plate at the moment. :) May I request a small overhead tripod for those of us who regularly film painting/creative projects overhead. I have tried so many in the marketplace, and for many reasons none work well. You've given the switchpod so much careful thought and attention to detail, I'd love to see an overhead created by you too, or maybe an attachment? thank you! Onward!

    6. Anita Cadonau-Huseby on

      Super excited about this project and that the funding was a huge success! Would love to see if you guys could either provide or look at including an optional add-on for a ball-head that wouldn’t add a lot of bulk but be stable enough for a camera.