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