Quick Starter Studio (Hobo Free)
A studio & school for your projects! 1st project is M.A.C.K by Robot Underground and home of the Hobo Free project.
Technology Singularity: A Kickstarter project to support Kickstarter projects... Or any kind of project. (This can be based on science / technology, art & crafts and humanitarian projects like Hobo Free.
Service ideas we'd love to offer once we get this going:
Film / commercial video production, mobile audio, window tinting, mechanic / motor sports, tattoo & body mods, T-shirts - clothing & apparel, sign / decal making, hydroponic supply, solar energy supply, foundry, electric vehicle conversion, gaming - chill lounge, night / comedy club, water & ice center, art gallery, art studios, home & industrial cleaning, handyman, community center, office space, pet grooming, recording studio (audio), electronics repair & apprentice programs, free job placement & home finder services, test kitchen, entrepreneurial incubator, fitness center, recycling, photography, shipping center, health clinic, dorms / housing, computer repair, HVAC training and more.
Quick Starter Studio
This idea is to create a physical studio / school for all people to work on their ideas and projects. (Which may or may not be for Kickstarter)
Everyone loves this idea, however in my experience, projects like these need constant revenue streams... We have to have a way to pay for it and we cannot rely on donations alone.
This fundraising campaign is to help us get the space and equipment we need to be self sustaining.
The QuickStarter idea has developed over the last year as we've grown Robot Underground out of house and home. We have a need for a larger, more industrial space. I thought of a warehouse of course but that would be a very large and unnecessary risk on my own. As I shopped for the, "perfect", location; I quickly realized that even just looking at the places inspired me to think larger than just of my personal needs. I realized that if teamed up with the right groups, we could all benefit from having a secure location that we could all afford. This would include people that no longer wish to be homeless. Imagine being an artist or mechanic and being able to work in a safe location with good friends and good food. No money for supplies or studio time? Learn a new skill and / or trade with others there to support your work. There's plenty of work to be done here.
As one of my mentors said, "If you're stuck on an idea, you're not thinking big enough". The first team member is Justin Goode who is one of the top motorsports mechanics here in Arizona. He actually ended up homeless and we ended up taking him in. In helping him, I realized that we could set up small suites to be sublet either by the hour or by the month. Think of people that do hair, nails or tattoos for a living. It could also be massage / physical therapy, mechanic, window tint guy or even just someone that needs a temporary office space. Many would love a clean, secure and affordable space available 24/7. We could house much of the equipment and offer affiliated merch and accessories to help offset the costs of the space. More than anything it would naturally create cross-marketing due to the wide variety of citizens we'd house.
One client might be coming in for a cell phone repair and see that we also do tint, car audio, tattoos and our mobile dentist has shown up that day.
I started thinking about all of the vendors I work with to support us. I found a screen printer that can do custom work and wouldn't you know it, they need a safe, cheap space. As it turns out, they love doing trades too so now we'd be able to offer custom shirts for below market value to our clients right here in Arizona!
We then found that all of us need or use advertising or promotions so we've teamed up with a sign shop guy that has his own printers and cut vinyl plotters, he just needs a CNC router. (He'll be making the decal packs that you get! We also plan to have all of these tools at your disposal as a Quickstarter Studio club member.)
Then while sharing these ideas with my friend Samantha; She asked what we'd do for food. She works as a food server and has always wanted to open her own restaurant. But with low income, expensive transportation and housing, that dream would always just be a dream. I suggested that could build her a small apartment to live in, then during the day, run a small kitchen / cafe at the warehouse to get going.
I then started looking at what it costs to put in a kitchen and realized that for just a little bit more, we could actually build a show kitchen to use or lease for testing and creating cooking videos for TV or the web.
Then we applied this idea for making Kickstarter projects. We realized that we could provide studio space for making videos, taking photos and recording music for other people's projects. All while being supported by a small army of enthusiastic helpers that live nearby or actually in the same location.
Then the problem came up of clean water supply. We realized that it'd best if we have our own in house R.O., (Reverse Osmosis), supply but then how do we get someone else to pay for that? Offer affordable water and ice to the surrounding community below market price!
You know what else likes clean water? Plants. Think of an urban garden which is a great idea, but how do you pay for it. You order direct from China and become a small supplier to everyone else in the club. We'd teach and share gardening at home and in urban areas. This would provide us with the highest quality ingredients and nutrients while providing for those neighbors surrounding us.
How do you get the light you need? Ahhh, solar and led lighting from China. We can import these goodies and offer them below market value to our members. We'd just need a group of buyers and a place to receive the shipment, etc. The projects just keep rolling in. Other projects include of course the use of our sound proof conference room to host seminars or training workshops. Community art shows, music listening room for high end home theater and the like. Group sound recordings as well. 24/7 urgent care facility for both humans and animals. Optometry, Dental, even a small fitness center...The possibilities are endless and exciting! We even have some mechanics lined up to start doing electric vehicle conversions!
All of this is well and good, however we need something solid to get it going and that's where Robot Underground and I step in. We're willing to donate the first Quick Starter studio project. In return we'll have plenty of space and time to develop the dozens of other ideas we have while training and trading time / skills with everyone.
We need something big. Something that will generate plenty of revenue and have huge potential to sustain us. Say Hello to my little friend... MACK.
Start Small, Think Big.
M.A.C.K. (Modular Audio Concepts & Kinetics)
The idea behind MACK is to create audio systems and products in an open source fashion with high reliability and DIY service capability.
The first stage of MACK is to start with the subwoofer. We've figured out a great way to make today's ultra performance woofer here in America for less than what Asian sourced makers are selling their products for.
You can view the video here which gives you a better idea.
Short M.A.C.K. Video (Yes, I know it's dated. We've been working on this launch for a while.)
Long M.A.C.K. Video (Rolls deep into it, 18 minutes)
Location! Location! Location!
Right now we have in mind a few large warehouses available to us for around $3500 a month. This includes utilities and insurance. We want to have a 6 month cushion but that'd put us at $21k in cushion. We want to meet our goal so we're pushing it down to a 90 day window. This cuts our cushion of $21,000 in half at about $11,000. Plus we don't have to start the warehouse move until the parts are on the water and on their way.
Kickstarter / Amazon get $1,500 for making it all happen.
We found a used, working magnetizer worth over $30,000 that was used by Orion Industries to make the original XTR and HCCA subwoofers. The Seller is making it a donation at a charge of just $3,000 plus shipping.
We haven't found a property yet but can bet that it will require mods and some remodeling with security features to keep us all safe at our new sanctuary. I've donated the essentials, (cameras, cables & dedicated PC), but we figure it will eat up about $4,000. This will also cover any rentals we'll need to move participants to the new location. We are looking for a property that is also zoned for residential so that we can build dorms for members and their family to live. Everyone involved wants this project to take off and many are willing to downsize and do whatever it takes personally to see it succeed.
To launch the MACK project, we'll also need about $6,000 in materials from China. (magnet slugs, top plates, T-yokes)
The final piece of equipment needed for MACK is a CNC router table. This table will be used by almost all of the residents and participants. A good table will cost $30k but we can make a starter table out of MDF for around $4,000. It will start paying for itself and other items the day it's built. I even found a great local project called TechShop, http://techshop.ws , that can teach me how to program ours. As an Air Force veteran, I get a bunch of great benefits there and will use every one of them to benefit this project. (Techshop is great by the way, just WAY too expensive for me as a consumer.) The great part about this project is that we'll offer many of the same offered services for MUCH less. You can even learn by helping one someone else's project.
Break It Down Little Babies:
Kickstarter - $1,500
MACK parts & Magnetizer - $9,000
CNC Router Table - $4000
Move/ Remodel / Setup - $4,500
Rent / Time Cushion - $11,000
That puts us at $30,000 as our goal.
Now, we want at least one of these great clubs in your town but we need to get this one KickStarted to fuel and pay for the others.
This will be a private club. The rules are much different for a private club and work to the benefit of all involved in this type of project. When you strip away all the burden that a "normal" life provides, you see that it requires TONS of money just to break even at the end. With a little trust in one another and imagination you can live very well in a small community on a $5 an hour wage and still manage to get ahead with some savings in the bank and time with your family. Some people have described it as a World 3.0 Community, I call it an Urban Village. I hope it to be a place where we help one another live a better life and help provide for the communities that surround us. One friend described it as a proactive community center or Goodwill you can live at. For me it's like running a really great church / school that is focused on your dreams and success.
Traditional education opportunities like a college have become a cruel and expensive joke on society. Even Trade Schools seem to be only good at putting even poorer people into debt. I know in my heart that it doesn't have to be this way.
"If it is to be, it's up to me" (Help make your community hobo free.)
I'm not here to save anyone. I simply have an idea for an alternative way to do the same thing, be successful. It requires participation on your part to make it happen though. Not just for the launch but to keep it a living, breathing experiment. For those that get it, they love it. For those that don't understand or feel threatened, they've been my worst critics and enemies.
The ideas of apprenticeship have been around forever but have seem to disappear from America. For me, I've been developing this apprentice model for quite some time. I co-founded Robot Underground over 20 years ago as a not for profit educational auxiliary based on simple concepts like The Golden Rule. We never pay for traditional or even web advertising. I've found that the best advertising is word of mouth and we allocate 10% of each new referral's purchase to that budget. I've found the quickest way to learn is always, HANDS-ON.
I've found that it doesn't require a labor union or the government to do something like this either. Again, it just requires a little trust in each other and some imagination.
You can read my blog and more about Robot Underground by checking out the site / Square store / YouTube channel and old eBay feedback. www.Worldwide-Revolution.org
With some quick detective work you can read plenty from both fans and hate-fans. Robot Underground is still going strong and I'm proud to use the skills and talents I have to support such a project. I design, build and install audio systems for home, car, boat and professional / DJ clients.
To make our way in the market, we simply offer goods and services below market price. By transplanting to a warehouse setting, we continue this path with fellow travelers. We want you to leave feeling satisfied, educated and secure that your funds are being used for good. To help others in this life and NOT support corporate bloat. My hope is that you feel part of an underground revolution and that it's only chance is up to YOU to spread the word.
For us, this is all summed up in our, "Ohmey" Revolution logo. It represents that real change comes from our ability to surrender. That only with an open mind may The Light find it's way inside us. The three cogs represent the idea of The Trinity. Which for us means several things, past, present, future. 1st Force, 2nd Force and the miracle or neutralizing 3rd Force.
I'll end with a quote, "The life you give is the life you live." In other words, "When you give life to something, it will give life to you.".
Patrick Chandler Overseer and Co-Founder for Robot Underground
Risks and challenges
Everything is already in play. We have paid for prototypes, built and tested them with success.
The only snag is picking a warehouse space that provides us with all the things needed. 400v service, residential zoning and a lot of room to work.
Projected production and delivery dates are based on container shipping by ocean. This is the only variable I'm unable to control. The machine shop in China is ready and can have our order finished in 60 days and on the water. Once we get them, we can fill orders within a week's time. If there's a typhoon or other disaster, just hang in there and we'll hook you guys up for your support and patience! These are only estimates for delivery time but we expect them sooner and will ship as soon as we can. We will keep you up to date and if we get any more options or free upgrades we will let you know! Metal cones are still up in the air as we're waiting on samples. We will do everything we can however to make this an option. If you have any questions please email me first as it's much easier for me to tap from my library and send you a spec sheet or pic, email@example.com.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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