Having three great vendors to choose from isn’t a very big problem as far as problems go, but it did cause some serious angst over here in the office. I mean, for a decision this big the answer’s got to be harder than just “picking one” right?
Of course we've looked into 3D printing and yes, we've seen 'that' youtube video, but as amazing as 3D printing is, it's still not the best option for producing an alpha-prototype with multiple materials and moving parts.
When I saw 'Innovation Grant' come up on my phone, I contemplated not answering it. It had been so long since we'd heard from them that I'd already gone through all the stages of grieving our certain failure and come out the other side.
While many business do actually get their stuff produced cheaply in China, they're not startups with no money and no industry knowledge or contacts. Writing to China with a few blueprints from a hotmail account isn't going to get you very far.
Looking at our Kickstarter stats we were surprised to discover that the articles and TV feature had generated next to no extra traffic to our page. Take from that what you will, but we think it's a pretty good indicator that the Kickstarter audience isn't watching linear television or reading traditional newspapers. That or everyone just hated our idea.