We are back in Montreal! Feels good to be back home. A lot happened in the past month: one team went to attend Collision in Las Vegas, another team went to TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, we then finally launched our Kickstarter campaign and had an awesome kiosk at Maker Faire in San Francisco, right next to NASA and LittleBits! Here is part 2 of our trip: Kickstarter Launch. You can find Part 1: Collision and TechCrunch here. Stay tuned for part 3: Maker Faire Bay Area!
Team assembled! And the launch of our Kickstarter campaign
The team came back together May 10th and so was our mojo. We unpacked our bags and quickly continued to work on our Kickstarter campaign and the Maker Faire event.
We prepared for months for this. We planned everything. We know who is going to produce our parts, our Kickstarter page was almost done, the kits and tablet game demos were working and we filmed our video. But still, we did not expect the response of our community! May 11th, the day before our launch, we woke up early, and started working right away.
With the amount of work we had, we ended up pulling an all-nighter, working until the last possible second. Trying to stay awake took a lot of efforts, ranging from eating Skittles with coffee to listening to A Tribe Called Quest.
As the hours passed, the Kickstarter campaign became more real. We started the countdown. Thinking that we were 2 hours away from the time launch was nerve-racking, and very exciting! With Kickstarter, there is no magical recipe to assure success. We worked hard, and now was the time to see it all happen.
We were suppose to launch at exactly 5h am, San Francisco time. Unfortunately, we had a few last minute issues… so we launched at 5h30.
We then started messaging everyone we knew. Our friends, our families, and pretty much everybody we ever spoke to! Four hours later, we were funded at 55%. We could not believe it. That was fast! Our feature in The Next Web obviously helped a lot! Still, we didn’t expect it.
We were exhausted very quickly. Later during the day, Frank was pitching at the Microsoft Campus in Silicon Valley, a great opportunity that we won, thanks to everyone who voted for us.
May 13th, exactly 29 hours later, it happened. We were funded. We could not believe it. That night, we had dinner, patted ourselves on the back, and continued working for the Maker Faire Bay Area and the rest of our Kickstarter.
Stay tuned for Part 3: Maker Faire Bay Area! It’s the best part.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you. The past months showed us that we have a strong community behind us. We’ve been very demanding, we kept asking you to vote, to support, to like and to share. However, in the long run, it isn’t about MakerBloks, it’s about education, learning and building the engineers of tomorrow. It’s about starting from the basics, and growing from that point. Electronics is the base of many functional and daily objects, but starting with a power source is the window to a whole universe. Covering these grounds means that a new world opens. So we’d like to thank you, because without your support, we couldn’t bring this accessibility to children. If you’d like to read more on our mission, visit our post MakerBloks: Starts With A Battery, Powered by Imagination.
The MakerBloks team