Just finished shooting the #TipperZ #Kickstarter video. Now it’s time to get the editing done. TipperZ PreLaunch
#TipperAndPippa using the #TipperZ product on tablets and smartphones. http://bit.ly/1lWNEGd
#TipperZ PreFundia Preview Link:
Busy is the one word which comes to mind when I think of our preparation I am actually too busy to write this blog post because in 15minutes I have a call with one of our product designers.
Briefly some of the areas we have covered over the last couple of weeks are
The above is just some of the areas we have been working on to try and ensure a successful campaign but the most important one and the one I am most NERVOUS about is the entail 20% of our target amount. This is where you rely on friends and family to give you the push, the vote of confidence and then the crowd will follow and I have made lots of phone calls to try and ensure this 20% but who knows it’s hard to guarantee this. The main reason I think people are just people at the end of the day and they forget have more important things to deal with and that’s just life but here to hoping and I hope some of the pointers above help you in your campaign.
Feel free to ask for pointers.
The #TipperZ Games App for iPad screen shot before going live on #kickstarter next week.
Preview it hear:
Wow, it has been over a year since we ran our first Kick Starter campaign.
The first campaign was The Mac Belt which was a research and development campaign basically because we really wanted to know how Kick Starter worked.
A lot of the members of our team go to a lot of start ups meet ups, maker shops and entrepreneurial events in Ireland the UK and Australia and the buzz word was Crowd Funding. The not so funny thing however was the people who advised start ups to run a campaign hadn’t run one for themselves.
If you’re an entrepreneur a creator of things, weather there online or offline you will know that the best way to learn anything is to, just do it.
KickStarter to any start up company is exciting and very attracting for a number of reasons which include product validation, customer interaction and of course funding the life blood of all company’s.
The Scene was set, let’s just do it.
Our Team once our mind is made up is extremely fast to build a project so we designed, prototyped and got the cost to mass produce and deliver the Mac belt but guys don’t be foolish this takes time, lots of sleepless nights. The overall team CloudyStar Team is 11 people so before you decide to commit to a project decide what skills and expertise you will need and if you lack it any skills or expertise how much it will cost you to pay it. Then Timeline, Timeline, Timeline set milestone for your team and the same for any external expert you may have hired.
Of course these are just the fundamentals of any project but we see lots of people make these mistakes, now always have a factor of safety in your budget because something will go wrong for even the most experienced teams.
The above is just the start of the journey but apart from blogging we are working really hard on this new product we have in order to get it funded, not only is it important to us to get it funded but with TipperZ we feel there’s need for these type of products in the order to foster creativity in the future.
As I am writing this my team is showing me knew resources to help your project get noticed on the web and with reporters so with the post on our kick starter journey ill share these links with you guys.
The entire TipperZ brand was inspired from the purchase of a Christmas present as Christmas is such a jolly festive time of year it is very easy is to become inspired and creative.
The entire CloudyStar Team seems to have no problem getting creative at this time of year with Christmas present which range from biscuit tins filled with Turf (Bog Peat) to live chickens let loose in the office and electrically controlled mice to scare visitors.
The present which I bought was an iPad Cover which came with an expensive Stylus Pen and I gifted it to my aunt.
A couple of days after Christmas I went to visit my Aunts house, she had her iPad left on the counter with the new cover on it and the stylus pen was left beside it, of course I started to play around with them and check out her apps.
At this point she was on the phone and taking notes with a BIC Pen on a note pad.
Then I was hit with the light bulb moment that every existing pen or pencil should have the ability to be used on touch screen devices such as iPads and smart phones.
My brother Micheal was with me on the visit to my Aunts and I explained the idea I had to him, instantly he liked it.
Within minutes he had looked up the BIC Corporation to see how many pens and pencils they sell per year and the figure was in the billions, gob smacked we realised that there was a real market need for this idea.
My brother are I are Both qualified Architectural Technicians and have be very artistic and creative from an early age, we have seen first hand the intersection between old methods of creation to the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) packages which you can use across all digital devices.
From this point of view TipperZ faith was sealed we wanted to create a fun attractive Stylus that could bridge the gap between the old and new methods creativity but be affordable for children as tablets are fast becoming the new way of learning in education.
Once children entered the creative process we knew we needed something to entertain them, games apps was our instant solution.
We did consider drawing apps and educational apps but the children who were present gave us the opinion that they wanted to have fun first then do their homework or play with educational apps.
The decision was made give the audience what they want in the beginning and in the future we can develop fun educational apps.
Now the journey of design and development begins with the CloudyStar Team.
CloudyStar Boys After Pitching to the ITLG