Backer Update: BackerKit surveys are coming!
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 04:25:51 PM
Hi everyone -
My apologies for the delay in sending this update. Due to circumstances beyond our control … well, you know the rest.
Our last update was the day after the campaign closed on March 12 - and the stunning reality of the global crisis we find ourselves in had not fully hit. Oh, how times have changed.
In the face of this crisis, what to do? As an entrepreneur and an optimist the choice is obvious: plow forward with an updated time frame and do our very best. It’s important for the global economy and it’s important for you, our backers, that we go produce some Winebars.
And so our next step is to place the order for our first production run with our partners in Massachusetts and China, who both are able to continue their operations. Our timeframe may stretch out from the June commitment we had planned, but based on what we know today, we are still hoping for a delivery in about 90 days.
And to do that we need your help.
Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as possible because we need this information to place our production order.
You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your color preferences,provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You’ll receive the email very soon.
After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.
If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://winebars.backerkit.com.
If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://winebars.backerkit.com/faq.
In some sense, now that we’re stuck inside, the need for Winebars seems even more apparent.
Many thanks to all. Stay safe and healthy!
Dan and the Winebars Team
Thank You + Next Steps
3 months ago
– Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 09:59:18 AM
Thank you for making Winebars a reality. A few things need to happen before we can get Winebars to you, to allow us to kick off production and fulfillment:
First, Kickstarter will transfer over the funds raised so we have the money to produce the rewards. This process can take up to two weeks from the completion date of March 12.
Second, we look forward to finding out your color selection and the address where you'd like us to ship them. We will be sending out a BackerKit survey to collect this information at about the same time that funds have been transferred, so expect to receive your emailsurveys around 3/26.
BackerKit is the company we’ve chosen to work with to help manage the order completion and fulfillment process.
We’ll give you a heads-up before we send the survey so that you can be on the watch for it. The invitation email will contain a link to your personal survey. You won’t need to create a BackerKit account to answer your survey. It is important to submit your responses as quickly as possible. Our ability to fulfillyour order depends on receiving this information.
You can always message me directly and give me your information, but answering your survey will help us get your rewards out to you faster and will provide you access to upgrades like the Winebars Pouch for storage.
If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey link is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact me.
Again, thanks for all your support. Take care of each other.
Dan and the Winebars Team
2 Days to go!!! Welcome to our first Winery Partners
3 months ago
– Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 04:22:26 AM
Backer Update 7
Hi Backers - with just 2 days to go we are quickly closing in on 150% funded. Thanks as always for your support. If you are just waking up, or wine-ding down at the end of a long day, there’s never been a better time to think of a friend who likes wine and share our project with them. Help us get to 150%!!! Please :)
This update is a special thanks for our first two winery partners for supporting us - two of the premier members of the Boisset family - Raymond Vineyards and JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset. The Boisset family is one of the largest producers in France and in Napa, so to have their support for Winebars early on is humbling and exciting, all mixed in as one.
And for you design and manufacturing nerds, as we mentioned in the last update, we figured out how to laser-etch logos on the curved concave sides of the bars. The laser has to rotate against the arc of the bar's long side as it etches, which turns out to be non-trivial. But now that we have it working - the result looks really cool. Check out the black JCB prototypes below.
Which begs the question: what's your favorite winery? Reply in the comment - we'd love to hear from you!
Holy Crap We Got Funded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 months ago
– Thu, Mar 05, 2020 at 05:09:35 PM
We did it. We got there overnight. 100% funded. And we did because of every single person who has pledged so far.
So thank you to every one of you for backing and believing in us. Your on-going support has been simply amazing!
And we did it because of some new partners who also believe in what we’re doing.
On that note, I am super pleased to announce that we’ve created a new reward level just for wineries.
We are equally pleased to announce that two premier wineries have joined in supporting us. We can’t tell you who they are just yet, but we hope to be able to share soon. So please give our new friends a warm Backer welcome :)
Thanks again to everyone for putting us over the edge.
PS - I forgot to mention, we figured out how to laser etch logos on the long side bars. It’s limited to our Jet Black and Romantic Red offerings, because the etching effectively removes the layer of anodization, exposing the natural silver color of aluminum. And it looks incredibly cool.
If you own a winery, our new reward level is now open. Reach out if you want to talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
50% there! New reward level released
3 months ago
– Tue, Mar 03, 2020 at 05:18:43 PM
Thank you Backers - you got us half way there. 136 backers strong and going up every day.
50% is a key milestone - it really does represent a tipping point of backers who believe and want to help make Winebars a reality.
We need your help to get us the rest of the way. Share our project with your friends from here. And remind them that now is the time to get the best pricing on Kickstarter before we start selling online.
We’ve had more than a few requests from fans to create a reward level that bundles more sets of Winebars together. They do make great gifts. So today we are excited to roll out our new reward level at early bird pricing, the Ocho. 8 sets of Winebars, color selection of your choosing. Don't forget, you're always welcome to shift your pledge to the Ocho.
Our Manufacturing Partner
If you watched our movie from Backer Update #4 then you got introduced to our Chief Scientist, Jason. In addition to having a natural presence in front of the camera, Jason is actually the President of our manufacturing partner, Salem Metal, Inc. (SMI). We are very thankful for the collaboration and innovation this partnership has brought to Winebars.
It’s incredible to have a manufacturing partner right here in Massachusetts. SMI in fact was just recognized by The Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus as the Massachusetts manufacturer of the year for 2019. SMI has been instrumental in translating our design from a 3D model into a build of materials that could be manufactured effectively and look beautiful. With SMI we’ve prototyped many different versions of the part, helping to settle in on size, shape, and color as well as details such as the firmness of the rubber pad.
SMI is a precision manufacturer with a 75,000 square-foot facility in Middleton, Mass. They provide a broad range of services, including machining, laser cutting, punching, press brake forming, engineering and inspection, welding, finishing, hardware insertion, painting, and value added assembly. SMI is truly an exceptional metal fabrication company. They create the highest quality products for medical device manufacturers, renowned sculptors, and now the wine industry. But mostly, they provide awesomeness.
We’re also really excited because SMI is going to be partnering with Northeast Arc to fulfill our Kickstarter order once the manufacturing is done, in the critical final step of pack and ship. Northeast Arc provides employment training, education, and supported employment opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. In this partnership between Winebars, SMI, and Northeast Arc, we will be staffing some of their incredible talent to pack Winebars into boxes and then into the mail. SMI participates in the Supported Group Employment program - you can read about it here.