You don’t realise how much a Kickstarter campaign takes over your mind. Putting your idea out there for public scrutiny with a clearly visible and measurable goal… Well, that was enough to cause a few sleepless nights and moments of self-doubt at Matojo HQ.
But we have just reached the minimum target. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
WE DID IT!
It’s time to place the order with the factory (who we have been working with for months now) to get the “production” ball really rolling.
Remember though it’s not too late to pre-order, there’s still a few days of the Kickstarter campaign left.
Thank you so much to my Kickstarter pledgers. I can’t wait to deliver your rewards!
An insight into the manufacturing process:
Our July launch may still seem a little way off, so I thought I would outline the manufacturing process. It sure was an eye opener for me.
Step 1 – Many endless prototypes, homemade out of bubble wrap and otherwise
Step 2 – Find a Manufacturing consultant to help navigate the tricky process and negotiate with factories. Thank you Jessica.
Step 3 – Get samples from various factories
Step 4 – Tear hair out when samples are far from expected and suction cups are actually attached on the wrong side (yes really).
Step 5 – Test the product with friendly mums with messy weaning babies
Step 6 – Refine the design and add extra features during testing
Step 6a – Panic that the unit manufacturing cost is too high and it may not even be viable
Step 7 – At this point we decided to launch of Kickstarter for a number of reasons… to secure some pre-orders, to get direct feedback, to up our social media game, and to ease a little of the pain of the initial investment.
Step 8 – Place order with chosen factory, along with oodles of specifications and T&Cs.
Step 9 – Wait anxiously for pre-production sample in correct custom made food-safe plastic.
Step 10 – Work on branding, packaging and photography
Step 11 – Have production sample extensively and expensively tested to ensure all materials are safe for little eaters.
Step 12 – Manufacture the first batch and wait while they go on a little slow journey by sea.
Step 13 – Deliver Matojo Suckerbibs to awesome Kickstarter pledgers
And this is how my little eaters will celebrate tomorrow – the youngest just loves raspberries. Cheers!