It's been a good few weeks since our last update, but we're back and with a brand new look. Codenamed "Project Marissa" after @malouie gave us some feedback on Twitter with regards to the sites look. We went away and had a good think about how to make things both prettier and more simple to use for users, and what you see now is pretty much the end result. We like it and we hope you do too.
We're very, very excited by the projects that are being submitted to us, and we currently have three projects live with more to follow in the *very* near future, so be sure to come back regularly and have a gander. The current three are Nanok (transform your iPod Nano into a multi-touch alarm clock), Vaelo (a company offering vintage cycling equipment, complete with comedy video footage) and iCone (a way to increase the sound from your iPhone). Click here to have a look at them and you can even do a bit of funding if you're feeling fancy.
As always if you have any queries, or a product you're thinking about putting into production, please don't hesitate to get in contact. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I'm always happy to help with anything.
I'll leave it at that for now, but rest assured, it's about to get very exciting.
As we've added two new projects today I thought I'd write a quick blog post to say a little about each of them.
First of is a heated glove by a company called ALAGO. The idea is pretty brilliant, and to be honest I'm a little jealous I didn't have it first. I'll let the Tony Curtis, the Managing Director of ALAGO tell you a bit about the products conception:
"Three years ago my son came off the rugby pitch on a freezing cold day with blue hands stuffed under his armpits; so too did the rest of the players. It was in that instant that I knew that I had to do something for him and everyone else with the same problem, no matter what sport or activity. So ALAGO was born, taken from the latin for Arctic Fox - adapted to hunt in the coldest of environments.
I began to develop heated gloves for people no matter what level they compete at. We are committed to giving you the gloves that you need no matter what. That is why we start every development with feedback from you to make sure we never forget who we are here for - you."
Aside from rugby, their technology covers the creation of gloves to help people into cycling, gardening, running, kayaking and even Gaelic football.
For more information, please visit their website or wait for our January launch.
At Co-Fund.Me, we give people the opportunity to become directly involved with the products of the future. Whether you decide to help fund a fashion designer's new line, or boost the chances of a new life altering product make its way into the public eye, it's an incredibly exciting experience in it's own right.
It's even more desirable when you consider that each project comes with rewards. Whether it's a personal thank you and mention on the company website for €1 or a limited edition, personalised version of a product for below the market value, there are some fantastic extra incentives, and here are a few of my current favourites:
One part function, two parts style, PressIce is aimed at the whiskey connoisseur. The product itself shapes perfectly spherical ice cubes for the perfect drink. The rewards vary from an anodised, limited edition run of the product to the rather more adventurous promise of a night of whiskey drinking with the inventors.
As a serious cyclist myself, this project is one I'm keeping a close personal eye on. Pitched at the trendier end of the spectrum, these are retro lights for the fashion concious cyclist. Obvious rewards are include the product, but there's also the promise of exclusive runs of vintage bike themed posters which sound pretty fantastic.
A luxury item like the iPad needs similarly beautiful accessories. Rewards are still to be decided, but you can be sure that this fantastic product will fit in somewhere. For more information, check out their awesome video.
As the products continue to come in, expect more information as we come ever closer to launch.
As Co-Fund.Me get closer to launch, I thought it'd be a good time to write a new blog entry to keep everyone up to date and aware of where we're up to.
Currently, we're dividing our time fairly equally between three things.
The most exciting and important development is that we're in talks with a few companies, blogs and design organisations (we can't name them just yet) to help get our message out there. Several of these in particular are looking very promising and should speed up our launch significantly.
We're also working on developing version 2.0 of the site (codenamed #ProjectMarissa after a some great twitter banter) with the intention of improving the users experience and general enjoyment while using Co-Fund.Me. There is also a general rebrand in the works but more on that later..
The third thing we're doing is helping designers with potential projects so that they have the best chance of getting funding. If you are an industrial/product designer or know someone who is, please get in touch with me at email@example.com and I'll see if we can help you.
Don't forget to visit Co-Fund.Me and blog to keep up todate with all the news or if you'd prefer you can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Alternatively, if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space for more information about new projects, hints and tips as well as updates on when we are fully launching