Nine months after successfully funding their project on Kickstarter – setting the goal at $125,000, but raising $938,771 from 5,358 individual backers – industrial designers John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria finally began shipping out the first units of their Hidden Radio & Bluetooth Speaker to their first batch of customers on Monday with the help of Palo Alto, Calif.-based ShipWire.
An iPhone case with an integrated bottle opener, the Opena® Case was – funnily enough – conceived over a few beers. Launched us- ing Kickstarter in June 2011, it received 50% of its funding goal within the first week. Word quick- ly spread around Australia, Amer- ica, France, Japan, and Russia and by the end of the first month, the product received 188% of its original funding goal. Not a bad start to kick business off.
Kickstarter Blog, January 23, 2011
The Glif was one of the most successful kickstarter projects run. The team that put together The Glif wrote a detailed blog post that documents how they went from idea to finished product in 5 months.
“The next big problem to solve was order fulfillment…Enter Shipwire.com. Shipwire stores your inventory in globally located fulfillment centers, and will take care of fulfilling your orders…The great thing about Shipwire is they tie directly to the online store we built (using Shopify), so orders are sent from the store to the fulfillment centers, seamlessly. When Shipwire first received our inventory from the manufacturers, they shipped out over 7,000 orders (all of Kickstarter plus some online orders) within 24 hours. Awesome.” Read the Blog Post