We wanted to drop a quick update about what’s been going on since our last post.
We’ve gotten a huge amount of interest in our system from all over the world, from places like South America, Africa, India, Japan, and Hawaii. The sheer amount of intents to order we’ve received has only bolstered our determination to work as hard as possible to deliver an amazing product. Because of these order requests, however, we’ve reached a sort of crossroads where we can move in one of two directions.
Right now, we have our pre-production version of our system which is what we listed on our Kickstarter. The parts for these systems can be ordered quickly, but require a lot of manual labor and do not reflect our final production version of our system. Our final design has always, since the conception of Tenkiv, been intended to be assembled by automated machines on a large scale. While the Kickstarter version is only slightly less efficient than our final design, we at Tenkiv are perfectionists and want to produce the best quality work possible. We’re now at a time where we are getting enough orders to justify making a single, large bulk order of our production version of our collectors (which would require our manufacturer to modify one of their assembly lines), but this would take longer than just ordering the parts for our Kickstarter orders and getting them out as quickly as possible. Waiting for our assembly line to be finalized would, in addition to putting us in a better position to accept more orders and expand our scope to the next level, give our customers and supporters a better final collector than if we assembled them by hand.
It’s certainly a decision we’d like to discuss with our customers and supporters. If you have any comments, please either respond to this blog post on our forums or send us an e-mail and tell us what you think!
In addition to our production decisions, we’ve also been attending some marketing events in order to bolster our brand recognition and scope out potential interest. Tenkiv presented at Sacramento’s Entrepreneurship Showcase Accelerator demo day, the 2017 CleanStart PowerUp event, Million Cups, the Bright Minds Challenge, and Cleantech Open.
We’ve also started a vlog to make it easier to follow our progress. Take a look and be sure to tell us what you think! We’re always looking for ways to improve, and your opinions mean a lot to us.
Tenkiv will also be traveling to Germany in early May to meet with our manufacturer and discuss logistics. The ball is already rolling for our production panels, and we have some really exciting potential partnerships that we might be able to announce in the coming months. Keep an eye on our various social media feeds & vlog to keep up to date with the latest Tenkiv news.
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