I don't really buy into the trendy "fail forward" and "fail often" mumbo jumbo that's all the rage right now.
I'm pissed off. My project didn't get funded. Not happy about it.
Many, many hours of work went into developing my endpin, testing it, demoing it for others, researching how to sell and market that kind of product, putting together a nice presentation, etc.
It's a product I believe in and use. It's really great and I'm frustrated that I wasn't able to deliver it to the people who wanted it.
I'm terribly sorry to the people who won't be getting an endpin. Even though I didn't accept any money, I don't like disappointing people.
The Future of The Chromatic Endpin
I have to go back to the drawing board.
I can look for money in other places, attempt to license it to someone else, try to figure out a way to change the design and make it cheaper to build, or look for a fabricator who will do smaller quantities.
If I can do any of that, I'll reboot and try again to get this thing to market.
What Happens To Backers?
As far as Kickstarter is concerned, nothing.
That said, it's a real drag to get excited enough about something to enter your credit card information, then receive nothing.
I don't want to give people that kind of experience so I'm going to be sending out rewards on my own dime.
The Silver Lining
I don't want to wrap this up as too much of a downer. Two good things came out of this.
1. The process of developing the product, putting together the Kickstarter, revising it, and marketing it taught me a lot. My presentation and sales skills are much stronger.
2. I have been in touch with many new, talented people around the world and some great music companies. Maybe I can find a way to work with my new friends.
Lots of bass playing and some new musical projects. I was living in front of a computer for the last 6 months between the endpin and the book. I'm glad I did it, but at the end of the day I'm a bass player that just moonlights as a businessman.