In Status Update
(Me on 3 cups of coffee by 11am….. I crashed at 4pm* FYI.) Coulter and I attend the DailyCandy Start Small Go Big mentorship last week. It was kind of ridiculous. The day was packed and each event was incredible to say the least.
A few weeks ago, while we were high off our Kickstarter progress, we decided to take a chance and submit our “project” to a competition called The COMMON Pitch.
We started packing boxes three days ago. I have to say it feels pretty incredible to see all those boxes and all that popcorn. We stared in amazement for about 20 seconds and then started packing. It wasn’t pretty at first. It sounded pretty simply beforehand, but, actually, it takes a number of steps to get to a packed box. After a good bit of trial and error we got a good system down.
It’s been 29 days. That doesn’t seem possible, but it has. Now there are only 24 hours left until we get off this euphoric wave called Kickstarter.
We received our first big shipment a few days ago. All throughout the last year we have eagerly met the UPS/USPS guy at the door. Usually we were getting a new ingredient, or maybe a package sample. This is different. This shipment is 12,000 filled Pure-Pop bags. That’s two pallets worth. It all weighs more than a ton!
( Coulter is obsessed with fireworks, he took the above photo a few years ago when we were in MT.) I PASSED the test!
I have been studying for two weeks and all day today for my ServeSafe Food Managerial test I am taking tomorrow morning at 10am. This is the one I need to pass in order to box our popcorn. If you mess this up it’s going to delay everything. (You might have noticed a coffee theme to the images I choose for these update posts. I need all the energy I can get. This one is from the Speedwell Coffee stand at the SoWa Market. So good.)
The night we posted Quinn Popcorn on Kickstarter Kristy and I each went to bed with a lump in our throat. I remember saying, “What did we just do? What if no one pledges?” Kristy just shook her head in acknowledgement. We were terrified.
So it turns out that getting in front of a video camera is difficult, really difficult. We had to do it for the Kickstarter video, but it wasn’t pretty. I know, I know this video is waaaaay too long, but there wasn’t any other way to really show the true severity of our inability. I have roughly 3 more hours of the exact same thing in different locations.
I spent this morning at our box manufacturer in Connecticut. They gave me the full tour, which, for a geek like me, was incredible to see. Moving from one warehouse sized room to another we checked out each step of the process; from making the dies to packing up the boxes and everything in between.
A few of our first bags arrived yesterday via UPS overnight. Really this shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, we printed tons of mock-ups, we have been using the prototype bags for months. Somehow, however, it is a big deal.
The final days of putting this all together means total chaos over here. Okay, total chose might me a little strong, but there are a lot of moving parts and lining everything up has been a real challenge. Here are a few fires that I have be putting out in the last week:
Well, we knew things were going to come up closer to our deadline, but I kinda hoped that they would not make an appearance. Wishful thinking on my part! It’s all part of the process.
Coulter took the above photo on a trip to Munich. It looks like a vacation. Toasted bread with Brie and a shot of espresso?! I am lucky if I get to lick Quinn’s leftover bowl of oatmeal and butternut squash in the morning…
Remember when we said that we were cruising along at high-speed… well, we have run into a few roadblocks that we are currently trying to maneuver around.
If you ask me to stop for one second, even to breath, I will tell you that you’re out of your bloody mind… It will ALL come crashing down!
Completed paperwork is pretty satisfying. It means that we are that much closer to getting Quinn Popcorn on the shelves.
We have started friends and family flavor testing. We have a ton of bags and pouches to fill and then a ton of people to ship to, but we are getting there!