Taking a break to get out for a Meetup

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We spend a lot of time with our heads buried in our keyboards and screens around here, so we sometimes forget that a lot of people are doing the same thing we’re doing. Real live people who we could talk to about the pros and cons of app-making if we were to go somewhere where the likes of us gather. Thankfully there’s a great organization called Meetup, and we found a fun group within it called Silicon Valley Apps for Kids. They had a meeting last night, so we got a babysitter and drove off to San Carlos in search of professional camaraderie.

We had a great time talking to the people who are building companies like we are, the people who want to make apps, and the people who have already made apps and have faced and conquered the challenges we’re up against. At Mighty Yeti we do a lot of exchanging of ideas between the two of us and our programmer and artists, but it’s very different from meeting new people and getting a whole new perspective.

Last night after the official presentation we talked in a smaller group about marketing. Syd Field said it about screenwriting decades ago but might as well have been talking about marketing apps in 2014: Nobody knows anything. This will continue to be the big challenge for everybody, and we’re all trying to figure it out.

Getting out is good, talking to people is good. Exchanging ideas will only make us better, so we’re making it a priority to go to more industry events and talk with our peers in the future.

In other news: Kickstarter post-mortem post coming soon – how it ended and what we’ve been doing since.

Kickstarter Reward: Felt Mighty Yeti Heads

We have four days to go on our Kickstarter —

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— and we’re biting our nails a little!  People have been generous and awesome with their pledges and with sharing on facebook and twitter, but we still need almost $3000 before we can call it a success and start fulfilling rewards.  That’s one of the things that bums me out the most when I think about not reaching our goal – it’s that we won’t get to make the physical hardback books and the art prints and the t-shirts.  So for those and a bunch of other reasons I sure hope we make it!  The rewards are going to be great.

We held the Draw Mighty Yeti contest and got 29 awesome drawings of our Yeti, and had three winners when we drew names from a hat:  Max, Ava, and Sebastian.  They’ll all be getting their felt stuffed Yetis in the mail soon!  And we made a video to go along with the drawing of names which is posted inside Kickstarter Update #5.  It was also on Facebook, but it seems Facebook is very particular about using copyrighted music in videos (I used a song from the 40s, but I guess I missed public domain by a few years.) So they pulled it.  And not just the video inside the post, but the whole post! Oh, Facebook.  They are enthusiastic about their rules.

As promised, here’s the Q & A with Lina, the maker of the stuffed Yetis.  She’s very talented and nice and lives in Bulgaria.  If you’d like a custom felt toy sewn, send me an email and I’ll give you her info!

Q:  Where do you live and how old are you?
A:  I live in Bulgaria and I’m 27 years old.

Q:  How did you get started making stuffed felt toys?
A:  I started making stuffed felt toys few years ago just for fun.

Q:  Are you a seamstress?  Do you sew other things?
A:  I’m not a seamstress, I have never studied how to sew. I just discovered I really like making toys and decorations from felt.

Q:  Do you make other kinds of art?
A:  I do, I deal with handmade jewelry and making specific objects by request.

Q:  Where do most of your clients come from geographically?
A:  Most of my clients come from the USA and Australia.

Q:  What’s your favorite thing you’ve sewn?
A:  I really couldn’t say, as all the things that I sew are pretty much unique. I put a lot of emotions in each one of them.

Q:  What is your favorite children’s book?
A:   My favorite children’s book is The Little Prince 🙂

Thanks, Lina!

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