Wow, yeah that sounds like quite the opportunity with a government loan. I wonder what the terms would be though...a loan is still a loan. I hate owing people money.I had exchanged a few emails with the founder of a microbrand, and I found it interesting that he was able to pursue a government loan in his country to help start that type of business. I can only imagine the time and red tape, but that kind of measure could help with the risk.
Thank you! Sorry I can't give a better answer at the moment, all I can say is "as soon as possible." I had previously made 2 rounds of prototypes, both of which were severely lacking in quality. I brought on an extra team member after that debacle. He's an American living in China, and has experience working directly with factories. We've been making a list of factories we would like to check out, and starting next week he will be meeting with them, touring their facilities and checking out the quality of their product. So, the launch date really depends on how quickly we find all the right suppliers, and get new prototypes made. I'm hoping by fall. Working with the last place cost me almost 18 months, so I'm extremely impatient to get going...but I need to make sure we're working with the right people, who we trust, and who can consistently deliver a quality product. It takes a lot of time and money up front, but I'm hopeful that determination will pay off once we are into production.When do you plan to launch Rothrock? Can't wait to see you put all your learning and hard work into action!
Absolutely understand the cost/ expense concern. One of the guys actually flew in from Tokyo, 2 others from California and Florida...so you would not have been the only one making a trek. I was fortunate enough to be within driving distance, about 4 hours. About 3/4 of the way down this page (https://workshop.microbrandu.com/) is the Agenda. They covered everything from strategy on product development, branding, pricing strategy, marketing, manufacturing, QC, distribution, and other things to think about and plan for.What topics were covered by the course? How was it structured? Without giving the exact details away (you paid for this knowledge, after all!) - what were some of the key things you learned/took away form the course? I've considered it, but being in the UK it'd be a big cost/expense for me so I want to know more about the course from a non-affiliated participant.
I was actually introduced to Taylor through a mutual friend about a year ago. I had already been working with him previously on getting my packaging manufactured, and decided to bring him on board for the watch as well after things with the other place fell through. I had seen the watchotaku list a couple years ago, but thanks, I'll have to take a look at it again and see if there are any that I missed!Wow, seems super comprehensive and worthwhile. Hopefully, they were the ones that connected you with the new team member agent on the ground! Sounds like you already have experience enough to share on your own after the last 1.5 years!
I'm sure you saw this list, but just in case. Looks like these were somewhat vouched for watchotaku.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/swr/pages/1638608/Design+and+make+your+own+watch
The debacle factory isn't on that list, right?!