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Crowd funding failed

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Well, we didn't make it.  First I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed and helped spread the word about the PengPods.  There will be a chance for a few people to own one, read at the bottom if you interested.  

One of our commercial customers said it best "IMO one of the things which is very wrong with the world we live in is that there are no Linux tablets.  I regard what Ubuntu and KDE are doing as ineffective.  It is solutions which drive the market, not desktop eyecandy."  This pretty much sums up our feelings on the matter as well.  Unfortunately we built all our plans on the media responding the same way to us a second time.  The response we mostly got was "We don't write about crowd funders because there are so many, let us know if you succeed." if we got any response at all.  Not very useful.  If we had known the world had turned we might have made our plans a little differently.  We had a much better response per visitor to the PengPod 1040 than the 1000/700 but just couldn't get those visitors like before. 

Enough about what might have been though,  I know everyone is going to ask about plans for the future.  Basically we are going to be shutting down, though we might still take on some consulting work for commercial customers.  We will not be able to offer the PengPod 1040 for general sales.  Had the 1000/700 not been discontinued, we might have limped along and brought out an A20 dual core option.  That is not going to be possible now, we spent too much money on the crowd funder.  I might have a longer break down of thinks we tried and learned if anyone is interested, but at the moment we are pretty busy wrapping things up and job hunting. 

 

We will be clearing out our inventory including some working PengPod 1040s, defective or refurbished PengPod 1000s/700s and various demo units, test units and samples from manufacturers we considered for the project.  It will all be sold on ebay http://www.ebay.com/usr/nicstix.  If you are interested in a bulk purchase of 3 devices or more of anything listed, please contact us directly.  I will post more links as once the PengPod devices are listed.

 

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  • Vincent Beers
    Vincent Beers Thursday, 07 November 2013

    Aww... That really is sad to hear. Was hoping for this to succeed so much, and I wasn't the only person I knew who was hoping for this.

    Thanks so much for the 700 and 1000 and good luck to all team members with whatever you will be doing next!

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