AndrewGravesSVNo hate dude cause I really do want to see you go through with this and succeed. If you're really passionate about this you need to put some more effort in before you start asking for money. I could replicate that GoFundme in about 10 minutes, and that isn't really confidence inspiring. Do you have plans for the ski press? If someone donates, what return do they get for their money? Do you have a team doing this with you? There just isn't many details at all beside half a pencil sketch.
I think rn you're riding off the good will and generosity of NS wanting to see another indie builder start on this site. I think a lot of people might see your GoFundMe and think its a scam with how it is currently. This is the inception of your company and its worthwhile to make it as legit as possible from the get go.
If you're gonna ride off NS good will those first 30 pairs in 2022 better be some mf Osama Pros so solidify yourself as a legend
This is definitely solid and constructive advice from you guys. As far as business plans go, this is where we stand in case you all were curious!
1. Our press has been designed and theorized completely. Once we have the money to purchase the steel, it can be built.
2. Our first shape is currently in process of being transferred to AutoCad. Once this is completed, we will have our template for the shape. Again, raw materials is all we’re missing here.
3. Just yesterday I cemented the space where we will be able to build and operate a press, as well as conduct our R&D for the first two ski shapes. I have spent around $2000 already on power tools and rent for the space.
4. Stickers will be printed and sent to anyone who chooses to do graciously donate to the cause. I am currently putting my savings to date in to this project (see above), so don’t think I’m just asking for money willy-nilly! I am a college student after all, so I don’t have too much, but all that I can afford to put in to the project, I am!
5. Once the press and templates for the first shape are built, we will begin physically constructing skis. The summer will be spent learning to become as consistent as possible with the process. Once fall rolls around, we are going to be pressing 3 different demo skis with the same dimensions, but different core layups. This will allow us to get on snow as early as possible and find the best combination of wood type, fiberglass, sidewall, and so forth. Once we have dialed our core, we will repeat the process with 3 different sidecuts (the overall tip/waist/tail widths will remain the same, but the taper/turn radius/camber will be changed) to find the best numbers to match the core materials!
6. After our initial R&D, we will be constructing 30 pairs of the core material/sidecut combination we feel is best, and they will be for sale exclusively here on Newschoolers.
I hope this helps to answer anyone’s questions, please feel free to reach out with any more questions or comments! We very much appreciate the feedback and as we are aiming at Newschoolers/freestyle skiers, your feedback is taken very seriously. Cheers!