A Year of Poketti
We got a note recently that it has been a year since our Kickstarter for Poketti ended. It's hard to believe it was a year ago we were pacing in front our of computer watching the time tick away on our campaign, and the elation we felt that we *just* made it! Our Kickstarter Backers are incredible...and gave us just the right start to this amazing journey.
A busy year...
The dedication both Sydney and Toni showed in raising the money for manufacturing last summer has continued throughout the year with joy and enthusiasm, even while balancing school and their activities. They love it all: shipping products, meeting with customers, updating QuickBooks, posting to our social media accounts, attending trade shows, taking photos, shooting video, and sharing Poketti with their friends. both old and new.
Beyond selling and promoting our products, Poketti has offered us wonderful opportunities to inspire aspiring young entrepreneurs, and to give back to the community. Over the summer, Sydney spoke at a local high school entrepreneurial summer camp, and this month will speak to a local middle school about her experience, and was recently invited to speak at The Girls' Middle School's first alumnae conference. We've donated Poketti Plushies with a Pocket to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Project Night Night (who distributes toys and books to homeless children), the EastSide Baby Center in Washington (who offers comfort and resources to underprivileged families), the Denver Children's Museum, and many other fundraising efforts across the country that promote women in business or serve children in need. We're especially proud of Sydney's interview with IdeaMensch, and of two amazing blog posts about Poketti: Smallfyblog and TheChirpingMoms. Poketti was also featured backstage at The Teen Choice awards in Los Angeles!
We have been able to grow our business with the help of wonderful retailers, some of whom we met at the SF Gift Show, including SFMOMA, Cheeky Monkey and Copperfield's Books. Poketti are now being sold at over 30 stores, and online at Amazon, OpenSky, Etsy, ShopEnvy, CrunchyRoll, NerdKungFu, 11 Main, and BitDazzle. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our first TV commercial (which we created ourselves!). We'll be sure to let you know when and where it will air -- and please help us by sharing it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Link coming soon!
We've had a very busy year, and we're hoping it will all pay off this holiday season. Last year, we scrambled to get Poketti to our Kickstarter backers before Christmas, so this year will be our first "real" push for the holidays. We hope you'll think of Poketti as a unique and special gift for everyone around your table or under your tree!
We're on all the social sites so please stay in touch, follow us, like us, tweet us..... @poketti or @pokettiplushies (links below). If you have any questions or know of any opportunities for us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.