The End of The Universe Spheres
We Have Failed...Final Sale
We worked hard, we tried hard and we failed hard.
In 2016, right after I finished my mechanical engineering studies, I started my very first crowdfunding campaign "The Universe in a Sphere" which skyrocketed and created my main job for the next 6 years, in which I created several campaigns with the Universe Spheres, cubes, games, 3D prints, photos, and videos. Build my own company from scratch, basically from a successful crowdfunding to an online shop, an implementation of fulfillment, storage, manufacturing, packaging, marketing etc.
For two years now we, Clemens, Jan and Karja have tried to save our seemingly successful business after we failed to completely fulfill our Solar System campaign. We took a loan from family, realized two further campaigns of which we were able to fulfill the the first Black Hole campaign (Backerkit Crowdfunding). But now we face similar problems again.
Over the past years, we had nearly 15,000 satisfied customers in 9 successful campaigns and created dozens of products, we worked hard and since we also had some incredible awesome cooperation in sight, we hoped for so much and still can´t believe that it went down.
We are sure, it feels like a scam to some of you, but I can only assure you, that was never our intention and we did all we could in order to keep our business and the universe Spheres alive because apart from our economic failure, we received so much wholesome feedback and even honest interest by scientists and companies for our work. We made some prototypes of a particle collision for "the" CERN and for the famous Youtuber Minute Physics and even Michael from VSauce was interested in our works for possible use in his curiosity boxes with an Atom Orbitals Sphere. We also sold big Spheres to a company that builds and sells whole planetariums.
Particle Collision Sphere
But walking on the edge of insolvency is poison for the motivation and there are fewer positive things to work on and talk about, so the updates became rarer and, despite trying various strategies, like cutting costs and finding new cooperation or resellers, our business is no longer sustainable.
Shop sales have declined, Kickstarter campaigns have become smaller, and we can't launch new ones, even if we want to, because we cannot fulfill the open orders.
But What Happened to the Funds?
As an example: We raised 30.000€ on Kickstarter and 20.000€ in Add-ons and shipping fees. Our manufacturing costs were around 15.000€ which leaves us with 35.000€ for shipping and our expenses. We started the campaign in May which is 4 months á 8.000€ = 32.000€ and we calculated the shipping costs to be around 15.000€. We put our salaries on hold for 3 months despite this being our only income, but we still had to pay the health insurance, not to forget the taxes, and since the first black hole campaign on Backerkit also was delayed and even worse our sales plummeted in our webshop, we happen to have only 5000€ left for any expenses that come with the bankruptcy.
By now, we have a total of 1600 manufactured Spheres in stock, but can't afford to deliver them, yet the storage becomes more expensive. We also ran out of money privately, and all that, because we had the hopes and actual chances that we could get back on our feet. We also never offered the Solar System and the Black Hole products in our shop because we wanted to be fair to the Backers who have not received their goods yet. We also have 500 brand new 3D printed Bases, "The Space Bases" no customer has seen in real life so far.
This said, We have to empty the storage, so we decided to offer one last chance to purchase them for all our customers for a fraction of the price as long as our fulfillment and storage are in place and contract.
The Last Chance for You
How can you be sure, that these orders will arrive this time?
Because our online shop and the storage are bound to our fulfillment and will be automatically handled within 2 business days. In the past, we fulfilled our crowdfunding campaigns by waiting until all the different goods were in our storage to run one or two large shipment campaigns. But we ran out of funds to do this last step.
I want to deeply apologize to my backers.
Many of you were there from the beginning, saw our Idea grow, and rewarded us with wonderful comments. But the Backers that only backed the last campaigns deserve my deepest apologies, because they hoped for a successful campaign, trusted us, and are now the ones with nothing...
Please forgive me!
I will keep a list of all of my backers to whom I owe goods and when life wants me to become really successful someday, I guarantee you I will come back to this list, but for now, I have to take care of my family and ask you for forgiveness and compassion in exchange for some imaginary shares.
Feel Free to Comment
A List of our Warehouse:
Here is our remaining inventory. If you want to order a large quantity to resell these, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I could write another 6 pages of hopes, regrets, ideas, perspectives, apologies and gratitude, about how much fun I had and how much stress it was, but who wants to read that. I wish you all a wonderful time, hope it wasn't the last time you heard about my ideas and want to thank you all for your support! Also many thanks from Karja and Jan
Best regards, Clemens