Overnight success

It may look simple from the outside. Post a project on Kickstarter, people pledge, and the money comes rolling in. This myth is the attraction of crowdfunding. But as one who may seem like one of those overnight successes, I want to ask you to look a bit deeper than the last 24 hours...

Yes, folks pledged money for this product within a very short time. I was blown away by the response! Thanks to each and every backer for supporting the project and making it successful beyond what I could have imagined.

When you look at the project I released today, keep in mind the previous 800+ days from when I decided to make the backpack until it launched. The days where I got no response and no funding. I produced some kind of sketch or prototype almost every day… and on the days I didn’t produce anything tangible, it was because I was stuck on something. And I’d work through the options until a solution emerged.

Slim Pack Sketches

During most of this process, I never knew if I would get to a point where I would arrive at a design which was good enough for other people to like. Or even for me to like for that matter. It was entirely possible, maybe likely, that I would do all that work and nothing would come of it. But I still invested the time, money, and energy based on the hope that at least some of you would also need and appreciate this product.

I say this not to pat myself on the back for the work I did, but to emphasize that this was a big risky bet. And I view the last 24 hours as the last day of this 2 year process to bring the product to you. Now that the product is funded, you have made it a reality. So the next chapter begins and this is the first day of that journey.

Thank you for joining. It’s going to be a lot of fun!


  • Richard
    August 05, 2016

    I backed both your Tyvek wallet and your soft shell wallet, and I was happy on how you delivered both. Now that I see that you are making a minimalist laptopbag for a macbook pro, I had to jump on it. At the price it is at, I would not have jumped on the Kickstarter as quickly as I did had it not been for how well you delivered on your previous kickstarters. I look forward to seeing how the softshell backpack turns out.

  • Thomas Ganter
    Thomas Ganter
    August 04, 2016

    So much like the SlimFold Wallet (of which I own 3) was the answer to my search for the perfect wallet, I very much still seek for the perfect carry container for my work gear*). It very much looks like the SlimPack could be the end of this journey …

    which comprises of
    1-2 Laptops, a leather bound notebook, access card, power adapters, cable hold.
  • Dave Z
    Dave Z
    August 02, 2016

    Thanks @Zlga! i appreciate the kind words and look forward to completing the project and getting you one!

  • ZIga TRetjak
    ZIga TRetjak
    August 02, 2016

    It takes an idea and a lot of perseverance to reach an excellent, reliable and likeable product. You accomplished that with the wallet and I am convinced the backpack will be just as great a success. Looking forward to carry it around!

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