Are you a fan of Boing Boing? Do you listen to their weekly Podcast Gweek? We're flattered that their Editor in Chief Mark uses a Rickshaw Zero Messenger everyday, excited to be this week's Podcast sponsor! We've even made a special offer just for this week's listeners, so listen up! Here's the synopsis of this week's episode:
It's show time at the Castro! The 2013 Disposable Film Festival kicks off its world tour March 21st at the famous Castro Theater in San Francisco. Rickshaw is proud to sponsor DFF once again, and we've created another gorgeous limited edition graphic messenger bag and iPad sleeve to commemorate this year's festival.
Thank you SO much for all of your support over the past two months. With your help we were able to fund our first kick starter project and exceed our goal!
Rickshaw and Halo trip the light fantastic! One great idea begets another. As you may or may not know, Rickshaw is collaborating with another San Francisco-based start-up on a cool Kickstarter project called the Halo Zero LED Messenger Bag. The project is now live on Kickstarter, and funding is progressing nicely. The purpose of this post is twofold: (1) to encourage you and your friends to back our project, and (2) to tell you the story of how this project came to be, and why this may be the most exciting time in history to be an entrepreneur.
When I started Rickshaw, I was focused primarily on environmental sustainability — zero finished goods, zero waste, PVC-free, Cradle-To-Cradle — in a word, "green".
However, I've always felt a certain uneasiness with the whole "green thing". I watched as company after company made vague, hollow and sometimes downright false claims about their environmental friendliness. I struggled with my own entrepreneurial attempts to reconcile environmental sustainability, product quality and financial viability. And, I watched as consumers became increasingly confused, and ultimately desensitized, by all of this "greenwashing". In fact, it seems to me that the consumer products industry has acquired a bad case of "gangreen". This "browning of the green movement" has been compounded by the financial crisis that has engulfed the entire global economy.
It's now been a little over a week and our rolltop backpack testers(link to old blog post) have had some time to get their hands on our Rickshaw rolltop backpack prototype. Check out these great photos of people with their bags in the wild!
Today we put the finishing touches on our Roll Top Backpack and shipped them out to 10 lucky testers. We were pretty darn excited, so Kody (our product designer) pulled them around the neighborhood on our Rickshaw.
We are literally jumping out of our SEATS because the Disposable Film Festival kicks off tonight at the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco! We're proud to be back as a sponsor of the Disposable Film Festival for a second year and once again have created a collection of truly special bags that also support the creative arts by donating the proceeds to the DFF itself. Get inspired, andfor the director in all of us, start shooting on your, phone, or point+shoot of iPad today. You never know --next year you might see YOUR name in lights!