The Pebble Story: From Velocity To Kickstarter Glory
Not many companies can say that the public invested in them to the tune of 20 million dollars in just 30 days, but Pebble can. Pebble, which has emerged as a leader in the connected wearables space, just wrapped a record-setting Kickstarter campaign and is about to enter into a very tough, and likely very public, battle with a tech behemoth – Apple.
But its beginnings are much more humble, and close to home.
Velocity and UWaterloo Engineering alum Eric Migicovsky, Founder of Pebble, will be speaking to the public about Pebble’s journey thus far – from its creation in the Velocity Residence to its latest launches and upcoming innovations.
While studying Systems Design Engineering at the University Of Waterloo, Migicovsky was passionate about developing well-designed, creative products. This led him to apply to the Velocity Residence and, while living in a collaborative entrepreneurial environment, he began building early smartwatches with a group of friends and created the first model, InPulse.
Now based in Palo Alto, California, Pebble launched its eponymous second generation smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2012. At $10 million in backer funding, it quickly became the most successful crowdfunded project in Kickstarter history. (This was surpassed in 2014 by the Coolest Cooler at $13 million raised.) In early 2015, Pebble launched it’s latest smartwatch, Pebble Time, which re-set the Kickstarter record at now over $20 million.
Join Eric and Velocity’s Mike Kirkup, as MC, on June 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the University’s Humanities Theatre. Register now as space is limited. A few lucky people will even walk away with their very own autographed Pebble smartwatches