Great to hear that shipping day is almost here! I hope the team is enjoying a strong feeling of accomplishment and planning to give themselves a little downtime soon. Although there have been delays and mistakes that deserved scrutiny and questioning I firmly believe that things have gone exactly as they should have. I always hoped that the original timeline would hold but I wasn’t surprised when it didn’t and never really felt as if it should have either.
Eve is a young company who chose to make their first run at producing a 2in1 a project with the goal of doing something groundbreaking. 0-Holy S#$T Awesome doesn’t work out well for very many small businesses. There was going to be problems with this project from the start. That’s just reality and anyone who thinks otherwise is lying to themselves. That’s why I look at the integrity that Eve has shown as the gauge for how to judge this project. They’ve always done the right thing and shown that they are committed to making us the best product they can. That’s why I’m ok with the delays. That’s why I’m wiling to cut them slack on the mistakes. That’s why I don’t mind a lack of updates and changes to the timeline even though I really want to know what’s going on and I wish I had gotten my V months ago.
I know what it’s like to work on something as un underdog with limited resources. You can’t predict every issue and you’re operating from a place of limited experience. When problems arise you can either cut corners and rush the project to completion for short-term profits (which hurts you long-term) or you can make the hard decision to settle in, get things done right and set you and your customers up for long-term success. It would have been so easy for Eve to let profits move up the priorities list and let go of the deep connection to the community. Shareholders of large, successful corporations don’t get the dedication and personal connection that we have received from Eve. Sure, they get money but their connection with the corp is a hollow business transaction and their opinions don’t really matter. There’s no depth there.
I’m happy because things have been done with integrity. That’s a commodity that’s in short supply these days. I’ll put up with a lot as long as things are being done with truly good intentions. I feel that if I’m unwilling to reciprocate Eve’s good will then I have no right to expect it and that would make me just another person who is only in this for what I can get out of them. I can go buy a 2in1 as that type of person from lots of companies. I’ll pay more, get less and my opinion will be worth nothing.
So, if any of @Team ever find yourselves in my neck of the woods, free skiing and snow tubing is on me, I’ve got hard apple cider fermenting in the basement, the hot tub is on and the internet connection is good enough to keep you connected but slow enough to force you forget about heavy work and relax. Cheers!