It's a lot of numbers, that someone will need to keep track of and update regularly to have there be any point in sharing them with the community. Wouldn't you rather that time be spent making sure the Vs are ready?
Also, a lot of these steps don't help in determining when you'll get your V. The first batch won't ship until they are all done -- it's quite a hassle to ship things internationally at this scale, so keeping the amount of shipments down saves time and money. There could be 498 Vs ready to ship, but they won't budge until number 499 and 500 have passed quality control.
So in the end, what is the one interesting statistic for the community? "Left for distribution". And that will go from 0 to 'the whole first batch' in one go.
It's like staring at a progress bar in Windows. It's speed varies, you have no clue how long is left, and you can't do anything anyway until the task is completed. Staring at the bar just makes it seem to take longer...
The web shop should open up around the time the second batch ships, so that's in the 'no longer than 30 days after the first batch' time frame. Of course they'll need to be manufactured before we can ship any more Vs, but production should be on a roll by then. Unless things go horribly wrong, you should be able to hold your very own V by September!
The second batch shipping about a month after the first has been the estimate since the time of the IndieGoGo campaign. So that still being the case is in no way bad news, it's things going as planned. Once the first batch is done, the second batch still needs to be manufactured, tested and packed, and we're talking about a batch that is much larger than the first. There is no artificial delay here whatsoever: everyone's getting the V as fast as we can manage.
The only recent delay we've come across is the issue with the displays, and I hope you understand that bad displays are a valid reason for delay. There has been no additional delay since then.
Do you know what happens when we tell you there's an announcement coming on Monday? People start asking what's keeping the announcement, Monday morning at nine. A lot of people are very anxious to get a product that they invested a lot of money into and are looking forward to using.
If we tell you "the first batch of Vs will ship on the 16th of Tarsakh, 1492 DR", you'd be disappointed if the shipping confirmation didn't come until the 17th. If we tell you it'll be there the 16th, and we end up shipping on the 14th, I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
We are careful with our promises, because we do not want to promise things we can't deliver on. That also means we're not going to name a date until we know we can hit it. A lot of things are being done to get the V to you as fast as we can. And as soon as we have set a date, we'll share it with you, since we know it's probably the most precious gem of information we can give you right now.
I'd also like to remind you, that if this were a 'normal' company, you'd be getting the first carefully controlled press releases by now that tell you the product even exists. Maybe an announcement that you can pre-order it and get it in August. Why August? Because it's a nice and safely buffered date that we're sure to reach well in advance, and it's just in time for the 'Back to School' shopping season. And then you wouldn't hear anything. Anything. Until it ships.
We're not, though. We're living on the edge. We change plans if we think we can do things better, or faster, or better and faster. That means that sometimes, we don't know exactly how long it'll take to get to the finish line. We know it's there, and we're constantly speeding towards it. And as soon as we see it in the distance, we'll have an accurate estimate of how long it'll take to get there.
And you'll be the first to know about it.