#22: Hardware Challenges of a Presale

Jasper_NameLife is change.

That was my dad’s parting words when he dropped me off for the first day of kindergarten. I didn’t really want to get out of the car, but it happened. Change was something we all have to accept and adapt to. Change is good. Change is constant. Change can go screw itself.

This China trip killed my motivation for Merge. I’m still excited about the device and what we are creating, but it’s not never a good feeling to make concession after concession. Especially, when the concessions will ultimately upset Alison and the hardware team.

After enduring marathon meetings with manufacturers we were forced to scale back the device we had hoped to build. Our original estimates for the hardware assembly were off base and to keep on target for our introductory price on the pre-order I made tough choices that impacts what Alison and her team have been working on.

If the hardware changes, the software has to change with it, unless the changes were expected, such as when you plan on making eventual device upgrades. This is not that situation.

Ryan and I returned home over the weekend and I haven’t touched base with Alison on the changes. She’s going to murder me and her team may threaten to quit. That’s my world right now. A handful of samples will be sent to me in the next week to work with and upload the operating system Alison and her team have put together.

I feel terrible. I don’t know how I’ll break it to her. Maybe I’ll just have Ryan take the lead. Alison already feels bad for him for being mugged last week.

This pre-order sale can’t come fast enough.


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