Become a Patreon! Support this project!
I'm often contacted asking if it's possible to contribute in any way to help move development of NanoEFI along faster. Although I intend to continue doing the development work myself, the area that this project could use the most help is in funding.
Specifically, accepting contributions means longer and more consistent windows of time I can dedicate to NanoEFI, and build up funds for production machinery in the mean time.
RIDERS: Let's LAUNCH sooner!
If you're here, I'm sure you've already looked a the other options out there. The most established and well-proven (so far) small engine EFI kit currently available is a whopping $600. Others are around $400, but are really just rebadged Chinese kits that sell on AliExpress for $230 USD.
NanoEFI comes in priced under ALL of those options, even though it's designed and made in the USA. Right here in good ol' southside Virginia.
So if you want inexpensive (yet fully featured) EFI that you can throw on all of your toys and save a bunch of money in the process, becoming a Patron and contributing monthly to NanoEFI is a solid investment.
MAKERS: Get extra development content!
A good sized chunk of my audience consists of makers, engineers, and creators. I've received good feedback in response to my previous updates, in which I've talked about some of what it's taken to go from blinking an Arduino LED to producing a finished product.
If this extra content focused on development, obstacles, pitfalls, and decision-making is valuable to you (and potentially helpful to your own projects), I'm confident that contributing would be a great investment for you as well.
Let's talk about kit discounts for Patrons
What I really mean is contribution reimbursement via discounts on kits. Do me a favor and read the next paragraph below 3 times slowly, so we're on the same page.
So here's the deal. Each month your Patreon subscription is active (Tiers 1 to 5), you will get one discount voucher towards a full NanoEFI kit - equal to amount you contributed that month. So one voucher per month, usable on one kit. So if you're subscribed for 3 months at $20, you get 3x $20 vouchers usable on three separate kits. No expiration, but multiple month's vouchers won't stack on a single kit.
The intention with these discount vouchers is that your contributions won't just disappear into the development void. You'll get your contributed money back at a 1:1 ratio through purchase and use of the product. I feel that this is a balanced approach.
Patreon Tiers and Benefits
Tier 1: "Rider" ($1/mo)
Every bit helps! At $1 a month, your contribution helps to allow for consistent development schedules.
Tell your friends to chip in, let's make this thing happen!
Tier 2: "Carb Kicker" ($3/Mo)
Kick the carb! At $3 a month, you'll get an rank upgrade on the forum to "Carb Kicker".
Plus second dibs on any available BETA kit slots after Tier 3 (below).
Tier 3: "Maker" ($7/Mo)
Information is power. For $7 monthly, you get access to the exclusive patron-only "Maker" section of the forum. You'll be able to read and request content/articles on topics or aspects of NanoEFI's creative/development process that you're interested in hearing more about. If this extra content focused on the project's development, obstacles, pitfalls, and decision-making is valuable to you (and potentially helpful to your own projects), I'm confident that contributing in this tier would be a great investment for you as well.
You'll also get a rank upgrade on the forum to "Maker", and benefits from lower tiers.
Tier 4: "Early Access" ($10/Mo)
Kick the carb earlier! At $10 a month, you'll have priority consideration for early access when BETA kits are ready! I only plan to make 50 BETA kits and I've already had several hundred requests for BETA access at this point. This tier is limited to 30 patrons to keep room for patrons in the tiers below.
You'll also get a rank upgrade on the forum to "Early Access".
Tier 5: "Top Contributor" ($20/mo)
Followers saying "Shut up and take my money!", I heard ya. At this tier, you'll get all of the benefits of previous tiers, but also a guaranteed spot in BETA. In addition, your BETA kit will 25% off (although you'll surely spend more in contributions between now and BETA release - you decide if that's right for you).
You'll also be listed as a Top Contributor in the credits page of NanoEFI.com.
Tier 6: "B2B: Custom Development" Level ($100 Monthly)
If you'd like to sell a product based on (or including) NanoEFI, the quickest way for you to start generating revenue from this project is to contribute at this phase. If interested, reach out to me and we'll talk about your specific needs. At this tier, you'll get all of the benefits of previous tiers including a guaranteed spot in BETA. However, if the changes are too involved to the point of affecting my work on the core kits, I may need some additional assurances on volume.
FAQ - Don't skip this please...
"Where has funding come from thus far?"
I've funded 100% of the development costs of NanoEFI out of pocket so far (August 2015 to July 2018), with no contributions from any source. This works well on an irregular and slowly progressing schedule, but means that I will continue to have difficulty setting aside the time and focus needed for development here.
When I've been able to get periods of time that I can dedicate to development, progress happens at an explosive pace (especially for a 1-man operation). The work involved is compelling, getting into the flow is effortless and I'm able to knock out a lot very quickly - as the time constraints permit. More funding means longer and more consistent windows of time I can dedicate to NanoEFI.
"What have you done other than NanoEFI?"
Separate from NEFI, I own and operate a small manufacturing and importing company here in VA. We're best known for producing performance engine and suspension upgrades for small powersports vehicles (think ATV's, Karts, Scooters, etc). I founded that company in 2005, at age 16 - and built the business from the ground up into what it is today. I take a great deal of pride in my work, hiring locally, and producing great product.
I'm taking the same approach with NanoEFI. I have the manufacturing space open for a pick and place machine, reflow oven, and solder paste dispenser to produce our ECU's in-house. Throttle bodies are planned to be produced in Louisiana, USA. Overall, we're looking really good.
Your contribution helps accelerate the plan in place and get kits in your hands faster. Thank you!
Important: Contributions aren't tax deductible (NanoEFI, LLC isn't a non-profit).
I intend to continue producing extra dev-related content on request and as a given subject becomes topical. Other platforms are fine, but they seem to lack the content-driven focus.
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