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Reposted from our CEO, Daniel Daoura, on LinkedIn. Read original article here.
A few months ago I posted a couple of articles on how healthy partnerships make positive impact on your results. We've been super fortunate to have amazing strategic partners that together with the Pebblebee team, have been able to create the Found GPS solution.
After years of developing partnerships with strategic companies and Pebblebee patented technology, we have been able to bring life to Found, the first global GPS tracker that lasts up to 12 months on a single charge. So that you can attach it to your pet, car, drone, bike or other valuables and forget about it. If one day they are lost, the Pebblebee Found has your back. With the Pebblebee App or Dashboard, you can locate them on a map, and buzz the speaker or turn on the LED to reunite. Best part, no subscription required! The Found also include an activity tracker built-in to help with motion alerts or just plain activity tracking.
First, I want to express how excited I am about this new product; more than any product we have ever brought to market. It's been more than 3 years in the making, dozens of trips worldwide, working hand in hand with best in class carriers such as Deutsche Telekom and KDDI, to finally make Found a possible solution. This product is awesome! Some of you that know me well are probably laughing right now because I only use the word awesome when it's truly awesome :) Here's why.
Pebblebee was created in 2012 when one of my daughters decided to bolt out into the crowd at a fair and we momentarily lost track of her. I'll never forget that moment of fear I felt that we lost our child. Ever since we have been determined to create a solution to help minimize and eliminate that fear by helping people stay connected to their loved ones and valuables. That has been my dream. A dream so difficult to achieve, only determination, focus, grit, good friendships and partnerships and yes a bit of luck could make this dream come true.
We started with item tracker, like keys, backpacks and wallets. And then in 2016, my family and I went on a holiday while having a dog sitter watch our Hannah. I received a call; Hannah was nowhere to be found. She had dug under the fence and escaped trying to look for us. That feeling I had when I lost my child, came back again. We were devastated. Especially when we had the whole neighborhood searching and then received reports that people were hearing coyotes howling all night. The next day I booked a return flight 4 days early from our vacation to help with the search. Fortunately when I landed back home, I turn on my phone and there she was. Hannah on a picture at home found by my neighbor with her big smile. That was a wake up call, that we needed to get back on our vision to truly help people stay connected to their loved ones.
So we asked thousands of our customers, and the number one complaint they had on existing cellular devices was battery life. They hated to have to recharge their pet's device every other day and at best a few days. And second complaint is that they didn't like that subscription was required for the little time they actually needed it in emergency situations to track and bring their loved ones back home. We have now solved these issues with the Pebblebee Found, and super excited to make it available for our early backers on Indiegogo.
If you think you would benefit from the Found, please support our Indiegogo Campaign for an early adopter discounted price. Without you, our customers and supporters, we would never have been able to make this dream come true. Thank you!