Focus on brand and products is a WIP and probably will be for a little while, but I’m feeling really good about the direction I’m going now. Things are becoming much more clear and well defined which is really helpful to me. I really want to nail this part of the business before I start putting out some of the material I’m working on because it will be easier and more effective for me to create stuff while staying on point.
This is all such a roller coaster and right now I feel like I’m slowly clicking my way up the big hill in anticipation of a really fun ride. I am excited about the opportunity to build something I’m fascinated with. I also get to work with some truly driven and principled people that are attempting to create some truly paradigm shifting stuff.
Steelbak is OpenDIY.
To me, that means using as much open source and decentralized technology as possible to create and repair the things we need and want here on our property and also sharing as much as I can in an open source way.
The open source way means giving as much information away as possible and making revenue in services. An example would be giving away all the plans and sources for a 3D printer while making revenue on providing custom parts and design.
It means learning as much as possible and sharing my work as openly as possible.
This logo, though not refined at all, does actually speak very well to the brand I wish to create; technology in design and machine repair, which feels very difficult for me to explain simply.
This is not quite there, but is getting much closer in my effort to be very clear about what this brand is. Clarity is probably the most important thing to me right now so that I can be confident and focused as I build going forward.
Now that I’m feeling more clear in what I’m looking for, I’m consulting with professionals to refine the brand even more. I’ve been through this process a few times before and this feels like good things are coming.
Consistent, high quality posts and videos on the various platforms are going to be the engine of my marketing efforts. I am working to carefully design my content to provide as much value as I can while staying as focused as possible to the brand and products.
These videos will be a way to add value and become a reputable contributing member of the community. The videos will be focusing on using Linux, Blender and other high end open source apps to create things. I have a lot of ideas for this and should be a good steady source of ongoing content.
This will also integrate the use of On Demand Manufacturing, whether DIY market or outsourced to something like ProtoLabs.
This is the standard perk for Patreon, Hive delegation and other platforms to be defined and refined.
Regular communications and access to files and more. Basically, a hub to build a community for collaboration on projects and/ or just general interest in our philosophies and protocols. Basically, our digital shop.
Patreon perk gets preferred access. Hive delegation and other platforms to be defined and refined.
I got the idea of build camps from the permaculture and Open Source Ecology projects I have been involved in. Using the example of our 3D Printers, we get a group together to get primed as a group for a hands on build of the printers (as a group) all building together under the guidance of experts and followed up with support after the build.
This is a great community building thing to do.
Actual Things To Sell
There are several physical products we are thinking of developing for sale, such as 3D printers, plasma tables and other axis driven tools, using those tools to make homesteading tools and also as many Open Source Ecology projects as might make sense.
There are tons of opportunities.
It will take a while to develop this part and that is what this is all about – building a community and projects.