The beginning of a new calendar year marks a fresh start that inspires many people to set goals of what they are hoping to achieve in the next 365 days. We are proud to announce that we have already hit our goal of being "faster" and "stronger" through the use of a new medium grade actuator that increases our speed by 40% and our torque by another 20 pounds. While customers were impressed with our previous product, we expect these improvements to be welcomed additions as part of our continual drive to be the best remote pro-box opener possible.
It is always fun to hear what other people are saying about your product. A big "thank you" to The Hustle for featuring Seed Slide with the following excerpt:
"Farmers need seeds to grow crops. They store these seeds in giant seed boxes. But traditionally, to spread these seeds around their fields, they have to climb on top of wagons and open the boxes by hand from precarious, and potentially life-endangering positions. Seed Slide opens these seed boxes remotely, saving time and lives. Seed Slide can save farmers from needless deaths and injuries -- and I think that’s a cause worth championing."
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There are few things scarier than the very real dangers our farmers are forced to face. This image is no "trick" but is an example of one such danger. Seed Slide "treats" farmers with the ability to open seed boxes remotely, eliminating the need to climb up wagons and risk an accident like the one shown.
As one of the most dangerous professions based on federal and state statistics from the US Department of labor, this time of year brings additional concerns with the changing of the leaves for farmers across the Midwest. 475 fatalities occurred in farm-related work injuries in the U.S., with tractor overturns being the leading cause of death. Please thank a farmer for their efforts in bringing food to your table, and read on to learn the number one tip for how you can help avoid needless farming injuries this fall!
- Pay attention while on the road – As farmers move equipment on highways, be patient with their slow moving vehicles. Make sure to give them plenty of space and only pass if the road allows for it comfortably.
With Spring in the air and many seeds freshly planted in the ground, it is a great time to stop and reflect on this past planting season and ask the question; "How many ladders did you have to climb up to unload your seed boxes?" If the answer is anything other than 0, you may benefit from the safety and convenience our product can add to your operation!
60 ideas traveled to Tampa to battle it out for the honor, but Seed Slide won the judge's votes by solving the serious problem of safety concerns on the farm. We are grateful for the recognition and validation from this opportunity and hope to keep the momentum building as we move closer to our vision of eliminating farming-related deaths and injuries that occur during the unnecessary climbing of slippery wagons to unload seed boxes.
Seed Slide received the of honor of being nominated by the Iowa Technology Association as agriculture's startup of the year. Check out our 30-second video clip that was played at the event!
Shark Tank's Daymond John had a unique way of analyzing the Seed Slide pitch. Regardless of his lack of agricultural knowledge, he found it a worthy product to name the winner of the Future Founders U.Pitch Competition. This was a huge honor as many other innovative businesses were also very deserving. Check out some of the press over the event!
Seed Slide made its way down to Kansas City to compete in the 2015 National Elevator Pitch Competition. While there, many people got an education over the new trends in agriculture such as the shift of delivering seed in bags to seed tote boxes. They were shocked to hear of the danger farmers go through to unload seed from these boxes, including climbing on top of 10 ft. tall slippery seed tenders with a high risk of falling and breaking bones. Seed Slide found many fans because of its ability to prevent these accidents and allow farmers to farm safer and smarter, not harder.
What a night! Seedslide earned its' way into being a finalist at the Silicon Prairie Awards where Josh Doering was nominated for student entrepreneur of the year. Congratulations to all of the award winners, which can be read here http://siliconprairienews.com/2015/10/congratulations-to-the-winners-of-the-2015-spawards/ . It was a fun experience to get to meet the people behind other blossoming startups, of which pictured above is Erika Klotz and Scott Hanson from PoPBookings and Ryan Martinez from FlyOverTechnology. Hopefully next year we will have grown to a point deserving of bringing home the gold.
Our flyer is finished! Feel free to float this around to all of your friends and family...end alliteration.
What a lovely feeling it is to surprise a long time farmer with a new twist on how a job gets done. Seeing the simplicity and safety the Seed Slide brings to the process; we gained the best source of advertisement...one impressed customer.
Four lucky customers got their Seed Slide today, and the feedback was exactly what we were wanting to hear! All are excited to start utilizing their Seed Slide into their operation and enjoy the multitude of perks it contributes.
The Seed Slide was helping out today in the treatment process and must have been taking some notes from Stephen Curry. Through a multitude of angles, behind boxes, and from impressive distances the Seed Slide conveniently opened boxes like a pro!
This battery has been proving itself to be a wonderful choice. It has logged over 50 uses without needing a charge. When it finally does need to be charged, it easily pops out and refuels quickly on the supplied charging station!