The lab is open: Introducing SFFLAB, an international marketplace by and for enthusiasts

Discussion in 'General' started by PlayfulPhoenix, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. PlayfulPhoenix

    PlayfulPhoenix Just another human
    Thread Starter Site Staff Kimera Industries SFFLAB

    #1 PlayfulPhoenix, Nov 13, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
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    EDIT: November 17, 2017

    I'm thrilled to be able to officially unveil a project that I've been working on for some time now.

    A while ago, Dan and I were talking shop about case manufacturing, and the conversation inevitably pivoted towards how hard it was to sell and scale our work. We knew instinctively that our enclosures (and those of our contemporaries) had the potential to benefit many, many enthusiasts - but we were also intimately aware of how hard it was for a small upstart to break into the marketplace. If only there was a platform that could support and promote this work, we imagined, then perhaps we could finally proliferate our values of quality and focused design beyond the small form factor landscape.

    Well, we've done more than imagine. Today, we can finally begin to share an experimental solution we've made to solve this problem. Dubbed SFFLAB (or 'the lab' colloquially), this website is meant to be an international marketplace that features a curated collection of enclosures and related hardware, made by and for enthusiasts. More than that, though, SFFLAB is a platform that - in the long run - will leverage collaboration and community engagement to amplify and promote the sorts of projects that have transformed the small form factor community.

    As a part of this launch, I am honored to be able to share our starting roster of partners for this endeavor. From day one, we're excited to announce that we'll be opening up pre-ordering of NFC's S4 Mini on 11/24. We will also soon be selling wares from NCASE, DAN Cases, and KMPKT as well, with dates for those sales to come. Through our direct partnerships with these brands, SFFLAB will soon be promoting and selling the fantastic enclosures, power supplies and other accessories that these enthusiasts have crafted. And this is just the start - we have more to come in our pipeline, and our ambition spans well beyond the products you can see on our website today.

    To be sure, our launch today is but a small step. Our ambition is to empower enthusiasts - operationally and financially - to realize the next amazing products only they can invent, at a grand scale. This will require more than a storefront. A lot more. It will also require the sort of experimentation that will bring with it successes and failures alike.

    But we'll be throwing ourselves at this challenge, and trying to make it work. Because if we can support the projects of our fellow enthusiasts, and bridge the boundaries to market entry, we can accelerate innovation and make our community - and our lives - all the better from it.

    So, welcome to the lab. We can't wait to show you what's next.

    - Joshua
     
  2. PlayfulPhoenix

    PlayfulPhoenix Just another human
    Thread Starter Site Staff Kimera Industries SFFLAB

    #2 PlayfulPhoenix, Nov 13, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
    On 11/20/17, Dan and Joshua will be hosting a public AMA with the small form factor community on Discord! Please join in as we discuss the vision and goals for SFFLAB, and answer questions from participants.

    To access the AMA, look for the link to be posted on our thread at SFF Forum on 11/20. The AMA will begin at 7:30 PM EST.
     
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  3. VegetableStu

    VegetableStu King of Cable Management

    :eek: what's this? build simulator?
     
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  4. PlayfulPhoenix

    PlayfulPhoenix Just another human
    Thread Starter Site Staff Kimera Industries SFFLAB

    It's a project that is outside of my work for Minutiae and Kimera.

    It's a collaboration with others.

    That's all I'll say, for now ;)
     
  5. NFSxperts

    NFSxperts Average Stuffer

    Is this the same lab that's making the custom windowed sidepanels for NCASE m1?
     
  6. no_one

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  7. confusis

    confusis Writer, Editor, Awesome Person
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    At this rate, PlayfulPhoenix will have a full rainbow of banners XD

    I'm interested to see what this is all about - I'll mark the 18th down in my diary. (Damn you USA for being almost a day behind me!)
     
  8. |||

    ||| King of Cable Management
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    Small Form Flab...damn it, another dietary supplement o_O
     
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  9. Phuncz

    Phuncz Spatial Philosopher
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    Can't wait to see the reveal ! Isn't that the date the Cerberus is released for pre-order ? :eek:
     
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  10. Biowarejak

    Biowarejak Maker of Awesome
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    Signed up for the email notification :)
     
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  11. AleksandarK

    AleksandarK Master of Cramming
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    I am in whatever it is.
     
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  12. ondert

    ondert SFF Lingo Aficionado

    I trust this forum's works, so, I'm in too.
     
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  13. confusis

    confusis Writer, Editor, Awesome Person
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    FYI all: Whatever this is (even I don't know), It's unrelated to SFFn, SFF Forum or Minutiae Media.
     
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  14. smitty2k1

    smitty2k1 Caliper Novice

    Oh hey I see you're just down the road from me!
     
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  15. Choidebu

    Choidebu SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Uh-huh *wink*
     
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  16. confusis

    confusis Writer, Editor, Awesome Person
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    I'm 100% serious that there is no relation here.
     
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  17. Choidebu

    Choidebu SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Thought you're joking there. But the knowing bit too? You're also in the dark on this?
     
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  18. Biowarejak

    Biowarejak Maker of Awesome
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    Yeah it seems super outta the blue. I mean the logo isn't even SFF Forum blue. :)
     
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  19. AleksandarK

    AleksandarK Master of Cramming
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    I think it is probably some kind of Cloud Computing platform. Probably IaaS.
     
  20. Choidebu

    Choidebu SFF Lingo Aficionado

    But if you squint really hard SFF Forum logo outline is also a hexagon. But with a square middle.

    Nah, man. It's more like CaaS (Cases-and-friends as a Service
     
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