Having never been involved with a startup, I was reluctant to get involved. Prior to learning of the glowforge if you had told me I was going to throw $2,000 at a stranger and talk myself into letting them keep it for the better part of two years - I would have assured you that was not going to happen. Well, here I am, and happy about it!
Had a file in the works when the HDD went sideways to express how I felt. I had worked (learning design software) on it for days. Fortunately some early drafts had been uploaded, and I could still cobble together pieces that I had to load separately and align in the UI. Learned a thing or two there also.
Anyway, The ‘Founder’ title I felt is a tribute to the uncharacteristic patience it took for me to secure it. The first print of the ruler was really cool with the title engraved on it, but didn’t quite carry the pride of sticking it out - and being richly rewarded for doing so. I fixed that.
I had planned on embellishing the top and bottom with some 3D engraving, and the background behind the figure with scenery stretching into the distance. Well HDD didn’t cooperate, and I have these really sweet LED bases, so yeah.
The edge lit effect is subdued in the light of day - unless you back it with a piece of black acrylic!
So I am compelled to thank the company for holding my money all this time, protecting me from an inferior product by the delays and rewarding me with an experience that previously I could only fantasize about.