Pebble has a long history of successful kick-starter campaigns. They exceeded their first by an insane amount and grew a massive and loyal fanbase from this. This is before the Apple Watch was even a glimmer in Jony Ive’s Anal Sphincter. How do they even justify crediting the Apple Watch for increasing the sales of a competing product? By this logic, the new Mac Book will re-invigorate the Windows Netbook market.
Of course, there may be one explanation but I highly doubt that +The Verge will actually report it. Disappointment from Apple iPhone users who fail to see the use of the Apple Watch and opted for the more affordable and feature rich Pebble, not exactly a victory for Apple if you ask me and I am sure Apple would never want to take credit for that.
The Apple Watch event likely caused a spike in Pebble Kickstarter backers
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Edit: it picked up 167% following the Apple Watch announcement, to be exact. That’s a bit of a large number to just be a coincidence. Larry Ellis – 2015-03-15 04:32:53-0400I have my doubts over the legitimacy of many Kickstart campaigns. I find it hard to believe they get funded so quickly. The rate of funding is so high as to raise suspicion as to where the funds are truly coming from. I have a Pebble watch, but do I feel like paying an already well funded company to “kickstart” a new product that, clearly has already been designed and some prototypes have been manufactured. Hell no. Kickstart campaigns should be for start up companies only. For people who legitimately can’t afford to develop their ideas. Yeah yeah, it’s risky to develop new products, blah blah. Who’s it more risky for, Pebble who have tons of cash and an already established fan base and range of successful products, or Joey Welfare who has an awesome idea but can’t even afford a computer to design it, let alone kickstart it with? What a shame people don’t donate to charities as fast and generously as they do for new things they “need” to accessorize their lives. I’m not one of those people, I love my gadgets and tech, but why are so many people willing to pay for established successful companies to develop new products? Too many suckers in this world with too much bloody money. Aditya Saky – 2015-03-15 04:33:04-0400 – Updated: 2015-03-15 04:33:10-0400You guys don’t have to bash on The Verge at every stage. They just reported hard facts. One way to look at it is that people were disappointed with the Apple Watch and sought alternatives.mark evans – 2015-03-15 08:14:27-0400#ivergeDrew – 2015-03-15 09:39:49-0400According to kicktraq there was no real ‘spike’ when the kickstarter announcement – it made 500k during the 9th and 10th – typically it has been getting 400k over two days
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/597507018/pebble-time-awesome-smartwatch-no-compromises/#chart-daily J. Martin – 2015-03-15 11:16:46-0400StfuEric Beyer – 2015-03-15 11:38:34-0400Sorry, but this was literally true for me. I got an original Pebble watch right after the Apple keynote. A rising smart watch tide lifts all boats. No need to quibble over who gets credit.Ian -pio_masaki- McNicholas – 2015-03-15 12:16:05-0400+Adam Mckeithan over how long of a period though? Pebble has been available for longer then any Wear device so far.Keith I Myers – 2015-03-15 13:09:22-0400+Adam Mckeithan – The number of Android Wear Devices that has been floating around the internet is far from scientific as it is simply an estimate made by a third party company. They also reported that the Moto 360 is also the Highest Selling Android Wear watch, which I question as well. I see more LG G Watches then Moto 360 in the wild.
+Nathan Lunsford – The problem I have is that The Verge has left out the complete story as to why. Reading The Verge’s post would make you believe that Apple was the Hero rather then telling the likely reason why a spike in sales may have happened. This is bad journalism.
+Aditya Saky – Thats not completely true, they left out several key pieces of information in which you covered nicely in your statement.
+Eric Beyer – I am glad to hear this. Would you mind telling us why you choose the Pebble over the Apple Watch so we can hear from a real consumer?Adam Mckeithan – 2015-03-15 13:40:05-0400+Keith I Myers less say they sold 1million heck 2 million that’s still very low number when you think about android market share. It’s a flop. Christopher Mullins – 2015-03-15 16:44:20-0400Given that it’s a fairly ‘new’ market (in the scope of consumer tech), the numbers are very optimistic indeed. I own a pebble myself and I question how I got by without it before.Nick Powell – 2015-03-15 17:44:53-0400My moto 360 has been awesome! I was doubtful as to if a smart watch was going to be a fad or something I could really use. After using it for a week it has convinced me that it can be a useful tool to keep me connected and spend less time staring at my phone. +Adam Mckeithan is just a apple loving dick gobbler that doesn’t realize that its a new market and may take a little more time and exposure before people see the potential of smart watches. In the short week that I’ve owned mine I’ve had several people amazed at the look and features of the moto 360, half of them have already purchased one for themselves. Adam Mckeithan – 2015-03-15 18:22:05-0400+Nick Powell this what I love about fanboys. Say something that’s the truth. They got say something rude and childish.
So you know Mr +Nick Powell I own a pebble, moto 369, ms health band and Fitbit charge, all been ok but all had flaws so far. From features to soft wear. None been a must own just yet. Mark Stronge – 2015-03-15 19:32:47-0400If you listen to this weeks vergecast, I would suggest they are saying that the apple watch is crap and people see more value in the pebble.
https://plus.google.com/112927249389096933840/posts/YvMbmeSG7P1Eric Beyer – 2015-03-15 20:48:32-0400+Keith I Myers It was cheap and Amazon could have it to me in one day. Also, good reviews. Also, I can’t buy an Apple watch for another month or so.Dan F. – 2015-03-16 04:07:30-0400Yep still Pebble holds d smartwatch crown for battery life bet it will get better and bash competition.Kiam Kweli – 2015-03-16 06:15:21-0400My only issue is that the Apple Watch and Pebble Time both look like Fisher Price toys. Hence why in my opinion the Moto 360 is beautify aesthetic with great functionality. Iverge just creating more clickbait with no journalistic integrity once again. Nothing new from them.Blaine Lefebvre – 2015-03-16 08:42:39-0400seems right that Pebble is using a kickstarter to sell their watch and apple is using kickbacksKeith I Myers – 2015-03-16 09:19:00-0400+Blaine Lefebvre well done sirMirabeau – 2015-03-16 13:46:08-0400for a moment there I thought I was the only one who thought the guys over at the verge were full of crap. Thank God am sane.Adam Mckeithan – 2015-03-16 14:15:04-0400+Mirad77 looks like a lot of sites have pick up the story…… … .. .. .. ……N M – 2015-03-17 09:54:24-0400I have cancelled my pebble time order after the pebble time steel launch..why?
I found them to be too opportunistic by coming back on Kickstarter after being billion dollar company. Why?
I think the only reason they choose Kickstarter is that they already know that if they officially launch product like Apple they have to wait till May or July and by the time most of the smart watch buyer would have turned to apple watch. So they choose this kick starter fuss just to create the hype and get people’s money before they experience the Apple watch.
Genuine established companies go for IPO or debt to fund their project. But they know that if they get investors money they still have to sell the watch to prove their investment efficiency, on the other side in Kickstarter after the supply of goods they don’t have any financial liability…
Most of the pebble users now a days are Apple users as they don’t had any good options like android.
I want to see where the pebble would be in next two years of they don’t improve their e-ink display.