Dare to Dream!

Hello, and welcome to Cloud Riders Store, where I design, manufacture and sell accessories for Storz & Bickel Vaporisers (source manufacture). At the moment I鈥檓 working on few projects, the Mighty Grinder is the main one. It鈥檚 a Grinder that fits on the Mighty & Crafty vaporiser, using a similar filling aid device so you can grind right into it and savour every trichome. Also I’m in the middle of moving from Melbourne to the Netherlands and I’m almost finished designing and testing a Charging Stand for the Mighty.

“A salary is the drug they give you to forget your dreams.” Kevin O’Leary

Well, Mr. Wonderful,

I’ve been off the drug for 21 months, I relapsed once last year in September, got myself a job serving the evil corporate, which only lasted for 10 days.

I remember my dream, the dream of freedom. I’ve been chasing this dream for the last 21 months, trying to create an independent income. I succeeded in few things but I didn’t break even, yet. Basically my income in the last 21 months didn’t cover my needs.

For that reason, last week was about finding funds to continue my journey, move myself & the project to the next phase, and continue chasing my dreams.

So in a nutshell, I’m selling what’s left of my assets so that way I can fund the next six months and move to the Netherlands, where I believe I can be open about what I’m doing.

My predicament is how to market something and hide it at the same time. The main reason for not being able to record the video is due to the nature of the product. I believe (and I could be wrong) that the video will be incriminating. Plus how can I use it for advertising?

For that, my plan from the get-go was to move somewhere where it’s legal for recreational use. Canada was high on my list as I have family and friends there, but it’s far and very cold, and I’m done with far for a while.

I always loved Holand, although I don’t like Max Verstappen, which will make for some fiery conversations with my Dutch friends. Apart from that, I loved Amsterdam when I visited in 2017 and I was planning to spend 4/20 of 2020 there, but that year didn’t happen.

Plus the Netherlands has a startup visa program, whereby they grant a startup business a 12 month visa, and provided during that time I can turn the venture into a profitable business, I can apply for permanent residency.

I have heaps of family & friends in Europe, a few in Holand, and they love it there. Great educational system with free universities, and a great place for the kids. Plus I always wanted to live in Europe and be close to all these amazing cities, roads and races.

So the next few weeks will be more about the preparation of the move. I’ve reserved a ticket on the 7th of September, but many things need to fall into place before I can make the move such as selling the car, my tools, the diving gear, and a few miscellaneous other assets.

I know this might sound crazy to some of you, but I’ve done this in the past. I was 24 when I moved by myself to Dubai and started a life there, and 33 when I moved to Australia with my girlfriend where I’ve been ever since. This year I’ll be turning 44, so a move is due.

I truly believe what Salman Rushdie said in his novel Shame, I quote ” Roots, I sometimes think, are a conservative myth, designed to keep us in our places.”. For me nothing is more exciting than starting a new life in a new continent.

Enough about moving and let us talk shop for a minute. Now that I’ve been using the 3d printed grinder for the last two weeks, I have to say that I love it. I mean sure there will be a few minor changes, but for example; because it’s deeper the walls prevent the herbs from escaping in the dark. 馃檪

I don’t know if it’s just me, but that last vape before sleeping is always filled in the dark, while in bed. When I use the OEM filling aid I end up with some herbs on my chest because the walls are not high enough. However, when I use mine it’s far less messy. Some herbs might escape, but not as much. It all depend how full it is.

The important thing is that I have been grinding with it also and not only using it as a filling aid. I’ve destroyed my second 3d printed grinder, it now looks like a toothless old man.

The Toothless Warrior

Although they were broken by the stem, and not the flower. The flower doesn’t break the 3d print (which isn’t strong at all) but because it’s plastic, it’s very light and I love that about it.

Earlier this month, Mark Harwood from Barkley plastic suggested that we make the whole thing from plastic. Then I wasn’t sure that it will work but now after using the 3D printed one, I’m convinced it will. And it will be much lighter. Maybe cheaper.

So what do you think?

Please tell me, would you buy it if it’s was all made of plastic (Food Grade PC)?

Obviously the product will come with a warranty and it won’t be the first grinder made out of PC in the market. They work so this will too.

We can have different colours and a transparent grinder lid eliminates the need for opening the grinder to check if all the herbs have been ground. I like the plastic idea, so I’m putting it out there.

On another note, Australia Post is horrible. The SLA samples are not here yet. so I can’t tell you any updates about that subject, more than that they are in Dandenong Vic.

I have not heard back from Barkley this week, but I know the designer who is taking care of the Grinder project has dislocated his shoulder. We wish him a speedy recovery.

I’m going to repost my ad for the campaign manager position a second time, none of the conversations went home. So for now Cloud Riders is still a One-Man show.

The Indiegogo Campaign has been on ice this week, link to the Pre-campaign if you didn’t sign up

That’s all for this week, Wishing you a good weekend and looking forward to a great race in France. Stay safe & peace out 鈽笍

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