The co-founder, that doesn't act like a co-founder has been offered an employee contract/MOU to bring him on when funded and he's helping finish up one project, though lightly.
We are open to doing housing together (some of us) but that will include a couple of married people and kids so that's not perfectly appropriate.
Are there words or ways to show people that building a product right now isn't the right use of time/money when we have prototypes already? My approach is to have them do drawings and sketches of the product as they would like it to be and get some clear user feedback/data from customers.
We have no need to pivot, we're just needing funding for manufacturing (we've got people in the pipeline, but with hardware you've got to get to manf. scale to respond to their needs fast enough - stores don't wait 1 year for product... just not the case).
As a designer myself, not building and creating can be difficult. So, any suggestions for keeping up spirits while doing some dirty work is good advice.
I feel great about where we are and excited about fundraising; I think it's more of a mother feeling like I can't provide fast enough for my ducklings. There are enough that are willing to swim and fly!
Thanks you all for liking our work! I like it too!