Atlas Hardware, the company behind the popular vintage desktop, Atlas, has a pretty simple story.
At the time, the startup was just getting started, but the founders realized that if they could build something that looked like a vintage desktop and work with a high-end desktop, they might make some money.
That’s when they made the decision to go with vintage hardware.
“We were a little bit skeptical,” says co-founder and CEO Mark Wessel, who was already an engineer.
“It was just something that we thought we could build.”
The company’s first Kickstarter campaign was the “Vintage Desktop for $1” campaign, and the company received a lot of positive feedback.
But the Kickstarter campaign quickly turned into a massive success, and they’ve since raised $1.2 million in funding to produce the “Modern Desktop.”
They’ve also released a new Kickstarter campaign for the “Laptop Desktop,” a smaller model that offers a more modern design.
“I wanted to build a desktop that was really unique, with a very modern design,” says Wessel.
“The reason I did that is because we felt that if we made it really good and we did it in a very short time frame, we could potentially make a good profit from it.”
The first prototype of the “modern” desktop The company began by taking its “modern desktop” design from the popular classic desktop.
The company wanted to go back to the way that people used to buy computers in the 1950s and 1960s.
That meant that they used a desk from the 1970s or 1980s, with old-school keyboards and mouse ports.
“What we really wanted to do was create a desktop, in the same way that you might have a modern PC, you could have a very simple, classic PC, with keyboard and mouse and mouse port,” says Mark Wesssel.
The goal has been met. “
Our Kickstarter campaign has been really successful.
The goal has been met.
We’re just excited to have it become a reality.”
At the start of the Kickstarter project, the project had a goal of $15,000.
At that time, Wessel was able to raise just under $8,000, but now the goal is $30,000 and counting.
“As the Kickstarter has gone on, we’ve seen more and more people on Kickstarter actually get in,” he says.
“So I think that’s a really big win.”
The team has a plan to make this happen The team is currently building the “desktop” prototype, which is a work in progress.
They are currently working on adding support for external displays, including a USB port.
“One of the goals is to make the desktop a little more like a modern computer,” says Andrew Koss, Atlas Hardware’s co-founders.
“You can actually connect it to a monitor or external display and see the desktop itself.
It’s a bit more ergonomic, but you still have a keyboard and a mouse on it.”
In the future, the team hopes to make more of these desktop prototypes and build more of the classic desktop with more accessories.
Wessel says that the team has worked with many other companies to build their prototypes, and he hopes to get in touch with some of those companies to make sure they would be interested in bringing their products to market.
“In the future we want to make a desktop and make it a product that is really different, and then bring in companies that want to partner with us to help make that happen,” he adds.
Wesssels plans to keep the Kickstarter going through the end of the year and see what happens with it.
The original prototype The Kickstarter campaign went on for about two years.
After it ended, Wesssssel says he was inspired by the Kickstarter community to build another one.
“When we launched the Kickstarter, there were a lot more people that came on to it,” he explains.
“They didn’t just come on and say ‘Hey, we want a desktop.’
“People on Kickstarter are very enthusiastic,” says Koss. “
“A lot of them are going to Kickstarter for their favorite product, and it’s kind of a win-win situation for everybody.””
People on Kickstarter are very enthusiastic,” says Koss.
“A lot of them are going to Kickstarter for their favorite product, and it’s kind of a win-win situation for everybody.”