ROCKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — It used to be hard to start a national business from Maine, because we’re far from the big cities. Technology, of course, has changed all that. A man in Rockport is starting a new company to sell high-tech sunglasses all over the world. And he says the new business is off to a fast start, thanks to crowd-funding on the Internet.
John Galley and a business partner in Chicago already sell special sunglasses to the U.S. military. Galley’ says his partner developed and patented the technology used in the glasses.
They’ve now created a consumer version of the glasses, and a company called Orion4Sight. They decided to raise money for production using the website Kickstarter.com. Galley says the results have been far bigger than they imagined.
The original goal for the 32-day fundraising effort was small, just $9,000. With a week left to go, investors had pledged well over $215,000 as of Friday morning.
In fact, says Galley, their sales have broken records for all kickstarter projects in Maine. He says the project has also broken all Kickstarter records for sunglasses projects.
Galley said that investors are actually “pre-buying” pairs of sunglasses at a significant discount. Those glasses will be delivered as manufacturing takes place. Galley says he believes the interest in Kickstarter is “verification” of the consumer market interest in the glasses, and will generate more buzz to help them market the product to a broad audience.
He also said the sunglasses provide a brighter view. “My best explanation is it gives everything better definition, crisper, cleaner,” said Galley. He says the company holds four patents on the product. The consumer versions will be similar, with what he says are the same core qualities, but will not have all of the same features as the military version. Galley says that’s at the request of the federal government .
Orion4Sight will not be making the glasses in Maine. Galley says high-end eyewear is made overseas, and his product will be manufactured abroad as well.
However, he says the project is another example of how modern technology makes it possible to start and run a successful business from Maine, even if production and sales are across the country and the world.
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