On the surface, my first Kickstarter project was a complete success. We were 100% funded in the first 24 hours, covered by major online publications, and ended up raising almost 400% of our goal in 30 days.

Behind the scenes, though, a completely different story was unfolding. Along the way, our small husband and wife team was riddled misery, depression, and anxiety as we were hit with what seemed like blow after blow in our journey towards full rate production of our product.

By the time we reached the finish line, we had blown through almost two times our original…

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