In our pursuit to find out everything we possible could about Pebble, Rene Ritchie had a chance to sit down with Pebble CEO, Eric Migicovsky. Rene picked Eric's brain on everything from his first smartphone to the original inPulse Smartwatch to the future of Pebble.
Eric goes into great detail on just how he got started with the inPulse Smartwatch working with the BlackBerry 8800 all the way back in 2008. The inPulse project was designed to convey email and other notifications for BlackBerry users, but it wasn't long before Eric realized that they needed to shift to support iOS and Android devices as well. He had learned a lot about developing and shipping a product and made the move from Waterloo and dove head-first into Pebble.
When first starting their Kickstarter project, the team had originally hoped to receive their $100k in funding — which even to Eric seemed optimistic. To everyone's surprise, the Pebble ultimately funded over $10,000,000 in total by the time the project was finished. Eric says there was lot to deal with when getting the first Pebble units created. They never set a ship date, knowing that they wouldn't want to push back if things came down to the wire. Rather they kept customers in the loop, posting behind-the-scenes videos to show how things were moving along.
Eric has big visions for Pebble and applauds the developer community for all the amazing Pebble apps they've created thus far. Big things are in store for Pebble in the future as we see Pebble 2.0, the Pebble appstore and hopefully new hardware in the not too distant future.
Check out the full 38 minute interview above (it's worth it - trust me!) and drop a comment with your thoughts!