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TroubleMaker Shenzhen - My part in the Reboot

5-star location in Huaqiangbei | State of the art prototyping labs | Cleanroom | Large private balcony | Large electric sit/stand desks with high-quality chairs | Reception area with coffee corner | 24-hour access

359,206.00 RMB

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TroubleMaker Shenzhen

My part in the Reboot

5-star location in Huaqiangbei | State of the art prototyping labs | Cleanroom | Large private balcony | Large electric sit/stand desks with high-quality chairs | Reception area with coffee corner | 24-hour access

359,206.00 RMB

73 backers

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TroubleMaker facilitates creators with labs, community, and suppliers.

Benefits are guaranteed, TroubleMaker maintains a Happy Members policy.

We move in as soon as the first milestone is reached.

We are moving back to Huaqiangbei!

We are rebooting TroubleMaker at the Black Ark, right smack in the middle of Huaqiangbei.

And we need your help. 

What do we need to reboot TroubleMaker?

We need to raise RMB 1M to sustain our operations for a year. This gives us the time we need to become long-term sustainable. The 1M will go towards

  • the rent of the location
  • upgrading our labs
  • comfortable high-quality work desks
  • a cozy reception area with coffee corner
  • salaries for the people who operate the space

How did we get to this point?

We started TroubleMaker in May 2016 and 250 people joined our opening party two months later. 

Enthusiasts young and old from over 20 countries joined the workshops.

People from all over the world and of all ages joined the workshops at the opening party of TroubleMaker in 2016.
Everyone loved the tours at the TroubleMaker lab during opening party in 2016

All 250 guests loved the tours through the lab where they are allowed to try everything.

Every tummy should be satisfied, so we ordered those huge Warehouse pizza's twice.

What is a party without 3XL Warehouse pizza and craft beers?
Press conference at TroubleMaker before the start of the opening party in July 2016

Reporters of four newspapers listened and wrote eagerly at the press conference.

The first diplomatic visitor was -half a year later- the Ambassador of Switzerland.

The Ambassador of Switzerland visited TroubleMaker in January of 2017
The famous Switch Science from Japan visited TroubleMaker several times with leader Takasu and busloads of bloggers

More than 16,000 people visited our space from May 2016 to December 2019.

In January 2021, our landlord closed their doors and we moved everything to Bao'an.

Travelling from Huaqiangbei to Bao'an Gushu takes more than one hour

But we promised we will return to Huaqiangbei once the borders reopen. 

Why did we choose the Black Ark?

The Black Ark was renovated from a parking garage to a government backed Hardware Innovation Center.

The Black Ark transformed from a parking garage into a hardware Innovation Center in 2018

We visited many locations and talked with lots of landlords around Huaqiangbei.

The Black Ark focuses on housing hardware companies that develop innovative products. Other buildings are market buildings or office buildings that don't support the use of machines. Before the renovation in 2018, the building used to be a parking garage. It is well protected against fire and allows for the use of machining tools that spark.

Our contract with the Black Ark allows TroubleMaker to provide legally valid lease contracts to our members. With this, our members can register their company at our address with no need for renting a 30m2 office.

The Black Ark has various high-quality event rooms and meeting rooms which we can use for our events and workshops. There also is a small kitchen and "phone booths" for 1 or 2 people.

The new TroubleMaker lab in the Black Ark in Shenzhen, Huaqiangbei

Click to see the large version of the blueprint 

Our room has 63A and 16A breakers, so we can use any machine we need without issues. 48 power outlets make sure every machine and every desk can have its own outlet. Five large AC units in the room make sure we never have to feel hot. Our room has a large, private balcony and there are two elevators right next to our room.

Our goals and the goals of the Black Ark are aligned. This enables us to operate TroubleMaker from a 5-star location in Huaqiangbei at a reasonable cost and with a landlord who is our partner. 

It's an exciting time to build it with us! So how can you help?

Become a member of TroubleMaker NOW and get a whopping great 17% discount off your membership list price PLUS free bonuses. Early birds get free upgrades to higher membership tiers! 


The TroubleMaker Memberships

We have three different membership types; Developer, Agency, and Manufacturer.

The Developer Membership

This membership is the perfect fit for companies and individuals who want to develop and manufacture their product in China. Some of our developer members have their membership in Shenzhen and work from our labs. Others have a remote membership; they work from any location in the world and only drop by when they come to Shenzhen.

During this campaign, we offer the Developer Silver Membership with a 17% discount AND... there are two ways to get a FREE upgrade to the Gold or the Platinum Membership.

  1. Be the first
    Super Early Birds get a free upgrade from Silver to Platinum. Early Birds get a free upgrade from Silver to Gold.
  2. Buy a longer membership
    Buy a 6-month Silver Membership and get a free upgrade to Gold. Buy a 12-month Silver Membership and get a free upgrade to Platinum.

And... Not only do you get crazy good discounts and upgrades during this campaign. Everyone who buys a membership ALSO gets everything what's in the Fame Support perk for free as a bonus!

Show the Developer Rewards!

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20 of 20 available

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Developer Silver

1 month membership

  17% OFF      RMB2,900

RMB2,400

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

9 of 10 available

Early Bird Deal

Developer Gold

1 month membership

  29% OFF      RMB3,400

RMB2,400

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

2 of 5 available

Super Early Bird Deal

Developer Platinum

1 month membership

  41% OFF      RMB4,100

RMB2,400

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

9 of 10 available

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Developer Silver

3-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB7,000

RMB5,800

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

9 of 10 available

Special Reboot Deal

Developer Gold

6-month membership

  29% OFF      RMB14,700

RMB10,458

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

7 of 10 available

Ultra Reboot Deal

Developer Platinum

12-month membership

  41% OFF      RMB34,000

RMB19,920

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

The Agency Membership

The Agency Membership is for freelancers and teams who help Developer Members with reaching their goals in China. These can for example be designers and engineering companies, but also compliance consultants and sourcing agencies.

Some of our agency members work from our labs. They meet our developer members and other visitors daily in-person. It's a great way for your customers to get to know, like, and trust you. Other agency members have a remote membership; they work from their own office in China and only drop by when they come to Huaqiangbei.

During this campaign, we offer the Agency Membership with a 17% discount AND... the ones who get their hands on an Early Bird Deal get a FREE perk upgrade.

  • Be the first
    Early Birds get a free perk upgrade from Wall of Famer to Ultra VIP.

Show the Agency Rewards!

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00 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Agency Freelancer

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB36,000

RMB28,880

FREE Bonus: Project Planner perk

2 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Agency Team

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB72,000

RMB59,800

FREE Bonus: Ultra VIP perk

2 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Agency Corporate

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB144,000

RMB119,500

FREE Bonus: Ultra VIP perk

7 of 10 available

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Agency Freelancer

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB36,000

RMB28,880

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

5 of 5 available

Reboot Deal

Agency Team

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB72,000

RMB59,800

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

3 of 3 available

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Agency Corporate

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB144,000

RMB119,500

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

The Manufacturer Membership

The Manufacturer Membership is for organizations with large investments in infrastructure and human capital. For example, component manufacturers, assembling factories, and test labs.

Manufacturer members usually don't work from our labs. However, it is totally okay for a manufacturer member to station one of your sales reps at TroubleMaker. They meet our developer members and other visitors daily in-person. It's a great way for your customers to get to know, like, and trust you. Manufacturer members are always welcome drop by when you come to Huaqiangbei.

During this campaign, we offer the Manufacturer Membership with a 17% discount AND... the ones who get their hands on an Early Bird Deal get a FREE perk upgrade.

  • Be the first
    Early Birds get a free perk upgrade from Wall of Famer to Ultra VIP.

Show the Manufacturer Rewards!

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1 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Manufacturer Silver

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB64,800

RMB33,000

FREE Bonus: Project Planner perk

2 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Manufacturer Gold

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB111,800

RMB88,000

FREE Bonus: Ultra VIP perk

2 of 2 available

Early Bird Deal

Manufacturer Platinum

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB242,100

RMB188,000

FREE Bonus: Ultra VIP perk

10 of 10 available

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Manufacturer Silver

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB64,800

RMB33,000

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

5 of 5 available

Reboot Deal

Manufacturer Gold

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB111,800

RMB88,000

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

3 of 3 available

Reboot Deal

Manufacturer Platinum

12-month membership

  17% OFF      RMB242,100

RMB188,000

FREE Bonus: Wall of Famer perk

Not ready to join yet? You can still take part!

Get one of the Support Perks and secure a 5-10% discount on your membership for the entire year. Feel free to get greedy with these perks. Every next level perk builds on top of the previous one. These offers might never return. Take what you want! 

26 sold

Insider

RMB88

TroubleMaker Insiders have an account on the TroubleMaker website. You get notified about news, posts, and offers.

We also add you to our community groups and you receive a TroubleMaker Sticker set, which is specially designed for the campaign.

TroubleShooter

1 sold

RMB300

Troubleshooters receive all benefits of the TroubleMaker Insider perk, along with a personalized troubleshooting session with one of our experienced product developers.

Get expert advice tailored to your project's needs.

Go Getter

13 sold

RMB600

Go Getters receive all benefits of the TroubleShooter perk, plus a Voucher for a 5% discount on any TroubleMaker Membership later on. 

You also get a special design TroubleMaker T-Shirt and cap, both with a unique serial number.

Innovator

2 sold

RMB1,000

Innovators receive everything from the Go Getter perk, plus exclusive access to our beta testing program for upcoming TroubleMaker products. Be among the first to try out new features and provide valuable feedback.

You also get a free Day Pass for TroubleMaker Huaqiangbei.

Wall of Famer

11 sold 

RMB1,500

Wall of Famers get everything what is in the Innovator perk, plus a second Voucher for another 5% discount on any TroubleMaker Membership later on. 

You also get your name on our Wall of Fame. You know, that wall where all visitors take pictures of!

Design Maverick

Be the first!

RMB2,000

Design Mavericks receive all benefits of the Wall of Famer perk, along with a one-on-one design consultation session with our lead designer.

Receive insights, tips, and personalized recommendations to enhance your project's design elements.

Stage Hero

1 sold

RMB5,000

Stage Heroes get everything what is in the Design Maverick perk, plus their logo on one of our Merch items. 

For example: We will create a special TroubleMaker T-Shirt with extra sponsor logo's. Henk and his Team wear these whenever they speak on stage or when they are on camera.

Project Partner

1 sold

RMB7,500

Project Partners receive everything from the Stage Hero perk, plus the opportunity to collaborate with our team on a joint promotional campaign.

Leverage our network and expertise to boost your project's visibility and success.

VIP

1 sold

RMB10,000

VIPs get everything what is in the Project Partner perk, plus Henk's advise on your project during a Dinner with Henk at the Palladium. 

You also get a free Week Pass for TroubleMaker Huaqiangbei. 

Mentorship Master

1 sold

RMB15,000

Mentorship Masters receive all benefits of the VIP perk, along with an extended mentorship program with Henk himself.

Receive ongoing guidance, support, and strategic advice for your project's development and growth.

Ultra VIP

Be the first!

RMB25,000

Ultra VIPs get everything what is in the Mentorship Master perk, plus you get to play a role in one of our upcoming promotional videos WITH your name in the credits!

TroubleMaker Ambassador

1 sold

RMB30,000

TroubleMaker Ambassadors receive everything from the Ultra VIP perk, plus an exclusive ambassadorship role within the TroubleMaker community.

Represent our brand, share your experiences, and gain recognition as a key supporter of innovation and creativity.

Pay it forward

10% of all the payments we receive go into a fund which provides scholarships to inventors who have a great idea for a world-changing product, but who lack the budget for a TroubleMaker membership.

Case study

In 2016, TroubleMaker provided a scholarship to a a young American guy who wanted to make self-balancing wheels much more safe to use and couldn't afford the membership. He had never developed a product and he had no experience doing business with China.

In 2018, after pivoting his idea, he started his own electric skateboard factory and owns the IP on the motors, the tires, and the firmware.

When you support TroubleMaker, you support the people who need it most. Back us today and we keep you in the loop about who we have supported and the result of their projects.

Conditions of the crowdfunding campaign

The TroubleMaker Reboot Crowdfunding Campaign runs from March 6th to 20th.

The rewards and perks are ONLY available during this period.


The membership rewards

Your membership purchase is a one-time payment. It does not automatically renew.

You can choose to start your membership right away or you can wait and start your membership on any date in the future.

A 3-month Silver membership provides three times one month Silver membership.

We upgrade your 6-month Silver membership to Gold at no extra cost to you.

We upgrade your 12-month Silver membership to Platinum at no extra cost to you.

If you cannot stay in China for six or twelve months, you can transfer your membership to a colleague or you can change your membership into a Remote membership for the time you are away.

TroubleMaker memberships are bound to a company or to a person. It can only be transferred to someone else if we agree.


The support perks

Your support perk is a one-time payment and includes freebies and privileges.

Backing our campaign with a support perk does not mean you must buy a membership later on. It is totally okay to enjoy the benefits of the support perk and never buy a membership.

Most support perks include one or two discount vouchers. Each voucher gives you the right to a 5% discount on any membership.

Every Support Perk also includes a bonus discount voucher. The value of this voucher equals the amount you paid for the support perk. This voucher can be used to purchase one membership. The voucher cannot be used in combination with other discounts. We do not return money in case the price of the membership is lower than the value of the voucher.

You don't have to buy your membership right away, your vouchers stay valid for one year. We will remind you once in a while to use your discount voucher, especially near the end of the year when the vouchers are about to expire.

Discount vouchers are bound to a company or to a person. They can be used to buy a membership for the company or the person they are bound to. You can only transfer discount vouchers to someone else if we agree. 

How to pay

We use Yoopay as our payment processor. Yoopay works with both domestic payment methods and with international credit cards. These are the payment methods Yoopay accepts:

  1. WeChat
  2. Alipay
  3. UnionPay
  4. Visa
  5. MasterCard
  6. American Express
  7. PayPal

We provide a legally qualifying invoice for payments made by foreign companies and fapiao for payments made by Chinese companies.

Agency members and Manufacturer members with a Chinese company pay straight to our company bank account. 

What happens if we don't reach our goal of 1M?

Reaching our goal means we can operate with peace of mind. With a complete setup and enough runway, we can focus on what we do best: providing you with a straight-A service.

However, we can still start if we don't reach our goal of RMB 1M. We can move our tools and machines from Bao'an to Huaqiangbei and only buy what's missing. We can start with simpler furniture and buy large, electric sit/stand desks at a later moment. And also the cleanroom we plan to build could wait.

These are the milestones:

250K
We Reboot TroubleMaker Huaqiangbei and everyone who has backed this campaign receives a free VIP ticket for the Opening Party!

500K
We invest in high-quality furniture for optimal work performance: Electric sit/stand desks, ergonomic office chairs, and private/lockable engineering benches.

750K
We invest in a cleanroom and in air-quality management for the electronics lab and machining room.

1M
We invest in state-of-the-art lab equipment.

Let's put our shoulders under this together! We can make this happen!

With your help we will have a true shared and fully independent R&D lab right smack in the center of Huaqiangbei.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don't see the answer to your question? Ask us right now!

How does crowdfunding work?

Crowdfunding is a way to fund projects and ideas by asking people to pay for the product before it exists. Crowdfunding validates the assumption that people need the product. It is one of the best ways to fund an idea as it de-risks the project for both the creator as the people who help fund the project. When you support a crowdfunding project, you help bring ideas to life!

What will TroubleMaker do with the raised funds?

We will use the funds to sustain our operations and to upgrade your experience as a member or visitor. These are our priorities:

  • Pay the rent of the location
  • Upgrade our labs
  • Get comfortable adjustable sit/stand work desks
  • Create a cozy reception area with coffee & tea corner
  • Compensate the people who operate the space

I cannot come to Shenzhen. Is there another way I can support you?

Yes, absolutely! For example in these two ways:

  1. TroubleMaker has a Remote Membership with benefits catered towards product developers who cannot come to China but still want to develop and manufacture their product here.
  2. You can also back the campaign with a Support perk. These include products and services that speak to the heart of our community. With a Support perk you are just as much part of Team TroubleMaker as the members!

I don't need a membership right now. Maybe later.

We have thought of you! And we can share TWO exiting options with you.

  1. There is no need to start your membership right away. You can start your membership at any date in the future. During the campaign we offer discounts of up to 41%, plus free bonuses. If you know you will need a membership later, there will never be a better moment to get one than now.
  2. Most of the support perks include discount vouchers which stay valid for one year. This means you can support the campaign with a smaller payment now and still get up to 10% discount on your membership later on!

What is the difference between Developers, Agencies, and Manufacturers?

Glad you asked!

We use the word Developer for companies and individuals who want to develop and manufacture physical products in China and are looking for support to speed up and de-risk their operations.

Developers often need help from service suppliers such as Freelancers and Agencies with a team. For example Industrial Designers. Engineers, Legal advisors, Sourcing agents, Certification specialists, and so on.

The good thing is that Agencies also need Developers to sustain their business. That is why TroubleMaker also has a membership with benefits that cater to the need of Agencies. If you run an agency, this is the best moment to get on board!

The same is true for Manufacturers. Developers need Manufacturers and vice versa. If you are a manufacturer in China, ask us how TroubleMaker can be a profitable extension to your company!

What happens if the campaign doesn't reach the 1M goal?

Good question!

If we don't reach our funding goal of 1M, we still re-open TroubleMaker in Huaqiangbei. Reopening has our highest priority as our members need a place to work from, even if this means with simple desks and with existing tools.

These are our milestones:

250K
We Reboot TroubleMaker Huaqiangbei and everyone who has backed this campaign receives a free VIP ticket for the Opening Party!

500K
We invest in high-quality furniture for optimal work performance: Electric sit/stand desks, ergonomic office chairs, and private/lockable engineering benches.

750K
We invest in a cleanroom and in air-quality management for the electronics lab and machining room.

1M
We invest in state-of-the-art lab equipment.

What happens if we raise more than 1M?

The answer to this question depends on who the backers are that funded the campaign.

If most are Manufacturers and Agencies who need services, then we will expand our team and our activities so that we can deliver as promised.

If most of the backers are Developers who need access to the labs during their stay, then perhaps we need a larger room.

If a larger room is not necessary, we save the funds for later and we might ask our community what they think is a good cause to consider.

Which payment options do you offer?

TroubleMaker uses Yoopay as our payment gateway for the Support perks and the Memberships. Yoopay accepts WeChat Pay, Alipay, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, and bank transfer.

Agencies and Manufacturers with a company in China pay straigt to the TroubleMaker company bank account.

Will you provide a legally qualifying invoice?

Yes, absolutely. 

We provide a legally qualifying invoice for payments made by foreign companies.

Will you provide Fapiao?

Yes, absolutely.

We provide Fapiao for payments made by Chinese companies.

Can I still get a discount after the campaign has ended?

We currently have no plans to offer discounts on memberships once this campaign has ended. And if we do, the discount will never be as good as now!

I bought a 3-month membership, but I cannot stay in China that long.

We've got your back!

If you cannot stay in China for the full period of your 3-month membership, then you can:

  1. transfer your membership to a colleague, or
  2. use only 1 month of your membership and keep the two other months for a later date, or
  3. change your TroubleMaker Shenzhen membership into a Remote membership. You can change it back to a Shenzhen membership later.

I bought a 6/12-month membership, but I cannot stay in China that long.

The answer to this question depends on if you have registered your Chinese company at our address or not.

If you have registered your Chinese company at our address, then your TroubleMaker Shenzhen membership continues for the full period.

  • TroubleMaker will continue providing remote services to you while you are not in China.
  • You can ask one of your colleagues to replace you for the time you are away.

If you did not register your company on our address, then

  • you can transfer your membership to a colleague for the time you are away and change it back later, or
  • change your TroubleMaker Shenzhen membership into a Remote membership and change it back later.


I want to change my Reward or Perk. Is this possible?

Yes, absolutely!

During the campaign

  • you can change your membership into any of the other memberships as long as they are still available, or
  • you can change your membership to a Support perk.

You only pay the price difference or we return the difference to you if your new choice is priced lower.

After the campaign has ended you can still upgrade or downgrade your membership. Please remember that after the campaign has ended, the membership fees have returned to the normal list price.

Can I ask TroubleMaker for a refund?

Yes, you can cancel your order through Yoopay until the last day of the crowdfunding campaign.

Can I change the shipping address for my Support Perk?

Yes, you can change your shipping address until we start shipping.

Don't see the answer to your question? Ask us right now!

Campaign Updates

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Reboot News

2024/03/06

We are live!

These past 3 weeks we have built the crowdfunding page, shared the news, and edited a lot based on feedback from testers.

Now it's time! Together we can make the Reboot of TroubleMaker in Huaqiangbei happen.

Here is how you can support:

1) If you need TroubleMaker for your product development, or to grow your customer base, then consider backing the campaign with a membership. Backers get up to 41% discount.

2) If TroubleMaker has helped you in the past and you want to give back, but you don't need a membership, then consider backing the campaign with a Support Perk. It's a one-time payment and you can score awesome benefits in return.

3) Share, Share, Share the news about our campaign to your network. Thank you very much!

Here is the link to send people to:
https://troublemakershenzhen.com/preboot/

Rush if you want to get one of the Super Early Bird deals!

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Reboot News

2024/02/24

We have increased the benefits of two Support Perks!

On request of reviewers of our campaign, we have added a free Day Pass to the Wall of Famer Perk and we have added a free Week Pass to the VIP Perk.

These passes give access to TroubleMaker Huaqiangbei with many of the same benefits of a full membership. You can use them for yourself or your company, but Day and Week Passes are also great gifts!