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$100.00 minimum investment

Rhino Hide

Bulletproof Wall Filler for Schools

Regulation Crowdfunding
Sagle, ID
Technology
Accepting International Investment
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Protecting People Wherever They Gather

Invest in Rhino Hide

If a shooter can’t get into a classroom through a bulletproof door, and they can't shoot or break through the walls, then they can't harm our kids. Based on our testing, a typical bullet can penetrate as many as eight wall sections before the projectile is stopped. Stray bullets from police attempting to stop a shooter can also be dangerous to students and teachers. Students need a way to instantly shelter in place and wait for the police to arrive. 

Rhino Hide is a completely new category of product made from a two-part composite-reinforced liquid and filled with a special aggregate.  The blend is poured into small holes at the top of any standard wall. Once the wall is filled, the liquid chemically cures in a few hours to a hard plastic consistency. The formulated composite in this new product makes the walls or structures they are filled with impervious to projectiles from small arms fire or projectiles from extreme weather such as hurricanes or tornadoes.


Invest in Something that Matters

Prototype wall section stopping 12 gauge buck-shot

Rhino Hide:

  • Protects kids and teachers while police arrive
  • Can be installed in existing walls
  • Acts as an insulator
  • Improves structures resistance to fire
  • Serves to dampen sound from adjacent rooms 
  • Installs in just hours
  • Only 1/5th the weight of concrete

The Rhino Hide Brand is a Badge. It Tells Bad Actors to Stay Out!

The Offering

Investment basics
$1.00/Non-Voting Class B Unit  │  Pre-money valuation of $2,000,000  │  1,070,000 units available  │  Minimum Investment: $100

Perks

All Investors Get:

A High-Quality All-Metal 1.75" Challenge-Coin

Invest $2000 or More and Get:

A Custom Rhino Hide Polo with Comfortable Sublimation Printed Artwork

What is Rhino Hide Made From?

Rhino Hide is a proprietary blend of 2-part polyurethane and cost-reducing aggregate made from recycled car tires.  Car tires are one of the few materials that actually cost less than nothing. Tire stores must dispose of millions of tires per year and they are willing to pay to get rid of them!


  • We offer 3 blends to meet various price points and strength needs
  • Rhino Hide includes an additive to improve flame resistance and reduce smoke.
  • “Part A” is red and “Part B” is yellow so when they are  completely blended  it makes Rhino Hide Orange to provide a visual cue that the product is completely blended

How is Rhino Hide Installed?

Rhino Hide is filled into special poly tube liners similar to the produce bags you put your tomatoes in at the grocery store. Each liner is inserted into the wall and then filled with the liquid Rhino Hide. This protects the internal wall components and eliminates internal wall stresses caused by adhesion and slight shrinkage.


We offer Do-It-Yourself kits allowing homeowners to install Rhino Hide in their personal shelters. Small amounts can be mixed with standard tools.


We also offer Industrial Installation Equipment for our large-scale Certified Installer Network.

Mixing Equipment Features:

  • Two computer controlled servo-pumps
  • Disposable nozzle and mixing element
  • Operates on 120 VAC
  • Pumps up to ten gallons per minute

What are the 3 Revenue Streams?

   

1 - Installation Equipment

  • Metered Mixing pumping equipment
  • Tank heaters, stirrers, handling equipment
  • Training and certification included
  • Estimated $3M equipment revenue in the first 2 years

2 - Consumables

  • Disposable mixing nozzles and elements
  • Protective poly wall liners
  • Equipment parts
  • Estimated $60,000 consumable revenue in the first 2 years

   

3 - Bulletproof Wall Fillers

  • 330 gallon, 55 gallon, 5 gallon
  • 3 blends available
  • Part A and Part B for each
  • Estimated $4M wall-filler revenue in the first 2 years

To access to our complete projections click: here

How Will the Business Operate?

Certified Installer Network

Rhino Hide LLC will perform development, testing, marketing, sales, and training in Sagle, Idaho.


300+ Certified Installers and Distributors, with existing businesses, are being recruited to act as our extended customer service arm throughout the United states.


  • Certified Installers are being selected from companies with experience in fields such as Insulation, concrete, and drywall construction
  • Extends our sales reach and improves our growth trajectory
  • Significantly Improves the quality of customer service
  • Certified Installers must be established companies, well trained by the Rhino Hide trainers, and licensed/bonded, reducing our liability regarding their work product.

Interested in becoming a Certified Installer, click here

Toll Manufacturer

Initially, Rhino Hide will be using SeaTex Compounding Company as our Toll Manufacturer.


SeaTex is a member of ChemBlend International. They provide chemical blending and branded fulfillment all over the US. Partnering with an established manufacturer:

  • Reduces cost due to their large volume purchasing power
  • Leverages their quality certifications: (ISO 9001, EPA, and UL)
  • Provides Faster delivery to our customers
  • Reduces our start-up cost - no capital equipment to buy

How Big is the Market?

Source of chart click here

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are over 138,000 schools in the United States. K-12 enrollment is about 55 million students per year, with an average class size of 21 students. At an average cost of $15,000 to secure a classroom with Rhino Hide, we can estimate that the total available market size is $39 billion to secure approximately 2.6 million classrooms. (Source)


School safety budgets are getting a boost. A March press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations touted $2.3 billion in increases for school safety this year alone, with funds coming through programs at the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments. Local funding, which makes up about half of the overall educational budget, is also being increased. (Source)


It's encouraging that the school security problem is getting more attention, but there are challenges to enter the educational market... 

  1. The average Rhino Hide implementation cost is $270,000 per school, which is a large expenditure for most districts.
  2. School Boards plan their budgets a year in advance and may need to pass a bond to get funding, which can result in a long sales cycle.
  3. Most schools will choose to install Rhino Hide in off season so as not to interfere with regular class time, which may also delay installation. 
  4. Government facilities require regulatory considerations that may require special safety certifications.

Alternate Markets

The fact is; even though schools are our intended primary market, initially the Rhino Hide company will need sales into alternative markets with shorter sales cycles. Targeting smaller markets, in the private sector, will allow for more manageable growth and provide us with experience and time to acquire required certifications. Other markets include:

  • Community Storm Shelters
  • Temporary Outdoor Event Barriers
  • DIY Personal Shelters
  • Theaters
  • Police Car Doors
  • Government Buildings

How Are Our Products Better?

Time to Shelter

Our competitors shelters are constructed in the corner of the classroom and hold a limited number of kids. Moving kids from their seats to the shelter wastes valuable time. With Rhino Hide, the classroom is the shelter. Kids are safe at their desks until the police arrive.

Retrofittable

Other bulletproof wall solutions require the wall to be removed and reconstructed using hard-to-work-with materials. Some competitive products are attached to the outside of the wall. Rhino Hide just pours into the existing walls and hardens to become bulletproof. 

Use of Space

Setting up a standalone shelter in the corner of each classroom uses a lot of valuable space and will only protect a limited number of students. With Rhino Hide, the entire classroom, with the maximum capacity of students, is protected without taking up any extra space. 

Cost

One of our competitors recently installed their product in an Oklahoma school with just 6 classrooms. The total cost was a whopping $400,000 and took several weeks for the process. Rhino Hide could have been installed for less than $150,000 in a fraction of the time.

What Have we Accomplished

Since the start of the Rhino Hide business on June 13, 2018, we have made a tremendous amount of progress in a very short time. 


In the last 5 months we have:

  • Developed and live-fire tested completely functional bulletproof wall filler product. Certified testing for flame, insulation, and soundproofing are ongoing.
  • Filed a provisional patent for our bulletproof wall filler
  • Raised $107,000 in the StartEngine seed round and received significant over-subscriptions after the initial close.
  • Designed computer controlled mixing and pumping equipment for our certified installers. Currently building the prototype.
  • Recruited 93 businesses that hope to be certified installers. Vetting will start soon.

Prototype Computer-Controller Mixing-Pump

Intellectual Property

The first thing we did when we started the Rhino Hide business was to file a provisional patent to protect our intellectual property for the first year while we develop the product further. Now, after many months of development we have discovered that not only the bulletproof wall filler chemistry has palatable value, but there are several other aspects that can be patented as well.


Before we start selling our bulletproof wall filler or our computer controlled mixing and pumping equipment, our intellectual property must be fully protected.  We have engaged with a patent firm in Spokane, Washington who will be filing several patents, as well as trademarks, to be sure the main value in our company is solidly under our control. 

Sales Projections

To access to our complete projections click: here

Certified Installer Sales

We have recruited 93 companies to be our Certified Installers, just in the last 5 months. Our goal for the first year of operation is to have 100 fully vetted Certified Installers all over the United States. By year two, our goal is to have at least 300 Certified Installers. 

  • If each Installer only did 1 average install per year: 
    • Rhino Hide gross revenue would be $75M per year
    • Resulting in approximately 300 jobs 
  • If each installer did 4 average installs per year:
    • Rhino Hide gross revenue would be $300M per year
    • Resulting in approximately 800 Jobs

Who am I

My name is Jason Giddings. I am an aerospace engineer, and I have spent the last 23 years of my life designing and manufacturing product ideas for other people and businesses. I have started and currently own two successful businesses...Giddings Product Development and Inteliscope.


I invented Rhino Hide because I have a daughter in high school. I see school shootings occurring more and more frequently. It is sickening to imagine this sort of violence occurring at her school. Unfortunately, the topic of school shootings has become a political tool. It is frustrating to see politicians on both sides using this, to further their own agendas. There is a solution and it is simple. Keep the bad folks out, and make it impossible to do any harm.

-Jason Giddings

CEO

Invest in Our Company Today!

Schools safety is a massive and rising market with tremendous potential, but more importantly, I believe we can make a meaningful contribution to end the school shooting epidemic now. Those of us who have the experience and the drive to develop products and businesses can use our skills to do some good.

In the Press

N. Idaho man creates way to make walls bulletproof
August 2, 2018

SAGLE, Idaho -- As school districts across the nation grapple with beefing up security, one North Idaho man invented a product he believes can save lives in a school shooting. Jason Giddings calls it, "Rhino Hide." It is pumped into interior walls, where it hardens and becomes bullet-proof.

RHINO HIDE SEEKS TO MAKE WALLS BULLETPROOF
July 24, 2018

SANDPOINT — A local company has announced it has developed a line of two-part chemical wall filler that will "turn any classroom into a bulletproof safe room." Rhino Hide LLC CEO Jason Giddings said the idea behind the Rhino Hide bulletproof wall filler is to allow kids to shelter-in-place.

Offering Summary

Maximum 1,070,000* Non-Voting Class B Units ($1,070,000)

*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus units. See 10% Bonus below

Minimum 10,000 Non-Voting Class B Units ($10,000)


Company
Rhino Hide LLC
 

Corporate Address
273 Birch Banks, Sagle Idaho 83860
 

Description of Business
Rhino Hide is a new category of product made from a 2-part composite-reinforced-liquid that can be poured into small holes at the top of any standard wall. The wall is filled, and the liquid chemically hardens in a few hours to make the walls or structures it is filled with, impervious to projectiles from small arms fire or extreme weather such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
 

Type of Security Offered
Non-Voting Class B Units
 
Purchase Price of Security Offered
$1.00 Per Unit
 

Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 
$100












Perks*

$1,000+ 

  • Rhino Hide - "StartEngine Investor" Polo

$5,000+ 

  • Rhino Hide bulletproof molded sample
  • Rhino Hide - "StartEngine Investor" Polo

$10,000+ 

  • Product Test Trip to Lake Pend Oreille (US investors only)
  • Rhino Hide bulletproof molded sample
  • Rhino Hide - "StartEngine Investor" Polo

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.


The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders

Rhino Hide LLC will offer 10% additional bonus units for all investments that are committed by StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. shareholders (with ≥ $1,000 invested in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign) within 24 hours of this offering going live.

StartEngine shareholders who have invested $1,000+ in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign will receive a 10% bonus on this offering within a 24-hour window of their campaign launch date.  This means you will receive a bonus for any units you purchase.  For example, if you buy 100  Non-Voting Class B Units at $1 / unit, you will receive 10 Non-Voting Class B bonus units, meaning you'll own 110 units for $100.   Fractional units will not be distributed and unit bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid for one year from the time StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. investors receive their countersigned StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. subscription agreement.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments and salary made to one's self, a friend or relative; Any expense labeled "Administration Expenses" that is not strictly for administrative purposes; Any expense labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; Any expense that is for the purposes of inter-company debt or back payments.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$38,071.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$21,269.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$16,802.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$147,186.00 USD
$0.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

Raw Materials are Inbound!

10 days ago

Raw Materials are Inbound!

I thought you may enjoy the attached pictures. As of this morning, the chemicals for the first batch are being loaded onto the vessel in Shanghai. These pictures don’t include the 4 barrels (1000 Kg) of high purity glycerine which will be paired with the rest at Shanghai port. The ship will depart on the 24th of July and arrive in Seattle on about the 13th of August. Then its just a couple days by truck to our building in Sandpoint Idaho. 

I'm like a kid on Christmas morning!


Notice of Funds Disbursement

14 days ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Better than we hoped!

17 days ago

Better than we hoped!

Usually it seems like nothing goes as fast as I want it to and it always seems to costs more than expected, but yesterday was the exception. I have been working to develop a relationship with a new supplier for all of our raw materials. (Glycerine supplier shown below)

The mixing plant is getting closer to being done and it’s time to order raw materials.

This batch will only be 600 gallons. If you recall my estimates for cost of materials in May was $12.75 per gallon. Yesterday I received updated pricing of only $8.19 per gallon!!! That includes shipping!

So, think about how this affects the Rhino Hide business model... I always say; “a good rule of thumb is to have the retail cost of the product to be at least 3X or 4X the cost to acquire the product" Our retail price is $49 per gallon based on competitive product pricing. That gives us a margin of almost 6X at low quantities. Once we start buying in bulk we can expect to see at least a 20% decrease in costs, bringing our price down to about $6.55 per gallon - a whopping 7.5X margin!

Good News! StartEngine Allows Campaign Extension in the Final Hours!

28 days ago

Good News! StartEngine Allows Campaign Extension in the Final Hours!

I have to give some credit to the folks at StartEngine. They are building one hell-of-a complex investment system with a massive compliance burden. You may not see what happens behind the scenes, but they are working tirelessly to be sure every update and document is in compliance with the overwhelming SEC rules. Oftentimes it can be frustrating, just a slight change in the way an update is worded can be the difference between compliance or noncompliance and can result in severe punitive action to the campaigners.

I was just informed that recently they have been back and forth about their understanding of the SEC rules with regard to when a campaign must end. One interpretation is that it must end at the one-year mark, but it turns out that a campaign can actually be extended past a year, as long as the campaign has not reached their maximum funding goal.

I am happy to say that they discovered this nuance and are now allowing me to extend the campaign for another 60 days! They presented me with an option to extend or to end the campaign just a short time ago – I chose to extend because we have seen a lot of momentum recently and I wanted to give the opportunity to as many people as possible to be involved at this round.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write into the comments which come to me directly. 

I would like to thank investors and non-investors alike who like me, fervently believes in our mission!

Notice of Material Change in Offering

28 days ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Rhino Hide offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Rhino Hide has extended the end date of their campaign by 60 days.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Final Hours to Own Part of Rhino Hide!

28 days ago

Get in while you still can!

$350,000

about 1 month ago

It looks like we are going to hit $350K before the end of the campaign!

Click here to check it out... 

www.startengine.com/rhino-hide 


Tanks and Thanks! - FINAL DAYS

about 1 month ago

Tanks and Thanks! - FINAL DAYS

Today the mixing tanks finally arrived! It may seem like such a silly thing to be so excited about a couple of poly cone-bottom tanks but these are the last components of our two mixing stations. The long lead time caused me to do a lot of thumb twiddling with regard to the mixing, but now I’m back to work on our production setup and can assemble everything, allowing us to mix our own product!

Also, I want to take a minute to thank all of you for your investments, guidance, and kind words throughout the campaign. There are a lot of SEC rules associated with what I can and can't tell you with regard to the future so I’ll just say; the coming weeks and months should prove to be very exciting for all of us.


Final Days - Appealing to the Other Half

about 1 month ago

Final Days - Appealing to the Other Half

Now that we are getting down to the last days of the campaign I see that a little more than half of the 1400 followers have invested.

Today I would like to hear from those of you who haven’t yet invested... are there any questions I can answer that might help you decide to put in $100? Post a comment and let me know and I’ll do what I can to bring you aboard.

Don’t miss your chance - Get in now before it's too late!



As Forrest Gump would say; “That’s good, one less thing”

about 1 month ago

One of the struggles I have had since the beginning of the campaign is the huge cost of attorneys. To do it right, they need to be involved in every aspect of a campaign like this. Until now I have been paying for these services using cash from investments but that money is better used for other costs associated with business development.

Yesterday one of the firms I have been using over the last year offered to do the remainder of legal business development over the next two years in exchange for equity! This includes a massive amount of corporate documents, employee documents, third party agreements, training and certification documents, intellectual property, and on and on.

This is very exciting, not just because we won’t need to use our valuable cash-on-hand to pay for legal efforts but it’s also important to note: this is a sofisticated firm that has been with us since the start. They know every detail about the Rhino Hide company and have been privy to first hand information and tours of our facility. This firm decided to take the same risk as all of you, and significantly invest in our passion!

Keep an eye on Rhino Hide - CLOSING SOON!

about 1 month ago

We are getting very close to the end of the campaign. I am expecting a bump in investments. Don’t miss your chance – invest today!

Also, on Friday, I was invited to interview with Spokane Journal of Business. It airs on June 20th. I’ll be sure to send you a link when I get it.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 month ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Wrapping-Up

about 2 months ago

It has been one hell-of-a ride the Rhino Hide company is nearing the end of the campaign. I’ll have some documents to send out to investors next week, but they are not quite ready, so I thought I would just do a quick Year-in-Review…

  • 1 year ago - $16,730 raised in the first 24 hours
  • 11 Months ago – Made the local news: Krem2
  • 10 Months ago – Reached the minimum investment goal
  • 9 Months ago – Completed the metered mixer design
  • 8 Months ago – Began recruiting Certified Installers
  • 7 Months ago – Crowditz: Rhino Hide-top 5% of crowdfunding momentum
  • 6 Months ago – Rhino Hide Exceeded its maximum funding goal of $107K
  • 5 Months ago – Shipped a bonus challenge coin to every investor
  • 4 Months ago – Received Letter of Intent to purchase over $7M worth of product
  • 3 Months ago – Finalized Chemistry of our Rhino Hide product
  • 2 Months ago – Moved into our new building
  • 1 Month ago – Received request-to-purchase from a Fortune 500 company

Now… We are currently building our mixing plant in Sandpoint Idaho. The final components, the tanks, will be shipped June 25th and we can do the final assembly. Once the mixing stations are done, we will be able to mix up to $60,000 worth of Rhino Hide per day in just one shift. So far we have over 170 companies signed up to become certified installers. Over the next few months we will be testing with Oregon Ballistic Laboratories. Once that’s done, we can begin sales!

Please read...

about 2 months ago

You may have noticed that the Rhino Hide StartEngine campaign has been down for the last couple days. There’s a legal explanation below but I thought I should explain, personally. It turns out that the update I filed last Saturday morning, and all of you received by email, had some verbiage in it that breaks the rules set forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Specifically, I am not allowed to mention how the value of the company will change in future rounds that are not currently filed with the SEC. So, all mention of what may or may not happen after the closing of this campaign on June 24th must be removed. With that in mind, the Saturday update was removed and replaced with the below legal disclaimer. I am sorry for any problems this may have caused. I am sure you can understand that managing an investment campaign comes with a steep learning curve.

There are a few details from the deleted update that are not in violation and should be listed…

  • The Rhino Hide Company has received $7.4M in sales requests so far.
  • The company is currently transitioning to a C-Corp from an LLC.
  • There is still time to invest before the end of the campaign.
  • The below image shows our Rhino Hide product being tested in St. Louis… Notice the red and yellow are being blended to make “Rhino Hide” Orange.

Noncompliance Notice

about 2 months ago

The issuer in this offering posted an update referring to the company’s current and potential future valuation. Investors should be aware that the price at which securities are sold by the issuer, whether now or in the future, is not an indication of the inherent value of the company. An increase in price does not necessarily correlate to an increase in value. Additionally, there can be no assurance that there will be any market for the shares under this offering in the future, at the price paid or at any other price. With respect to future offerings, there can be no assurance that any future offering will be made, and no offer of securities under Regulation CF may be made until a Form C covering that offering is filed with the SEC"

Notice of Material Change in Offering

about 2 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Rhino Hide offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Rhino hide has updated their offering document with a clarification of valuation details.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

3 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

PROGREP (Army Speak for "Progress Report)

3 months ago

Yesterday we began receiving equipment for the mixing plant. It started arriving just a bit earlier than I hoped... I was planning on painting the floor and walls first, and now all this stuff is in the way. Monday we will move it all to the next room over while we prep this bay to be a clean chemical production environment.  I'll also be adding a conference room in the loft space you can see above. There are offices to the right and also up the stairs to the right plus a break room through the door at the top of the steps.

Blending Equipment - Ordered

3 months ago

Two 345 gallon cone bottom mixing tanks and stands $2000


Two variable-speed 1Hp industrial tank mixers - $7800


Six tank heaters - $1900


Two complete tank scales - $1000


Miscellaneous racking, equipment, and fittings - $3500


The ability to manufacture $60,000 worth of Rhino Hide in and 8-hour shift - Priceless


Notice of Material Change in Offering

3 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Rhino Hide offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Issuer has updated its financials with full year 2018 financials and extended the end date of the offering.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Here’s What We Decided

3 months ago

After talking with several advisers and hearing many thoughts and opinions from investors I have decided to change to a C Corp. I have already started my attorney down the path and although the effort only takes a few hours, the change will be official on June 26th. This is the day we will restart the campaign with a new higher valuation and a new minimum investment size.

The choice was based on a few important advantages:

  • Even though C Corps are taxed at the corporate level and at the investor level the tax burden is a wash
  • C Corps result in less effort for the companies and the investors tax filing efforts.
  • C Corps are more appealing for investors out of state and institutional investors.
  • C Corps give more flexibility in the distribution of dividends
  • C Corps are better in cases where there are many investors (We have 650 so far)

I would like to thank everyone who chimed in with all the excellent advice!

We Have a Decision to Make (Please provide your opinion)

3 months ago

The campaign will end on June 26th. It looks like we have enough momentum that we won’t need to raise any more money after that… But at this point we are not sure if we will continue raising or not. I think we will… just to provide a little financial buffer while we get into sales.

A couple important things will happen as we transition into the next phase of the campaign…

  • We will increase the valuation based on our accomplishments (probably from $2M to $3M). This will provide a nice boost to the value of any shares purchased before the transition.
  • We may also decide to change the structure of the business from an LLC to a C Corp.

Changing to a C Corp seems to be desirable for investors, although I am not sure why. With an LLC the profits and losses are passed through to the shareholders. That means that until the company is profitable each of you get a K-1 that you can apply to your taxes as a loss, which will reduce your tax burden. With a C Corp, the losses don’t go to the shareholders, they go back into the company and offset the tax burden of future profits. So, the shareholders still benefit because more profits will be left to distribute once the company becomes profitable.

Also, as a C-Corp the company must pay taxes on profits at a rate of 21%, and then you each also get taxed on your income from the company… This double taxation seems undesirable unless you’re an officer of the company and can take some profit as an employee.

Here’s my question for you:

  1. Do you see any benefit to changing to a C Corp?
  2. Would changing to a C Corp help you to decide to invest?

Pricing!

3 months ago

The pricing has finally been established! I have not been sure if I should tell everyone exactly what the costs and pricing structure are. This is usually information reserved for the upper management. In the end I decided that all of you are either investors or folks I hope will decide to invest. I decided to show you all the margins, one: in the interest of transparency and two: because they are fantastic, and I really want everyone to know how these nice margins will help get this business rolling!

As an introduction to the numbers below, we have three versions of product that you can see along the left column. The pure product is the most bulletproof and the 50% fill version is the least bulletproof. As an example, based on our ballistics certifications chart you may decide to use the pure product in a 2” thick wall, or the 25% fill version in a 3 ½” wall, or maybe the 50% fill version for a 5 ½” wall. It depends on the wall thickness and what kind of protection level you want for your specific needs.

Most businesses should have product costs that are between 1/3rd and 1/5th of the final retail price. This gives enough room for marketing, overhead, and re-seller margins. Its best to start a little high priced… you can always reduce the price, but you can never increase it. Our cost to price ration is about 6.4 – I think that’s a great place to start!

Slight Change of Plans

3 months ago

As you all probably know, we have been planning to manufacture our bulletproof wall filler product at a partner company. We expected that this would give us more purchasing power and help reduce the cost.

The problem we keep running into is that the product price is very affordable at high quantities but extremely high at low quantities. In my experience this is typical for all production but seems to be especially apparent for this product.

The reason mostly boils down to the fact that the chemicals we use are difficult to clean out of the tanks after they are blended. Toll manufacturers need to use their tanks for many customers from day to day. The other option is that the company dedicates mixing vessels specifically to blending our product and therefore doesn’t need to clean them between uses. One vendor told us it would cost around $300K to set up dedicated mixing tanks at their facility, so that’s not really an option.

I have been given insanely high pricing of $35/gallon for our first run of 600 gallons ($21,000 Total). This batch will be used for testing at Oregon Ballistic Laboratories and sending samples to some of our key distribution partners for their evaluation. I have decided there is a better way to spend this money. For less than $10,000, I can set up the small mixing plant you see above and then purchase the raw materials and blend it myself… and still spend less than the $21,000 total for the first order! After the first order we will still have the equipment for any other small runs we need to do.

Sure, it won’t be the fancy stainless steel pressure vessels capable of blending full truckloads in a single batch but it’s not a bad little system. One person can blend about 1200 gallons per day. There are 2 dedicated tanks with integrated vertical paddle mixers in each one. This allows one tank for part A and one tank for part B. Each tank is equipped with built-in scales for precise measuring of each component as it is added to the tanks from the barrels above. Its all gravity fed - we just place the raw materials on the top with our forklift. The B side includes a nitrogen injector to protect the chemicals which are sensitive to humidity. All-in-all, it will help us bridge the gap between start-up and full production… and give us a hell-of-a-lot of experience in the process.

Over the next several weeks I will be sure to give you frequent updates, with photos!

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3 months ago

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First Customer

4 months ago

You’re going to want to read every word of this one!

First let me get some housekeeping out of the way – I finally finished the taxes. They ended up being 2416 pages long! This means I can finally send out K-1s to those of you who invested before the end of the year. You will get an email later today with a link that will provide secure access.

Now that’s out of the way, here’s the good stuff… Over the last few months I have been working with one of the biggest fortune 500 companies in the world. They have a manufacturing facility in St. Louis. Sorry – I’m not allowed to say who they are. Suffice to say they are huge, and you would certainly know of their company, and you probably have several of their products in your home.

They have a problem that is right down our alley… They have a manufacturing facility that is within 10 feet of a public street known for rolling gun battles and random gunfire. They have agreed to help our company get off the ground by providing our first Purchase Order which will likely be over $450,000. We will be sending them product samples, in the very near future, so they can verify the product. We have agreed to give them a discount in return for allowing us to document the installation process and thoroughly test our computer controlled pumping equipment.

As you know we have a couple milestones to complete before we can start selling product. We are nearly there. With our first PO in hand we expect to see a spike in investment which will allow us to pick up the pace. We will most likely still need to raise money after our fast approaching 1-year campaign close. With our Intellectual Property, sales, and certification, all in place we will be adjusting the valuation and minimum investment size… the value of your securities is about to go up!

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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Today is My Birthday!

4 months ago

So if you needed some extra incentive to invest - there it is.

As you know; we will have options for DIY folks to install our products and also for certified installers to perform installations for larger projects musing our specialized equipment. As of today we have 138 signed up to become Certified Rhino Hide Installers. Its time to start building the process to help these companies succeed. David Rogers, one of the Rhino Hide company advisers started work on the structure of this new network. I thought you might like to see a draft of the outline we are using to build this infrastructure.  As always, I would like to here any feedback you may have!

Thanks

Jason


As a certified Rhino Hide installer, you’ll be part of an elite group of highly trained professionals in a fast-paced organization dedicated to superior quality and customer service. After training is complete and you have shown us that you are proficient with the use of our products, you’ll become a valued member of the Rhino Hide family and benefit from increased installation, warranty, and service work.

CERTIFIED INSTALLER REQUIREMENTS

To become a Certified Rhino Hide installer, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must hold an existing contractor license
  • Proof of liability insurance ($1,000,000 minimum)
  • Proof of workers compensation
  • Three professional references
  • Each employee associated with Rhino Hide installations must complete the online training sequence and pass the test with an 80% rate or better

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

As a Certified Rhino Hide Installer, you will have access to the following items to win and grow business:

  • Access to the latest training and best practices materials
  • Discounts on Rhino Hide product
  • State-of-the-art automated equipment for fast and efficient installations
  • Placement on our website database as a Rhino Hide Certified Installer
  • Use of the Rhino Hide badge and other marketing materials
  • Premier Plan: Rhino Hide markets directly to customers in your area and we pass along all customer leads.

Certification fee (TBD)

EXPECTATIONS

We demand the best from ourselves because our customers expect and deserve it. Our installers must continually meet the following expectations:

  • Maintain exceptional attention to detail
  • Adhere to Rhino Hide policies and procedures
  • Carry proof of all required insurance and licenses, as well as proof of Rhino Hide certification (card) to all job sites
  • Adhere to all rules, requirements, and regulations as stated in the Contractor Agreement

JOIN THE TEAM

Ready to see if your organization has what it takes to join our elite group of Certified Installers? Submit your application now.

Excellent News!

4 months ago

If you didn't see the StartEngine update... You can now invest as much as $10,000 using your credit card! The limit was previously $2000. This should make it a lot easier to invest larger amounts, and I know a great opportunity to try it out on... Just click that invest now button!

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4 months ago

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Why Don't He Write?

4 months ago

Today is a big day - It looks like we are about to go over $200,000. You may know; this is one of the milestones where StartEngine kicks in a bunch of free publicity so I expect the next couple weeks to be very active on the investment front!  

You may be wondering why you haven't seen a lot of activity in my updates. Its just because I am doing completely boring &%#! (stuff) There's just not much to talk about. As you may recall; We just leased a new building... Well there is a lot more work to be done in order for it to be ready for chemicals, people, and equipment, than I expected.

You may be also wondering if I am planning to extend the campaign... I think so. I have a couple large investors lined up that will provide enough capital to get us into sales but I don't have solid commitment. Instead of the typical 2 month extension, I will probably just extend one month. If these larger investors don't come through I can always extend up to June 26th. After that we will start the second phase (sales). If I decide to raise more money, I will need to make a new campaign because the company valuation will change based on the IP we have acquired and the fact that we will actually be selling product. Plus we will change from an LLC to an Inc. Ideally, we wont need to raise any more after June 26th... I am very conscious of the fact that any money we raise reduces our slice, and I, for one, want to own as much of the company as possible.

Huge Thanks! Biggest investment so far!

5 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has ever invested but a huge extra thanks to Jon Thederahn who just invested the largest investment to date! WOW!

Movin on Up

5 months ago

We have decided to take the lease on a bigger light industrial space to make room for equipment assembly, testing preparation, and the incoming first orders of chemicals. The previous space was just too small and didn't have a way to unload big containers of chemicals. It's not much, and its going to need some work, but it will serve our needs for at least a year, and it's frugal, which is a must at this early stage. 


In the future we hope to build a new tilt-up building that will allow us to do manufacturing for ourselves...

Who Knew? Bulletproof Walls are hard to cut!

5 months ago

In preparation for our Independent certification testing by Oregon Ballistic Laboratories, I cut several impact craters in half to show penetration of Ar-15 and 9mm. All the samples below were taken from a single 3.5" thick test panel that was subjected to 20 shots using AR-15 rounds, 24 shots using 9mm rounds and 5 shots using 12 gauge buckshot rounds, all in a single panel! I thought you might like to see the images below…

9mm FMJ. The sheetrock has been removed except for the paper. 


9mm FMJ. Cross section of the very shallow crater. One thing that I find interesting here is that the impact is in the center and the material has not compressed. Only in the outer ring do you see any cratering.

AR-15 FMJ. You don't see the same shaped crater on the AR-15 as compared to the doughnut shaped crater in the 9mm above. This is because the AR-15 projectile is pointed and travels faster than the speed of sound.


AR-15 FMJ. Cross section


AR-15 FMJ. Two impacts right next to each other. Notice both impacts are the same depth. This implies that the material strength was not compromised by the first impact. The surface cracking you see to the left is from another impact of a 12 gauge buckshot, nearby.

 

The winner is:

5 months ago

Ty Sharpe is the 500th investor!- Thanks Ty! - Edgar was a very close second



Lucky 500

5 months ago

We just hit 499 investors! Who's going to be lucky 500?

Big Day!

5 months ago

Today was a big day for Rhino Hide! I visited the Key Polymer company in Lawrence Massachusetts which is just an hour north of Boston. This was my first time to that area and although I didn’t have a lot of time to goof off, the area is very beautiful, and the chowder is phenomenal!

Key Polymer is our toll manufacturer. This is the company that will be blending our product and drop shipping to our Certified Installer Network. The biggest advantages to using a toll blender:

  • They get better pricing because they buy in bulk
  • They have millions of dollars invested in blending equipment. This reduces our start-up costs.
  • They are certified in many quality standards. This also reduces our start-up costs.
  • They will give us decent payment terms.
  • They can warehouse product in their facility to allow quick order fulfillment.
  • They have some of the hard-to-get chemicals in stock

Key Polymer has over 200,000 square feet of temperature-controlled space and is willing to set up dedicated lines just for Rhino Hide. In the picture below you can see the truly amazing set-up. This bay is dedicated to toll blending. The raw material tanks along the right side are connected via a super complicated network of pumps, valves, and control systems to the blending stations on the left. This means you can be at any blending station and, by means of their computer-controlled system, you can call up any chemical to be pumped to your station for blending. Massive 4,000-gallon mixing tanks are set into the floor and can blend enough product for a full tanker-truck of product in one batch.

On top of their very cool equipment and facilities, they’re good people. They are good at what they do and seem to be passionate about it. I have no doubt that they will be fantastic manufacturing partners!

Super Interesting Test Results:

5 months ago

This is an impact crater in Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler, from a 9mm FMJ. You can see the orange on the edges is just painted Sheetrock. The very center where the bullet made impact is at the same height where it started. The rhino Hide didn’t give at all! The concentric surface cracks near the center are from the bullet mushrooming and spreading outward before it completely disintegrated. The deepest penetration is just outside the concentric cracks like a doughnut and is less than 1/8 inch deep. The whole crater is about 1” in diameter in the Rhino Hide and about 3” across in the Sheetrock.

Status Report

5 months ago

Hey team! It’s overdue time for an update. Here are my biggest action items and their statuses:

  • Manufacturing: As I mentioned a few weeks back; we had some trouble finding a manufacturer who was perfectly suited to manufacture our product until our company is big enough to do it ourselves. I have been interviewing many companies and have found one in the Boston area that seems to know what their talking about. What I discovered is that most companies will tell you that the can do the work, but when it comes down to it, they either don’t have the right equipment, they don’t have the purchasing connections to get decent pricing, or they don’t have the manpower to be able to handle the massive volumes we are expecting. Key Polymer seems to be the right fit. They know their stuff and have a lot of experience blending very similar products to Rhino Hide. I am traveling to Boston next week to discuss pricing and check out their digs. I’ll be sure and take lots of pictures while I’m there, just for you.
  • Letters of Intent to Purchase: The Letter of Intent to Purchase that we received a few weeks ago has really given us some momentum. The humongous amount of credibility associated with being invited to participate in a $7M project has caught some attention. Everyone we work with from manufacturers, to patent attorneys are taking us more seriously now. With that in mind we are looking to other opportunities to get more of these letters over the next few weeks to help increase the momentum even more.
  • Certified Installer Goal: You may recall when we started this phase of the campaign, our goal was to recruit 100 companies within the first year to become the foundation of our Certified Installer Network. Well, its been 7 months and we are at 113! Now that we hit the goal, its my job to start building the training portal for our website and working with these folks to understand what they need to begin selling the Rhino Hide product.
  • Financial Status: Rhino Hide has about $40K cash on hand. We expect to need about $150K to get to sales. The biggest ticket items that must be complete before we can start selling include securing all Intellectual property opportunities and certifications testing. If you have been thinking about investing a larger amount in Rhino Hide, Now's the time. Contact me directly at jason@rhino-hide.com. For larger investments (>$50K) I can give special incentives, justified by the fact that I don’t have to pay the marketing costs.
  • New Location: within the next few months we will need to move into an interim light-industrial building that will be big enough that we won’t have to move again until we can build our very own phase-1 “dream” building. (concept picture below)
  • Shirts: I know shirts have taken longer than everyone expected. The fact is: getting everyone’s sizes, color and gender was like herding cats, and, I still don’t have them all. I have resolved to ship the ones for the folks who responded, and the rest can wait for the next batch. The shirts are now on order. It will take a few weeks for them to be completed and shipped. 

Sandpoint, ID - Phase 1 Manufacturing Facility (concept)


Number 2 Reason to Invest in Rhino Hide…

6 months ago

As of today, Rhino Hide has recruited 105 companies in the US to become Certified Installers. It was our goal to reach 100 within the first year. It has only been 7 months since we started! “Why is this important?”, you ask… Because Certified installers are the folks in the local areas that have the customers who need Rhino Hide. If each certified installer only installed our product in 1 average sized school per year, out of the 140,000 schools in the US, that would be gross revenue of $27M per year! Every one of those Certified Installers will thrive, we will thrive, and all of our investors will thrive too! What’s the number 1 reason?? Protecting people wherever they gather!

Strategic Acquisition

6 months ago

This morning I acquired the following domains to help with SEO and insure other companies don’t try to pull potential customers from our space. I got a remarkable price - less than $300 for all 5 of them! 

www.BulletProofwall.com

www.BulletResistantWall.com

www.BallisticWallProtection.com

www.BulletproofDrywall.com

www.BallisticInsulation.com

Most Important Update - Re-Post

6 months ago

I want to keep this pinned for the new folks...

January 18th, we received our first Letter of Intent to Purchase! ABT International, out of Texas, is working with Homeland Security to provide between 2000 and 3000 small mobile shelters for use by the Southern Border Patrol. These shelters measure 12’ x 26’ and are used as a safe place for agents to fly drones from, and bunk for the night. Each one will require about 200 gallons of Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler for an estimated total of between 400,000 and 600,000 gallons. The estimated sales price for an order that size is between $7M and $10.5M and will be spread out over the production cycle!

This is certainly not our primary market, but it will be a massive boost to the success of the Rhino Hide business and will get us in the door for other projects with Homeland Security. Plus, it will give us tremendous credibility with all future customers.

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6 months ago

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FAQs

6 months ago

Here are some answers to my most frequently asked questions:

What bulletproof rating is Rhino Hide? We have not yet formally tested Rhino Hide with an independent company to get our UL rating. We are working with Oregon Ballistic Laboratories in Salem Oregon to test the product for us. Our test plan has been developed and we will be testing 72 panels each with different thickness, blend, and ammunition. This is expensive so we are going to wait a bit until the investment funds are in place. From our own testing we are estimating the UL 752 rating to be better than UL752 - Level 8, for a 3.5” wall filled with 50% blended Rhino Hide. I will talk more about the blending options below.

What insulation value is Rhino Hide? This independent testing will also be done soon. Based on other, nearly identical materials we are expecting the R-value to be approximately 7 per inch of thickness. So a standard 3.5” wall would have an R value of about 24.

Can Rhino Hide be installed without special equipment? We will offer DIY kits so that anyone can install Rhino Hide. We will also offer free training videos on our website to make sure it’s done properly. Installing it yourself is as simple as drilling a 2” hole at the top of each wall section, inserting a weighted liner, inserting our patented funnel into the hole, mixing the Rhino Hide in a 5-gallon bucket with a paddle mixer, and then pouring the mixture into the wall.

Why do you add filler to Rhino Hide? Rhino Hide is fairly costly and to bring down the price we use a filler whenever possible. For thinner walls, or walls that must resist high powered ammunition we can install pure Rhino Hide. For thicker walls we can add more filler to the mix to reduce cost but still satisfy the bulletproof requirements.

Many schools are made from cinderblock. Isn’t that already bulletproof? Cinderblock is not bulletproof. It does very well when filled with concrete, but usually only exterior walls are filled with concrete and oftentimes not even those. Cinderblock without fill can only withstand 1 round from an AR15 before it crumbles. Our product was initially designed for interior walls as a way to turn each classroom into a shelter and protect against threats coming from the hallway. Rhino Hide can be filled into cinderblock walls, metal framed walls or even stud framed walls.

Why not just pour concrete in the wall or build the walls from concrete to begin with? Rhino Hide is about 1/5th the weight of concrete. If you pour concrete into a sheetrock wall the sheetrock will blow-out from the massive pressure. Building the walls from concrete to begin with is a good choice and would cost less but our market is focused on the 140,000 schools that already exist in the United States. Tearing down all those buildings and rebuilding them is not an option.

Can Rhino Hide be installed on second-floors? Rhino Hide is just slightly heavier than water. It is completely fine to install it on the second floor, in walls that have walls below them. In most cases it is also OK to install without supporting walls, but we recommend having an engineer buy-off on any unsupported second-floor installs.

How do you protect the internal components in a wall, from Rhino Hide? We use a special liner that is a lot like the produce bags you use at the grocery store. The liner solves many issues with Rhino Hide getting into places you don’t want it.

Can wires be added to walls after Rhino Hide has been installed? This should be avoided if at all possible. Always try to think ahead and add conduit if you expect to need to make future additions. That said, Rhino Hide can be cut with a skill saw, drilled or routered. It may be possible to router channels in the material to add wiring at a later time, but I have yet to try it. -stay tuned

What’s in it for the certified installers? Certified installers get a really good deal. First, they get a 30% discount on all Rhino Hide materials. We are planning to build a Certified Installer portal on our website. This will be a place where our installer network can go and update their info and have access to training materials and videos. This will also act as a way for Rhino Hide to provide our network with sales leads. Certified installers will also have access to purchase special installation equipment.

How much longer until you can start selling Rhino Hide? We have two main goals before we start selling. First, we need to be sure that all the patents are filed. Second, we need to have our independent certifications in place. There are some other smaller business development tasks such as building the website and moving into a building. All-in-all we expect to need another $150K and 4-6 months to be ready.

Why not just take away guns or arm teachers These are political talking points. They are not real solutions that we can all get behind. Don’t get me wrong – I have my opinions, you may even be able to guess what they are but solutions like these are only intended to split us up. I hear some very vial things on Facebook. I am accused of being an evil fear monger profiteering from tragedy. It all makes me sick. Am I a capitalist? – sure, but first and foremost, I am here to solve a problem. I don’t see this as being much different that developing seat belts, defibrillators, or bulletproof vests.

Kids rarely get shot through walls, why make them bulletproof? This product is intended to give kids and teachers a place to instantly shelter, right where they are at, while the police come in and subdue the criminal. The average shooting lasts around 12 minutes while the average response time is almost 20 minutes. A low caliber bullet can pass through 8 walls before it is stopped. Stray police bullets are just as dangerous. Newer schools can be built with concrete filled walls to add security but there are over 140,000 schools in the US that don’t have hardened walls. Our Niche is retrofitting those buildings at a cost that is much lower than remodeling.

How much will Rhino Hide cost? We are still negotiating prices, but it looks like Rhino Hide will cost between $25 and $50 per gallon depending on the blend. This makes it possible to retrofit a classroom for about $15,000 which is about half what our competitors in-class shelters cost and will shelter twice as many people. Kids don’t have to waste time moving to the shelter, they just stay in their seats.

Notice of Material Change in Offering

6 months ago

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One More Bit of Exciting News!

6 months ago

This is very early in the process, but yesterday I spoke with a company in Europe who is interested in setting up distribution for all of Europe likely based in the UK. This is very exciting! The market in the entire region is twice the size of the US market. We would likely partner with a blender in that area to "blend and send" to the Certified Installation Network.

This news, coupled with the update from last week regarding the Letter of Intent to Purchase over 400,000 gallons ($7M), has made this week a very good one!  

The Most Important Update to Date!

6 months ago

Yesterday, we received our first Letter of Intent to Purchase! ABT International, out of Texas, is working with Homeland Security to provide between 2000 and 3000 small mobile shelters for use by the Southern Border Patrol. These shelters measure 12’ x 26’ and are used as a safe place for agents to fly drones from, and bunk for the night. Each one will require about 200 gallons of Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler for an estimated total of between 400,000 and 600,000 gallons. The estimated sales price for an order that size is between $7M and $10.5M and will be spread out over the production cycle!

This is certainly not our primary market, but it will be a massive boost to the success of the Rhino Hide business and will get us in the door for other projects with Homeland Security. Plus, it will give us tremendous credibility with all future customers.

Social Security Number

6 months ago

Hi Everyone, 

This is just a quick note to let you know that you should have received an email with three ways you can provide your Social Security Number. This is a secure tool and is totally legit. 

  1. Click here to enter your info in the secure online form.
  2. Click here to download a W-9 form and email it to: jason@rhino-hide.com
  3. Click here to download the W-9 form and send it to my snail mail address...

 Rhino Hide

273 Birch Banks

Sagle, Idaho 83860


Please understand; without this info I cannot give you the K-1 that will give you the tax write-off. I also will not be able to pay dividends in the future, when the company becomes profitable or sells.

Thanks

Money in Education

6 months ago

Before I start, I want to give credit to Scott Tobia for this update. He is the one who pointed out that there may be some concern among investors about the market. So Scott – thanks and please contact me if you can. My LinkedIn info can be found in the “Team” section.

There is a misconception in the US that Education runs on minuscule budgets and, that investment in this area may not be the best choice. The fact is, that even though teachers typically do get low pay, for reasons I won’t get into here, there is far more money in this market than people realize.

School budgets come from 3 main areas. According to the National Center for Education (NCES) the breakdown of contributions follows this national average:

  • Local government contributes 44.8%
  • State government contributes 45.1%
  • Federal government contributes only 10.1%

You can see above that the federal budget is only about 10% of the overall budget. That is telling, because as you all have seen in the following chart, money for Safety and Improvements from the Federal government is $8.7 Billion. 

This implies that the overall budget for just Safety and Improvements from all three, State, Local, and Federal, is around $87 Billion. That is an average of over $620,000 for each of the 140,000 schools in the US, PER YEAR! Moreover, at least 25% of that is only to be used for security upgrades.

For Rhino Hide the market is even larger than what I have listed above. Many schools are also utilized as community storm shelters for hurricanes and tornadoes. This is a huge point because as a community storm shelter a school has access to a lot more money for hardening the structure. Funds can come from sources such as FEMA grants and local bonds. Rhino Hide does a great job improving structures and making them impervious to any kind of projectile, be it from a rifle or severe weather.

One great example is Healdton Public Schools, in Healdton, Oklahoma. The school district there installed a total of 7 bulletproof structures made by a company called Shelter-in-Place. This is a competitive product that is erected in one corner of each classroom, taking up a portion of the class. Each shelter holds up to 35 students. The total cost of the project was $400,000, an average cost of $57,000 per classroom. Rhino Hide could have been installed in the same building for less than half the cost and could protect 3 times as many people.

Overdue Update

7 months ago

With the holidays and my 21st anniversary, I have been a bit remiss regarding updates lately. Rest assured we are still making good progress.

Now that the chemical design is complete, I have had some trouble getting one of the larger manufacturers to take a small order for testing. I need to verify the chemistry is 100% correct, by live fire testing, before I finalize the patent details, safety data sheets, and labeling. The big companies want huge minimum orders. After a lot of searching I found a company in Montana that is a perfect fit. They have the right attitude… they are happy to take small orders now with the hope of winning the huge orders later, plus they are willing to have me come to their factory, which is only a 3-hour drive, to take pictures of the process, so I can show all the investors what we’re up to. The buckets you see in the picture above are currently empty and just getting ready for the first batch. The labels may change a bit as we are still adjusting some small details. Don’t look too close – I put them on myself and clearly, I need some practice.

I received pricing back on the patent effort and had some serious sticker shock. They are estimating $45,000 to get them all filed – OUCH! It will be worth every penny. Just having the patents filed will increase the value of the company significantly. This price includes patent efforts for all the chemical blends, installation process, the pumping equipment, as well as the DIY system.

I expect to kick off the first production run next week depending on the availability of the chemicals. 

Stay tuned - 2019 is going to be a very good year!

Notice of Funds Disbursement

7 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

The Coins are Sent!

7 months ago

Just so everyone knows,.. Each of you got one coin for each investment you made, so don't be surprised if you get more than one. I did this in case you invested as a gift or on behalf of someone else.

Click here for a short video of me stuffing envelopes this morning... Here


This Just In!

7 months ago

Look what just arrived. The labels are ready to print... Just waiting on the padded envelopes to arrive. I hope to ship them tomorrow or Thursday!


Short and Quick

7 months ago

This is just a very quick update to let everyone know 3 things:

  1. The Challenge Coins shipped from the Factory today. They will arrive on the 20th which is cutting it close for me to get them to you by Christmas but it looks doable.
  2. The Shirt Proof was also shipped and should arrive any day. It will not be ready by Christmas but from the photo, they look really nice!
  3. Regarding the project progress... I was able to meet with my patent attorneys earlier this week. They had terrific news. There are several palatable features to our Rhino Hide system. Some regarding chemistry, some regarding, installation, and some regarding equipment. This is great news because every patent adds value to our (yours and my) company!

Keep Rhino Hide in mind for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. It's a great learning experience for kids and a terrific opportunity for adults!

Marry Christmas and happy New Year!

Important Note Regarding Your Perks

8 months ago

Hi Everyone,

You just received a notice from StartEngine regarding a disbursement I requested. This is an important one... I only receive contact info for the folks who have invested, so even if you went through the investment process, if you haven't yet been charged by StartEngine , I wont be able to send you your Challenge Coin before Christmas. 

Its going to be tight to get them to you, as it is, so please make sure you have paid, before this disbursement is complete, in about 10 days, and it will help me to be sure to get everything in the mail on time.

We will also end up going through this one more time in January as well... for end-of year tax time, so I will be able to send everyone their K-1s

Thanks!

Jason

Notice of Funds Disbursement

8 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

It Never Fails

8 months ago

A typo in the first line of my last update. "our or are" I'm really not an idiot. I proofed it about 5 times and still missed it - so sorry

Bobbing and Weaving

8 months ago

Two days ago, we achieved our most important goal yet – Our chemistry formulation is complete! I could bore you with the details of the contents such as the percentages of benzenedimethanol and Methylene bis(phenylisocyanate) but that… is a secret, so instead let me tell you a story about how we got to this point. Hint, there’s a moral to the story:

Not long after I realized that the Rhino Hide StartEngine campaign was going to be a success I engaged with a chemist from a company called Troy Polymer. He was very excited about the project and told us about all the benefits he would bring to the table, explaining that he knew what it was like to be a new start-up and his company could “partner” with us to provide affordable chemical development. He went on and on about how he had already done similar products and it should be a slam dunk, and then went further to say that he thought there was a separate market for the pumping equipment, as well, and he could help make those connections. He continued to explain that his company could even do the manufacturing and the product would only cost about $25 per gallon.

I was completely Jazzed. I had unwittingly found the perfect chemist without even setting up a single interview. Over the next several weeks I tried to get him to commit to a project quote. I had a hard time contacting him, but I chalked it up to his business being busy and didn’t give it much thought.

After a couple months, though – I started realizing that it was more than that… He was a bit of a flake and just wasn’t following through. Finally, I got him on the phone and explained that the long delay was starting to hurt my schedule. He once again turned on the charm and convinced me he was a perfect fit. At this point I forced him to commit to some sort of explanation of costs, so I could start planning ahead.

This is where it went sideways… He committed to do all the development for $50,000 (ouch), as long as he could do the manufacturing once we start sales. That didn’t seem too bad to me, but I asked him what happens if we outgrow his production capabilities, which I expect to be likely? His answer was “well, then you could buy, or license the rights from Troy Polymer”…  w-w-wait-what-what-was-that-again? There was the red flag! His plan was to retain ownership of the Intellectual Property (IP). I told him that was not going to work – if I pay him to develop the chemistry, Rhino Hide should own the IP. According to him, this is a common method to do this sort of development. I explained that Rhino Hide had to own the IP since we were taking on investors and these assets help reduce the risk for them. So, I asked how much it would cost for him to develop IP that Rhino Hide would own. His answer: $200,000 and that, my friends, was the last time I spoke to him.

Within 2 days I posted a project description on upwork.com. I’m usually not the guy to go around connecting but if you ever have projects but don’t want to hire a bunch of people, upwork.com is worth a look. Two days after I posted the project description I had about ten applicants.

This time, I put the time in to properly vet the interested applicants. I found a great chemist named Richard Hammit. Within 2 weeks, and at a cost of about $2000 total, the chemical development is done, and the IP is 100% owned by Rhino Hide LLC! Catastrophe averted! And the best part is; the production cost will be closer to $10 per gallon, not $25!

The moral to the story – when starting a new business, a CEO has got to be willing to bob to avoid countless problems, and weave just to get back on track again. This should be in the job description.

       

Super Important Note – Please Take a Minute…

8 months ago

As you probably noticed we increased our maximum goal to $1.07M today. To do this we had to complete a full Independent GAAP Compliant CPA Review. We also reworked our entire campaign with the following:

  • Several updates to our recent progress
  • New goals for the second phase of the campaign
  • Access to financial projections
  • Many new images
  • All new content

If you haven’t seen it yet is really is worth a look! www.startengine.com/rhino-hide

If you invested after we reached our initial goal of $107K, you should have received an email from StartEngine, earlier today, to confirm that you still want to invest. It is very important that you do this right away - Everybody that invests before the end of the day tomorrow (11/27/2018) will receive one of the Challenge Coins as soon as we determine exactly who qualifies, so we can make the order. If you don’t confirm before the end of the day, tomorrow, you won’t receive it until we close this next phase of funding. This is also the case for the shirts. For the next phase of the campaign folks will need to invest $2000 to get one of the shirts but if you get your $1000 investment in before the end of the day, tomorrow, you can get one of the shirts for half the investment.

If you haven’t invested yet, this is the perfect time! Everyone who invests gets a Challenge Coin, and if you do it before the end of the day, tomorrow, you will receive the coin before Christmas. This is super cool because you could actually give the investment as a gift and wrap the Challenge Coin to put under the tree… if you make 2 investments you get 2 Challenge Coins… 3 investments 3 Challenge Coins, and so on. This is really a great gift if you want to get young folks excited about investing!

Very exciting things are happening! Stay tuned for more updates soon.

       

Notice of Material Change in Offering

8 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Rhino Hide offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Issuer is also extending the end date of their campaign by 60 days.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Notice of Material Change in Offering

8 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Rhino Hide offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Issuer is increasing the maximum funding goal to $1.07M and has updated its financial information.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

8 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

It's All Coming Together!

8 months ago

Some days just come together perfectly. Yesterday was one of those days. In the effort of starting this new company I have a lot of balls in the air. My overarching goal is to prepare for sales so everything I am doing right now is with that in mind. Last week we reached our maximum goal of $107,000. As you know these SEED funds are intended to accomplish three things:

1.) Finalize the chemistry for our product – This is important because it puts us in a position to file several patents regarding different aspects of the development work we have been doing. It also allows us to begin the necessary process required for certifying new building materials for use in construction.

Yesterday we received word from our chemist that he has determined the final formulation and will provide the “recipe” for bulk production very soon. This doesn’t mean we are done but it does mean we can start to move forward with patenting and certifications.

2.) Complete the design for the computer controlled mixing station – This pumping system will be used by our certified installers for large installations. A couple weeks back I had prototypes of the mixing wand and the controller PCB made but discovered a mistake on one of the parts. I was forced to redesign the part. Last week I received the new prototype parts but have been overwhelmed with the campaign, so I haven’t had a chance to test it. 

Yesterday I was able to assemble the wand and test the PCB function. To me this was a big milestone and it worked perfectly. The prototype pumping system is not complete. There is a lot of work yet to do but this was a big step forward.

3.) Recruit 100 companies to become certified installers in the first year – Our certified installers are the key to getting product installed all over the United States and providing top notch customer service.

Yesterday we went over 100. We still need to vet the list of installers. It is important they meet certain requirements that we are developing now. Once we are nearly ready to begin sales, we will work directly with them to integrate their services.

With the above traction in mind, we have decided we are ready to extend our fundraising goals up to a maximum of $1.07M. The increased investment will be dedicated to all new list of goals:

  • File patents on all newly discovered and novel product features.
  • Perform required product certifications for construction use.
  • Prepare a web portal for use by customers and Installers with special training content
  • Set up small distribution center in Sandpoint Idaho.
  • Begin marketing to end customers
  • Bring in wall filler inventory for sales into DIY market
  • Build up inventory of installation equipment for certified installers
  • BEGIN SALES!!

We expect to have all the paperwork for the StartEngine Amendment to increase our funding goals ready within about the next week or so. The big parts are the GAAP Compliant CPA Review, which will be done Thursday, and the Attorney buy-off of the SEC filing which is ready and waiting. This will allow those of you who oversubscribed, after we met our goal, to receive your equity.

This is really starting to get fun… The next few months should prove to be exciting!

      

Thank You All!

9 months ago

Rhino Hide  has exceeded its maximum funding goal of $107,000 and is now oversubscribed.

What does this mean for the campaign?

Potential investors can still commit indications of interest by investing as before. A portion of the previous commitments will fail or never reach escrow, so those of you who invest after the goal is reached will receive equity in the order your investment was made until the total reaches the $107,000 mark.

How are these commitments different than before?

Anyone who attempts to invest will not actually be submitting an investment, but will be marked as an "indication of interest" and put on a wait-list. StartEngine will reach out to all not-cleared investments with the hope to clear them or open up space for the wait-list. Once space becomes available, StartEngine selects the appropriate "indication of interest" commitment and notifies them to confirm their investment to take the spot and make it binding.

Thank you all so much for making this venture come to life. Stay tuned as i will continue to post updates as frequently as possible.

Jason Giddings - CEO - Rhino Hide

Bonus Challenge-Coin to All Investors

9 months ago

That's right! Every single investor will receive one of these high-quality, all-metal, 1.75", Challenge-Coins, if we reach our maximum goal of $107,000 within the next 3 weeks. This morning we hit $101,750, so it's looking like we have a pretty good chance. If you haven't invested, now is the time, and be sure to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE


       


Don't Miss Out!

9 months ago

Yesterday, I spoke about Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler at the annual Idaho Economic Summit and it was a massive success! I showed off our prototype parts and discussed our progress so far. By this morning the campaign had raised nearly $7,000 more. Plus, I have several folks interested in putting in larger amounts over the next few days and weeks. It looks to me like we may reach our maximum goal quite early.

We only have a few weeks until the deadline. Be sure to get your investments in as early as you can so you don’t miss out!

Click on the link below to view the presentation…

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tzac5vqkfnsiww5/Rhino%20Hide%20One-Page%20Summary.docx?dl=0

...And, as always please share the campaign again and again. - Every share helps!



4 Phases of Marketing to Make Rhino Hide Successful

9 months ago

Starting a new business in a lean way is the key, and it’s not an easy task with a company that has as much short-term growth potential as Rhino Hide. Our market consists of several very large verticals, each of which has complicated sales cycles and various other barriers to entry. As an example; offering the bulletproof wall filler for use in schools can require a sales cycle of as much as two years or more because school budgets oftentimes require a bond to be passed within the community. Considering these sorts of challenges, we have developed a strategy that will allow our new company to realize its full potential within just a few years, but still start in a very lean way…

Phase 1: Direct to Private Consumers

We will start gradually, by selling our product directly to the 68 million folks in the US that consider themselves preppers. These are folks who are interested in preparing in advance for natural or other disasters. Personal safe rooms and storm shelters have become big business in the US. By advertising “Do it Yourself” (DIY) Kits into Facebook and other social media we can sell directly to this group using our website to take orders and fulfill Rhino Hide bulletproof wall filler from our headquarters in Sandpoint Idaho. Advantages to selling directly to private consumers include:

  • Short sales cycle – private consumers can choose to purchase product almost immediately.
  • Limited certifications required – government projects will require more sophisticated certifications.
  • No installation equipment or certified installers required – DIY installers can install Rhino Hide with standard tools.
  • Smaller more manageable orders to fulfill as the company develops internal processes.
  • Higher margins – by selling direct we avoid the middle-man and charge full price for the product.

Phase 2: Certified Installer Network

This is really the marketing meat and potatoes of the Rhino Hide sales strategy. Certified Installers are specially vetted companies, all over the US, capable of high-quality installations and customer service. They will have access to specialized installation equipment, capable of extremely large installation projects such as:

  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Community Storm Shelters
  • Hotels
  • Data Centers
  • Theaters
  • Businesses

We have already started to build our Certified Installer Network and plan to start selling equipment and wall filler product to them within 4-6 months after sales start. We have signed up nearly 100 companies already and expect to sign up at least 300-400 across the US over the next couple years. These companies will help us provide excellent customer service and sales to each of their already existing customer bases. We will also advertise specifically to their areas and provide each one a portal on our website to funnel customer traffic directly to them. This will be our largest sales channel and will result in very rapid growth which can be controlled to some degree by the number of Certified Installers we bring on, and the amount of advertising we push out. The benefits of developing a Certified Installer Network include:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Equipment sales of $3M in the first 2 years of operation
  • Wall filler product sales of more than $5M in the first 2 years of operation
  • Very rapid growth trajectory
  • Each business becomes a motivated part of our sales force
  • Each Certified Installer is vetted, insured and thoroughly trained to do quality business in their location

Phase 3: Retail Distribution

By the end of year 2 we expect to be ready to consider taking on sales into stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware. It is tough to sell into this market. Margins are slim, using their EDI systems requires a lot of extra effort, and insuring that they stick to their Minimum Asking Prices (MAP) is like herding cats, but the volume of sales can be remarkable. We may decide that this is not in line with our goals but for now all options are on the table.

Phase 4: International Distribution

By the end of year three we would like to start offering our product overseas. The product is not well suited for export. It is heavy and requires large volumes for most projects. We may be able to manufacture it in large quantities and ship it in large tanks by ocean freight, to a distribution centers that then repackages it into smaller containers, but this is still a very costly method of distribution. The most likely scenario is that we will license the branding and formulation to companies all over the world.

We are within $20K of our maximum goal and have one month to go. It is going to be a close call. $100 from each follower who hasn’t invested yet will push us over the top!

Please take a moment to share Rhino Hide with everyone you know by clicking on one of the buttons below.

           

Notice of Funds Disbursement

9 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Reason #6 of "Top 5 Reasons" Below...

9 months ago

Here's another great reason to invest in Rhino Hide: Crowditz.com reports that Rhino Hide is a "momentum leader" and in the top 5% of crowdfunding projects! The report goes on to say that the Rhino Hide project is "very likely" to reach the maximum funding goal!

In the graphic above, supplied by Crowditz.com, you can see that Rhino Hide has raised an average of $912 per day and only needs to raise an average of $628 per day to reach the maximum goal.

This is encouraging, without a doubt but; To get over the hump we need your help. If you haven't invested, please consider investing now. If you have invested take just a moment and share the Rhino Hide campaign, simply by clicking on one of the three links below. If each of the 542 Rhino Hide followers shared Rhino Hide with all their connections it would be a massive boost! 

Thanks in advance!


Top 5 Reasons to Invest -or- INVEST AGAIN

9 months ago

5. Christmas is Coming – If you’re anything like me, you probably have some people on your list that have everything. Getting young people, a stake in Rhino Hide is a way to get them interested in investing, which can have a huge positive impact on the rest of their lives.

4. Extremely High Return Potential – Rhino Hide has started recruiting companies to be certified installers. By the end of the campaign we expect to have at least 100. Within 2 years we expect to have 300-400. If each installer only performed an average of 4 installs per year, Rhino Hide would have gross sales of over $300M per year. Our plan is to find an acquisition partner by year five. You would get dividends on profits until then and when the company sells you could see a 100X return. That means $100 could become $10,000 or $1000 could become $100,000.

3. Missed Opportunity – It is becoming very likely that we will reach our goal early. We just turned on some new marketing, plus StartEngine tells me that there is typically a significant increase in investments towards the end. Don’t miss your opportunity!

2. Low Risk – Every day that we get closer to our $107K goal we are making progress in the development of the Rhino Hide business. While all investments have risk, especially early ventures like this one, day-by-day we are taking steps to insure success. Since the beginning of the fundraising we have accomplished the following:

  • Raised over $79,000 so far in our StartEngine seed round.
  • Thoroughly tested several blends of Rhino Hide to perfect the chemistry. Testing has been very successful. Currently adding features such as fire resistance, soundproofing, and insinuative qualities.
  • In-depth patent searches have been done. A provisional patent has been filed. Opportunities for several other patents have been discovered which will be pursued as soon as possible.
  • Designed the computer-controlled pumping and mixing equipment used for larger installations, by our certified installers. Prototype should be complete in about a week.
  • Developed simplified DIY installer procedure using hand mixing for smaller amounts using standard tools. This opens a whole market for folks who want to install this in their personal storm shelters.
  • We have recruited about 85 companies for our Certified Installer program.

Each one of these accomplishments helps take some of the risk out. Once we meet our “3 BIG GOALS”; 1.) Production ready computer mixing equipment, 2.) Production ready Chemical formulation, 3.) 100 certified installers, we will be reevaluating the company valuation. The next phase of investment will be more expensive.

1. Invest in Something that Matters - Schools safety is a massive rising market with tremendous potential, but most importantly, I believe we can make a meaningful contribution to end the school shooting epidemic now. Those of us who have the experience and the drive to develop products and businesses can use our skills to do good! This is our superpower!

Sobering Look at a Typical Active Shooter Drill

9 months ago

This video will blow you away!


Kick'n Butt

10 months ago

Rhino Hide has been making better-than-expected progress in our StartEngine Campaign. This has allowed us to withdraw some of our funds and use them to start meeting our goals!

Over the last few months we have been able to accomplish the following:

1.) We designed our computer controlled metered mixing equipment. This will be used by our certified installers to do large scale installations that are too big to do by hand mixing and pouring. We have also began prototyping the equipment. Over the next few weeks I’ll post more images of the process.

2.) We also began work with an R&D chemical developer. As you have seen in the video, our product works great, but we want to improve some of the features. The chemists we are working with can perfect and certify Rhino Hide for fire resistance, sound proofing, and insulating qualities. They’re also helping us reduce the production cost significantly.

3.) Finally and most importantly... Not long ago we started informally collecting business contacts who are interested in becoming Certified Rhino Hide Installers. This effort has been going very well and now we’re ready to make it official! We hope to recruit between 100 and 400 companies, all over the United States, who are interested in expanding their operations to include Rhino Hide installation.  This is the key to making the Rhino Hide business explode. By partnering with other companies across the US, we will benefit from their knowledge of each local market, and each installer will be benefited with a whole new customer base with little or no competition.

If you are interested in becoming a Rhino Hide Certified Installer please go to: www.rhino-hide.com/certified_installers

I have one simple request that will only take a few minutes - Please help us to spread the word! This is so important to our cause and really helps a lot for such a little effort. Simply use the link www.startengine.com/rhino-hide Share it on Facebook or just send it to your friends.

Projections!

10 months ago

Would you like to get an insiders view of Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler's conservative financial estimates for the first year? Click HERE



Notice of Funds Disbursement

10 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

On the fence? See the Link Below!

11 months ago

We had an Investor visit us for the last two days from Colorado. Please click the link below to see the presentation our team gave...


Presentation Link

Notice of Funds Disbursement

11 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Metered Mixer

11 months ago

It's been a while since my last update. I spent a week in Hell's Canyon for my brother's wedding. I am back to work and making progress on the metered mixer design for the certified installers. Take a look...

Press Release - Sorry Wrong Link

11 months ago

Sorry folks. StartEngine just notified me that the previous update link was wrong. Please try this one...

http://rhino-hide.com/press-release/

First Rhino Hide Press Release!

11 months ago

This is our first ever Rhino Hide national press release. Please pass it around and do what you can to get the word out. Thanks!

https://rhino-hide.com/press-release/

Notice of Funds Disbursement

12 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Rhino Hide has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Rhino Hide be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Message from Debbie - This is my motivation!

12 months ago

With her permission...

"Good morning Jason, I just came across a news piece that a friend of mine on Facebook shared ... it's one that a local news channel here in Boise did on you and your Rhino Hide. I was so excited to see it I jumped out of bed to write you!  I need this product, like... yesterday. It's for personal use. 

My daughter and her husband’s house in the Boise area was shot up by gang members on Memorial Day weekend. The gang members were targeting a house across the street from theirs. They stood in my daughters’ backyard, just on the other side of their fence and shot 20 rounds through her yard across the street into the neighbor’s house. 

Thankfully no one was hurt but the gunfire happened just outside my daughter’s bedroom window where her husband and their new baby were sleeping. One of the bullets hit their house inches from where their heads were. 

This terrifying experience has caused my daughter to have PTSD. She has not been able to sleep in their room since. They spent the first 3-4 weeks sleeping at various family members’ homes. Now they are back in their home sleeping in the living room. They need their master bedroom walls to be bulletproof just in case this happens again... and to give her a sense of security. 

They own the house and are unable to afford to move. How can we get some of your Rhino Hide? I hope it's not too expensive. These kids have already installed security lights and cameras outside, bought a dog, petitioned the city to turn on street lights behind their house in the vacant construction zone, and spent hours working with investigators to get the guys who did it. The guys left the state and are on the loose... and the guys they were trying to shoot still live across the street! 

Can Rhino Hide be pumped into the walls of a house? There is no plumbing in the 2 walls we need it pumped into, but there is electrical. We need this asap. Thank you so much!"

If you look closely you can see the bullet holes in the images below...

More Traction AND our First Disbursement!!

12 months ago

I just had some wonderful news! You may have seen below that our first disbursement has been approved. Now it's just a matter of waiting another 10 days or so for the funds to transfer. Thank all of you so much for the momentum so far! This will change everything. With a portion of this first tranche, I will be turning on some major marketing to get the word out. Up until now It has only been word of mouth and organic StartEngine traffic. 

There are a couple other exciting developments. This morning I was contacted by a columnist from TownHall. TownHall is a massive and trusted online news provider. They are planning on doing a Rhino-Hide story over the next few days. I am also meeting with a reporter from KREM 2 News on Monday who will be doing a TV interview with me. I will post these as soon as they are go live. 

Finally - I don't have any pictures relative to the above update so instead, here is a screenshot of one of the pump designs I am working on  that will be used by certified installers to automatically measure and mix the two-part Rhino-Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler chemicals. Two of these assemblies will be placed on a special cart with some computer controllers. This equipment is not required for installation but it will make it much easier for large projects.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

12 months ago

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Go Big or Go Home

about 1 year ago

Over the last week I have spent a good portion of my time researching chemical compounding companies. My strategy is to partner with a company that is already set up to manufacture the two-part chemicals that makes up Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler. This will save time and money in our effort to get to market as lean and quickly as possible. The product will also be dropped shipped directly to the certified installers. This “Just-in-Time” technique solves the shelf-life issue and further reduces our operating costs, since we won’t need massive warehousing and distribution centers.

A company called Seatex is at the top of my list. Seatex an industry leader providing turn-key liquid and dry solids compounding, toll manufacturing and private label packaging services for the chemical industry. It occupies a combined 510,000 square feet on 58 acres at its two locations. Seatex is a partner and Charter Member of ChemBlend International (CBI), an alliance of five chemical manufacturers with strategically located staging points across the US.

Color Options

about 1 year ago

Based on feedback, I have decided to offer a few colors for the first level perk. Currently there are only men in that perk group. I will work on a women's version of shirt as well.

Building Traction

about 1 year ago

Last week was very exciting for Rhino Hide on a few fronts! 

  • I met with a company that is building a super high security server facility and is interested in using Rhino Hide in their 2 acre campus. This high tech compound uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to secure their data, and are constructing some of the the finest hardened buildings and security walls around.
  • I met with a school principal who is expanding his school and would like to install Rhino Hide in the new construction.
  • I spoke with a company who will likely become our first certified installer, located in Georgia. His company specializes in security doors and he wants to expand to be able to provide complete security systems to schools, homes and other buildings in his region. We are planning a trip for him to come to Idaho and work with us on a local installation so that he'll have all the knowledge he needs to do his own installations. 
  • Today I will be meeting with the folks at StartEngine to kick off their marketing program. Their experience in providing marketing that gets the word out to potential investors should prove to really get this campaign fired up, after a tremendous start!

Shirt Concept

about 1 year ago

Those of you who have invested $1000 or more are getting a shirt once the campaign ends. Here's the first concept. Let me know if you like it or hate it and why... I'll make changes as we go. The shirt is 100% polyester and printed with a sublimation printer so the fabric will still breath very nicely.

Certified Installers for Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler

about 1 year ago

I have had some interest from companies that would like to become Certified Rhino Hide Installers. This could be a very good business opportunity for a company that is looking for some kind of advantage in their local areas. If you have an interest in becoming a certified installer, or know someone who is, please go to our website sign-up page at http://rhino-hide.com/certified_installers/

Great Progress for a Single Day

about 1 year ago

$16,730 in the first 24 hours! Rhino Hide is on it's way, thanks to all of you!

Rhino Hide Meets the Minimum Goal in Just Over 16 Hours!

about 1 year ago

Thanks to all of you, as of 5am, here in Idaho, Rhino Hide Bulletproof Wall Filler has met the minimum goal of $10,000. This is truly a fantastic start. My personal goal was to reach this level within the first 3 weeks, which would allow for some advertising in an effort to reach the $100K mark before 90 days. At This point it looks like I have underestimated the power of equity crowdfunding. Thank you all and please take a minute to spread the link to all your friends - together we can end school shootings! www.startengine.com/rhino-hide

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