What I Assume Will Become

Frequently Asked Questions


What can I do with a Noteboard?

One thing's for sure: you'll be not-bored! You can use it for anything for which you'd use a regular dry-erase board: writing, drafting, sketching, brainstorming, giving your kids something to do in the car, epic games of Tic Tac Toe, storyboarding, rapid prototyping, flowcharting, systems analysis... The list goes on.

As with any dry-erase board, the purpose of a Noteboard isn't to be the thing on which you write the next great American novel or make the blueprints for your next invention -- it's to help you create and resolve ideas. Noteboards let you design and revise with incredible ease, and they're much more durable and versatile than boring old paper.

Even though they weren't designed with permanence in mind, should you draw or write something on your Noteboard that you want to keep around for a while, just fold it up! Your creation stays protected.

Why not just use an iPad / computer?

Because if your iPad / computer gets sat on, drenched in Vanilla Coke, or stolen, odds are you're going to be much angrier than if the same thing happened to a five dollar piece of laminated paper. Also, your iPad probably doesn't fold up to the size of an index card like this does.

What does a Noteboard look like?

When folded up, like a stack of index cards. When unfolded, like 27 index cards laid out in nice rows (see the background image of this website).

What's the size of a Noteboard?

Unfolded, it's exactly the same size as three rows of nine regular (3" x 5") index cards, or 15" x 27". Folded, it's the size of a small stack of index cards.

What do I get when I order a Noteboard?

You get two Noteboards, folded up nicely, and two black, retractable dry-erase markers, with actual erasers on them that I mounted myself. The Noteboards and markers are packaged together with glow-in-the-dark silicone wristbands that say "Write now. Worry later."

These just look like laminated index cards.

That's exactly what they are, pretty much. The only difference is that instead of being a bunch of separate index cards, a Noteboard is made from one sheet of paper that has been cut into index card-sized segments.

Can't I just make my own?

Sure. The first one of these that I made consisted of a bunch of index cards held together with packing tape -- which erased well, but the creases in the tape were annoying. So I upgraded to adhesive contact paper -- which didn't have creases, but erased poorly. Plus, both ways cost too much and took too long.

Can I buy just one Noteboard, or

a marker or wristband without a Noteboard?

No.

What colors of marker can I get?

We have seven colors of ink: Midnight, Charcoal, Pitch, Ebony, Raven, Soot, and Coal. To keep costs down, all the different colors have the same label ("Black"), but don't be fooled.

How did you come up with these in the first place?

The idea actually came from the Marine Corps, where very junior Marines use packing tape as a laminate for just about everything. The story gets rather long and complicated, but you're welcome to ask me.

How much profit do you make on one Noteboard?

About seventy cents.

Don't you want to sell these for more?

No.

What's Ashoka?

It's an international organization that has been on the forefront of social entrepreneurism for thirty years. Ashoka identifies people with ideas to change the world, and helps them get the resources they need to do it. Think of someone who's shifted some kind of paradigm in society. Odds are they're an Ashoka Fellow. Click here to find out more.

Who's the Founder and CEO of RGFT.net?

Me.

Where's your global headquarters?

My bedroom.

Who works on your assembly line?

Me.

Where's your manufacturing and shipping plant?

My bedroom.

Who's your company janitor?

Me.

Where's your employee dormitory?

My bedroom.

What do you name a woman with one leg?

Eileen.

How do I get in touch with you?

You e-mail me, and I respond as soon as humanly possible.