Before I sat down, I was wondering how to write this very important blog post. It's not unusual for me to be working on five different drafts at the same time. But while I was pacing back and forth, I realized it doesn't really matter which one I pick, because the main point will be the same: Mana is celebrating its 5-year anniversary. 5 fabulous years!
When we started, we never imagined that in 5 years Mana would have over 100 thousand satisfied customers across the globe, 69 talented employees, 8 fabulous products, a huge production line and a ton of great friends.
We want to thank you for your faith in Mana, your fantastic energy, the thousands of emails you've sent us, the life stories you've told us, the inspiring meetings you've had with us and the million+ messages we've received through our live chat application.
Since I developed the first beta version in 2014, our R&D department has tweaked the recipe 2,689 times, the best of which is our current MARK 5 recipe. By all standards and benchmarks, it is the most advanced food in the world.
Research, development and production are the alpha and omega of Mana. Our talented team has established a unique, uncompromising and data-driven system for evaluating the quality of thousands of ingredients from all over the world. This has allowed us to develop our products at an accelerated pace, and address problems that the human mind alone is too feeble to solve. Clinical studies, laboratory analyses, state-of-the-art technology, sustainability, and faith in data and AI are crucial to Mana. This will never change.
Throughout our journey, we've served over 10 million portions of nutritionally complete food! Our packages have shipped to locations all over the Czech Republic, Europe, parts of Asia, and North and South America. There, Mana has become a part of the lives of people who want to eat quick, healthy and sustainable food.
Since I made the first version of Mana under humble conditions (to put it lightly) in my father-in-law's garage, my life and the lives of people around me have completely changed. Just like yours.
Building a successful startup comes with all kinds of problems.Our experience in trying to solve them has been both interesting and challenging, and we've met loads of amazing and strange people along the way. Every day brings something new. But I won't lie - it will sometimes take you to the brink of insanity :-) Some of you probably know what I'm talking about.
But every single day for the last 5 years we've done our best to practice love, humility and respect - both to you (our customers) and our planet. We feel a great responsibility to fulfill our potential as a company and as people, and we push ourselves as close as possible to the ideal.
On behalf of our entire team, I would like to let you know that we will never abandon this responsibility. Together, we will continue to change the world for the better until we physically can't. We are building a heritage of change, and we are happy to be doing it with you. With every sip of Mana, you take that change one step further.
And because anniversaries should be duly celebrated, we've got a surprise for you - our first limited-edition product, a single box of all our current drinks and powders. Finally!
Oh, and don't tell anyone, but the offer's only valid while supplies last :)
Thanks for sticking with us. You're the best.
Jacob Krejcik, CEO