Geary crowdfunding: What went wrong?
[Development] Posted May 3, 2013 19:48 UTC (Fri) by n8willis
At the Yorba blog, Jim Nelson has written up an examination of the recent Geary development fundraising campaign, in particular a response to the theories circulating about why the drive came up short. "First, it’s important to understand that the Geary campaign was a kind of experiment. We wanted to know if crowdfunding was a potential route for sustaining open-source development. We weren’t campaigining to create a new application; Geary exists today and has been under development for two years now. Unlike OpenShot and VLC, we weren’t porting Geary to Windows or the Mac, we wanted to improve the Linux experience. And we had no plans on using the raised money as capital to later sell a product or service, which is the usual route for most crowdfunded projects. Our pitch was simply this: donate money so we can make Geary on Linux even better than it is today." Nelson analyzes several of the publicly debated issues, such as the amount, the competition, and the fundraising platform used.
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