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Re: [tlug] kickstarter for open source...

Am 11.06.13 08:53, schrieb Curt Sampson:
On 2013-06-06 18:06 +0900 (Thu), Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

  Crowdfunding works because it's basically the same as leaving your
pennies in the UNICEF box at the cash register at 7-11.
I've funded over 20 kickstarter projects with amounts ranging from $5 to
$1000. I'm guessing that my median funding amount is about $30, though
I don't have the data to back this up. (Kickstarter doesn't provide a
summary, and I'm too lazy to go through each project and total up the
amounts I've pledged.) I'm quite certain that in the majority of cases
the amount I pledge is considerably more than what I (and I think most
people) would consider "spare change."
I also think the comparison with spare change is not quite correct. It is not donating, it is more like buying a T-Shirt, a video, some piece of software, a 3D scanner, fame, whatever.

The jury's still out, of course, and will be for quite a few years yet.
But Kickstarter and similar systems seem to work quite well for certain
segments of the software market. These are not open source segments,
however, and I'm not seeing any real indication that it would stretch to
What about diaspora? It is open source and they have been quite successful regarding the funding part.

Maybe todays crowdfunding platforms are simple enough for the main user. When googling for SourceXchange I came across this post mortem: It seems to have been much more complex.

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