It’s been 10 days since our awesome Kickstarter campaign is over!
During these days, I’ve spent a lot of time answering many, many people. I’m getting requests of any kind: encouragements and kind words, questions about eelo, press requests, potentiel partnerships, …
That is very exciting, and I like it a lot to have all those interactions with people from everywhere on earth 🙂
BUT we should not forget to FOCUS on the project development. We have to release a first beta of eelo mobile OS + web services in 6 months, and this is a lot of work.
So at the moment, we are trying to planify the project, setting up infrastructure, organize contributions from the community, and find the best engineers we can afford to work on eelo development.
From KickStarter to Indiegogo
Many people keep on asking if they can contribute because they couldn’t participate on time to the Kickstarter campaign. Direct donations are possible at eelo.io, and we have a few people who contribute this way, each day.
However, many people are more confortable with a clear “offering”, and there are a few eelo early phones still available. Additionally, we still have some time before the first rewards ship in next March, and we have been introduced to the Indiegogo team who offered to help us extending the campaign at their website. It seems that it’s very common practise to extend a KS campaign to indiegogo.
So we decided to go with this idea, and now eelo is back at IndieGogo! This will last for about one month, and will be very useful to bring more “fresh air” to eelo.
Last but not the least, I wanted to share a short-term plan, so everyone has an idea of what is going on at eelo… 🙂
During the next days, we will be focusing on:
- sending the Kickstarter surveys to our 1500 backers: this will be helpful to get useful details from people for certain rewards, such as t-shirt sizes, name and firstname to display…
- start to work on a new website that will be available next week. We try to have it in several languages, and it will offer first contents about privacy (facts, recommendations…), and present what the first eelo “Minimal Viable Product” will be. Maybe it will also offer a forum where eelo supporters can discuss various topics
- recruit first people… we have already several great contributors who are engaged with eelo development, but we need to add more resources. At the moment, I’m especially seeking talented Android / LineageOS developers, so please spread the word! (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you everyone for your great support, and let’s work together to release a fantastic and privacy-enabled alternative to Google and Apple!