Ten things you think about, ten things that make you ponder. There are writers here on Virily that often post things that I find beyond interesting. Some of them force me out of my comfort zone and help me ponder the wonder around me. Some of them make me want to post big red letters on their post saying “Hoax: and not true. Some of them I argue with, their points interesting but not always what I see and believe. That is the wonder that is the online world. The joy of conversation. The wonder of sharing information with other people and of course, community. It is why I have stayed here on Virily; I truly love the community of writers and artists here. It feels like home.
Sometimes as you reflect you have to remember why you do things. For me today I am sitting in my office, finally feeling better thinking about doing more of the things I love. It is after a vacation. A time to recharge and consider the many things that have gone well leading to the vacation as well as the many things that could have gone differently. Based on that I would like to share a few of the not gone well issues I’ve run into over the past few years. The first and truly painful was the reality of Populate. Populate was a second screen for your phone, designed to be always on the back. You could throw notifications and GPS directions on the back screen reducing the wear and tear on your phone’s battery.
The 1.0 version of the product shipped, they were crowdfunding the 2.0 version. Sad to say the company went out of business. It was a painful realization that you can’t always guarantee what you think is awesome, is truly awesome. Some others that went the way to the dinosaurs (although scientists point out that birds are relatives of Dinosaurs, so they didn’t go all the way away) include a huge number of Indiegogo campaigns. I no longer back projects on Indiegogo unless I know the creator personally. Far too many cool devices failed there. The one that makes me the saddest is Mi World. A multi-media service designed to stream your content anywhere. I have a lot of content! Goovis actually does that for me now, but that wasn’t available then.
Crowdfunding is a risk. If you put your money in, you may lose it.