[Company] Happy New Year 2010

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 15:00:38 EST 2010

Pure curiosity:
How is Qi Hardware financed? That's always been a puzzle to me. ;)

Or is this [entirely] a volunteer project?

Ron K. Jeffries

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 06:29, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at sharism.cc> wrote:
> Happy New Year 2010!
> Phew we made it into the next year and are still around! I want to thank
> the many people that have helped push our project forward last year, from
> technical people to documentation people to those that are following with
> good feedback.
> Thanks to all of you!
> I learnt a lot from you and I think in fact many people have learnt from
> each other in our little group...
> Where are we now?
> We have about 30 device samples with people, we have a somewhat usable
> software image, 69 content pages in the wiki (in 3 languages with varying
> depth and quality), 118 subscribers on this list.
> We have _somewhat_ formulated our long-term goals as a project, although I
> think it's not entirely clear yet and hopefully we can sort this out soon
> and then leave it unchanged until the goals are reached...
> We have made some progress in understanding neighboring projects such as
> Arduino and Milkymist/FPGAs, and we have done some good groundwork on
> the hardware side to prepare for future production runs and devices.
> Where do we want to go?
> Mostly: towards money!
> First we need to focus on finishing the Ben NanoNote so it creates real
> value for users. Then we need to tell our story, and create ways for our
> distributors to make money.
> We need that same money on the production side for new PCBs, components,
> production runs, shipping costs, etc. Hardware is expensive, and a copyleft
> hardware project like ours first and foremost needs to answer the question
> "is it sustainable?" every day...
> So I hope everybody understands there will be no free hardware from us.
> At most we can loan stuff, but mostly it needs to be bought. We actually
> have been amazingly fortunate - almost all people in our community have
> paid for the hardware they have today, even if the prototypes were sometimes
> in half-finished state. Thank you all very much!
> How do we get there?
> I can only speak for myself and once sales are starting my focus will shift
> towards serving our customers and keeping them happy on one side, and feeding
> any surplus money (no matter how small) back to our community to keep the
> project going.
> Of course I will also still support people that contribute to the project.
> And keep learning and play with some new software and cool hacks on our
> devices.
> At the 26c3 conference in Berlin a few days ago, I got the impression
> there are quite a few others as well that we can count on in 2010, so I'd
> say let's just keep it up!
> Happy New Year, Cheers,
> Wolfgang
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