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(Tech Crunch)   You can't really be too surprised if you fail to meet your crowdfunding goal when the target is $32 million   (techcrunch.com) divider line 15
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2013-08-22 12:57:54 PM
This was obviously doomed from the start.  Expecting a minimum of 10x the maximum any project has ever gotten is a bit crazy.
 
2013-08-22 01:11:29 PM

ikanreed: This was obviously doomed from the start.  Expecting a minimum of 10x the maximum any project has ever gotten is a bit crazy.


Or 3x per the article...but I see your point.
 
2013-08-22 01:12:46 PM
I'm not sure what's more obnoxious, Canonical's massively unrealistic expectations or the media's insistence on following the story.  Their plan was about as realistic as crowdfunding a fully functional Trek-style teleporter.  At best, they got a list of names to market to.  Hopefully, it's valuable enough to offset the fact that it also made them look like idiots with no business, market, or common sense.  And the media actually treated it as some sort of tangible thing.
 
2013-08-22 01:39:35 PM
Geeked out but still wanting a version of Ubuntu for Android for my OUYA
/yeah I got one of them, yes it's awesome
 
2013-08-22 01:39:50 PM
Sorry subby, but that isn't how it works at all. The target amount has jack to do with whether or not they're successful -- what matters is whether or not people want what they're selling.
 
2013-08-22 03:05:43 PM

MrEricSir: Sorry subby, but that isn't how it works at all. The target amount has jack to do with whether or not they're successful -- what matters is whether or not people want what they're selling.


And by proving they have $10 million worth of gross revenue waiting for such an item, they have more leverage in discussions with other phone manufacturers.

Tactical loss but strategic victory.
 
2013-08-22 03:29:01 PM
They had no shot in a way you can slice it

It isn't fully functional (making great strides and "working")
Not sure if they only had a render and an idea or an actual prototype, but neither was a real preproduction model

The render looks cool though
 
2013-08-22 04:43:08 PM
Given how bad they screwed up the Ubuntu desktop environment...I would pay them money to NOT build a phone.
 
2013-08-22 05:14:07 PM
Anything Bloomberg supports is certain to have spyware installed anyway.
 
2013-08-22 08:36:22 PM

Sandwyrm: MrEricSir: Sorry subby, but that isn't how it works at all. The target amount has jack to do with whether or not they're successful -- what matters is whether or not people want what they're selling.

And by proving they have $10 million worth of gross revenue waiting for such an item, they have more leverage in discussions with other phone manufacturers.

Tactical loss but strategic victory.


For Samsung and Apple, $10 million is a round error in their 10k.
 
2013-08-23 12:37:44 AM
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2013-08-23 12:43:59 AM

Reverend Monkeypants: /yeah I got one of them, yes it's awesome


Have you tried airplane mode yet?
 
2013-08-23 02:09:41 AM
Serious question: have there been ANY crowd funded projects that have totally lived up to expectations? I've backed a few Kickstarters that sounded good and of the ones that actually ended up delivering at best the results have been 'well that's pretty good, I guess.'
 
2013-08-23 07:59:45 AM

Sandwyrm: MrEricSir: Sorry subby, but that isn't how it works at all. The target amount has jack to do with whether or not they're successful -- what matters is whether or not people want what they're selling.

And by proving they have $10 million worth of gross revenue waiting for such an item, they have more leverage in discussions with other phone manufacturers.

Tactical loss but strategic victory.


I'm of the opinion that they didn't even expect to hit their target.  They were working on the premise that if they did reach their target, great they have the money to actually go ahead with their pipe dream, if not, they've just got a whole shed load of free advertising for Ubuntu touch (and as you say, proof that there is interest in such a device)

It's a win/win for them.
 
2013-08-23 10:35:47 AM

fluffy2097: Reverend Monkeypants: /yeah I got one of them, yes it's awesome

Have you tried airplane mode yet?


I did but luckily I have a steel roof and was able to contain it
 
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