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Welcome Josh Lifton of Crowd Supply!
- Doesn’t like the term crowdfunding, refers to CS as a “product launch platform”. They do much more than funding including returns, marketing, design and storefronts. Chris came up with a name called “CollectiVenture” during the show.
- On the Launch page, you can see the stats of their campaigns, which includes a 100% success rate of delivery (if funded). There are really 4 stages of “success”
- Did you get funding?
- Did you deliver?
- Was it on time?
- Was there profit from the entire venture?
- We’ve discussed some of the funded projects on the show before:
- Bunnie’s book
- the Novena Laptop
- Snap VCC
- Not included in CS’s offerings is manufacturing. That is taken care of by the campaign and is done is all over the world.
- Sometimes the fulfillment continues past the campaign and CS takes over the project to continue to sell it (giving a cut to the original creator). This was true for the Novena and SnapVCC.
- Josh’s background was MIT media lab. He built lots of devices and saw the looming problems when Kickstarter/Indiegogo started promoting hardware.
- In addition to working on things like Puppet Labs and Storm Pulse, Josh also worked on early versions of Pix Mob, which are programmable LED audiences. He was contacted because of his work at MIT on sensor networks.
- Along with Mirabai Knight and various other collaborators, Josh works on the Open Steno project. This is to bring an open source stenography solution to the world.
- The world record for stenography is 360 wpm, need 225 wpm to pass the steno exam. You can try it online with a
- Josh created an open source piece of hardware called the Stenosaurus, which has a pre-launch page on CrowdSupply.
- There is a handheld device called a Chordite which allows for “typing” (albeit quite slow) while on the go.
Image via Portland Biz Journal
I’ve been through their “secret sauce” vetting project recently.
One of the first questions the asked was about my manufacturing plan – what was it and how much would it cost?
I can see why they’ve got 100% delivery.
ru4mj12 (@ru4mj12) says
Had never heard of the snapVcc, going to have to order that! I use an MB102 power supply, to go from usb to 3.3v, but would be nice to un-tether from the usb!
Regarding stenography, it seems the trend for the future, is better voice recognition to someday automate the manual transcribing process all-together, no? What does the steno community think of things like “Ok Google”?
Freakonomics had a great podcast on handwriting, and whether or not it should still be a schools curriculum, or at least moved to “art”. They also mention, far more efficient (shorthand) alternatives to handwriting, as well as the surprising finding that the better you get at real-time transcribing, the more your brain is turned off, and the worse you learn the information! The best approach seems to just jot down key tidbits!
Tim Ferriss also had a good podcast with duoLingo founder Luis von Ahn that also touches on the subject!
Josh Lifton says
Voice recognition will certainly displace some uses of steno, but there will always be good reasons to use steno regardless of how good voice recognition becomes. I recommend reading Mirabai’s excellent essays outlining why steno is useful: