this is the kind of letter a founder would never want to write, but now I reckon this is due if not for all the loyalty and interest you showed us.
Thounds is going to change, not sure how much dramatically but it has to, our seed program (reads: cash) terminated a while ago and no good financial news came since then.
This may result in a surprise for you, I know and the first question after the wtf abrupt might as well be: “Where have you failed guys?”
On many sides, to keep it general I’d say we never worried too much to reclaim our governance and then define a sustainable revenue model.
Beyond the reasons why we came to this point now it’s important to see if we can have support and start again.
You will understand it’s far from easy to keep such a platform alive yet improved with no paid wages since June 2011, and this indicator should tell a good metric of what words like involvement and commitment mean at Thounds.
We have now finished a batch of succesful Fender and SoundCloud contests (past three extraordinary months with servers paralyzed by the increased traffic and with a community that doubled now to 30K registered users) and today we need new enthusiasts, be them developers, digital media professionals or investors.
Our assets are:
- a) We know why we missed target
- b) You know already Thounds
- c) API and Community
How can you help?
- - Donate, there is a crowdfunding campaign on Indie GoGo to help with day to day expenses. You can give as cheap as a fiver and up: http://www.indiegogo.com/savethounds.
- - Speak up, tell us how can you improve Thounds and if your idea is the best you will join us http://thounds.com/savethounds.
- - The best five ideas are being offered to all the developers gathering at the first Hackathon event at H-FARM in June.
- - Make some noise, share this message, tweet your impression, official hashtag is #savethounds.
Thanks for reading through and…
Keep on thounding!
Gian Maria Girardi
Founder and CEO
21st March 2012