Crowdfunding and Roadmap Update

3rd December, 2014 — Aral Balkan

The first three weeks of crowdfunding have been a crazy roller-coaster ride for With one week to go, I want to give you a brief update on everything that’s happened and about our latest roadmap.

Before anything else, however, I want to thank you for the outpouring of support we’ve received so far. Here are some brief stats on our crowdfunding campaign so far:

What’s the buzz?

Here’s a brief list of events that have happened and what our tiny but dedicated team has been working on these past few weeks in addition to keeping the crowdfunding campaign going.

Our outreach and educational work is central to When we aren’t working on creating alternatives, we spend our time talking to the public, policymakers, politicians, and educators about privacy, surveillance, independent technology and human rights. Your donations will help to support these activities also. We are not a typical for-profit company but a social enterprise pursuing a social mission as part of its commercial activities.

You can find a list of upcoming events on the events page.

Updates to the roadmap

As we had not planned on the additional effort of forking Syncthing, we have re-evaluated our road map. Instead of rushing the Heartbeat and Waystone pre-alpha, we’re going to push the release date to 1st January, 2015.

A new year, a new beginning.

This will give me three extra weeks to work on Heartbeat and Waystone without the distraction of the crowdfunding campaign.

One last push

We’ve almost reached our goal of raising $100,000 to support our work on Heartbeat and Pulse in 2015. (This money will be supplemented by any income that I receive from professional speaking engagements in the new year.) With a little under $10,000 and seven days to go, please do tell your friends about our crowdfunding campaign and, if you haven’t had a chance to, please donate if you can.

Here’s to hitting our crowdfunding goal this week and to starting the new year with a new, independent alternative that lets you share the things that matter to you with the people you care about.

If you want to help us, the time is now.

Thank you.