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Old 08-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Ubuntu Edge campaign finished with $12.8M out of $32M


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So ends a crazy month. We’ve broken records, we’ve been written and talked about across the world, we’ve worn out our F5 keys, and we’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons about crowdfunding. Our bold campaign to build a visionary new device ultimately fell short, but we can take away so many positives.

We raised $12,809,906, making the Edge the world’s biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign. Let’s not lose sight of what an achievement that is. Close to 20,000 people believed in our vision enough to contribute hundreds of dollars for a phone months in advance, just to help make it happen. It wasn’t just individuals, either: Bloomberg LP gave $80,000 and several smaller businesses contributed $7,000 each. Thank you all for getting behind us.

Then there’s the Ubuntu community. Many of you gave your time as well as money, organising your own mailing lists, social media strategies and online ads, and successfully reaching out to your local media. We even saw entire sites created to gather information and help promote the Edge. We’ll be contacting our biggest referrers personally.

Most importantly, the big winner from this campaign is Ubuntu. While we passionately wanted to build the Edge to showcase Ubuntu on phones, the support and attention it received will still be a huge boost as other Ubuntu phones start to arrive in 2014. Thousands of you clearly want to own an Ubuntu phone and believe in our vision of convergence, and rest assured you won’t have much longer to wait.
The official indiegogo campaign...

--jeremy
 
Old 08-22-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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mark shuttleworth is one of the richest people in the world... why were they begging for cash anyways ?
 
Old 09-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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mark shuttleworth is one of the richest people in the world...
Not really. He's not even in the top 100 in the world according to Forbes although you will see a number of others in the computer industry there.

http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/#...r:All%20states
 
Old 09-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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mark shuttleworth is one of the richest people in the world... why were they begging for cash anyways ?
To test if there is enough demand for such a desktop replacement phone without taking any risks.
 
  


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