1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

News Ubuntu Edge misses its crowdfunding goal

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 22 Aug 2013.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
  2. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

    Joined:
    29 May 2008
    Posts:
    3,306
    Likes Received:
    409
    I bet he's laughing all the way to the bank! I wonder how much interest he would have netted?
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    Remember it's Indiegogo that gets to keep the interest, not Shuttleworth. But to answer your question: five days' interest on $13M at 3% per annum would be $5,342.47. However, I'm willing to bet you can get considerably better interest when you've got $13 million to invest - if we go for a high-interest account in the UK, you'd get 6.25% per annum meaning $11,130.14.

    These figures are only for the five days from today to when the refunds are processed, remember: by the end of the first day, the project had raised $3.4 million - which Indiegogo has held ever since. Over 34 days (the 30 day funding period minus the first day, plus five days for the refund to be processed) that $3.4 million becomes $19,794.52 in interest at 6.25%. Plus the stuff it got on the second day, and the third, and the fourth, and the fifth...

    Quick guesstimate? I reckon you're looking at well north of $50,000 in interest.
     
    Last edited: 22 Aug 2013
  4. j_jay4

    j_jay4 Member

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    515
    Likes Received:
    14
    It's a shame Canonical can't take the $13 million of donations and invest it into their ubuntu phone projects or marketing or for leveraging hardware manufacturers. Then the Ubuntu phone, in whatever guise, would be more likely to become a reality . After all that is what the money was donated for. Not sure whether $13m is a drop in the ocean in this business but it sounds like a lot of money to me.
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    The money wasn't a 'donation' - but a pledge to purchase a product. Canonical claims that without $32 million, it can't afford to build the product - so it has to refund the money it did manage to raise.

    Fear not, though: as the article states, Shuttleworth has confirmed that Ubuntu phones, built by actual phone makers, are coming next year. And you'll actually be able to *buy* those, rather than gamble $700 on the promise that a company will do something it has never done before.
     
  6. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2008
    Posts:
    7,700
    Likes Received:
    99
    $13million is less than a drop in the ocean. Its 1/100th of Samsungs R&D budget at a estimate that they give.

    The cash never gets took until a project meets its goal so the 13mil ish was just people who would donate if it hit its 30mil it never did so the cash transactions will not go through.

    I said this project would fail when it was mensioned on here, People were all wanting it to succeed but 30mil is alot of cash in the current market for joe public to donate. They fell 27million short of target.

    Big PR stunt is all it was.
     
  7. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    Actually, if you read the article, the money has already been taken: unlike Kickstarter, Indiegogo takes your cash at the moment you pledge with the promise that it will be refunded if the goal isn't reached. (It also, interestingly, allows for pledges to be kept even if the goal isn't reached - although this is clearly communicated when you're pledging on such projects.)
     
  8. j_jay4

    j_jay4 Member

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    515
    Likes Received:
    14
    I wonder how many people did this, maybe all is not lost? (I assume you don't mean kept by indiegogo)
     
  9. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    Sorry, that was badly phrased. You can launch two types of projects on Indiegogo: funding, or all-or-nothing. A funding project asks for cash, and whatever cash you get at the end of the funding run is yours (minus Indiegogo's fees, naturally.) An all-or-nothing project asks for cash against a set goal, and you only get the cash if the goal is reached; if you miss your target, you get nothing. (The latter is how Kickstarter works.)

    Canonical launched Ubuntu Edge on Indiegogo as an all-or-nothing project. It missed its goal, so they get nothing but the sweet, sweet publicity they've enjoyed so far.
     
  10. j_jay4

    j_jay4 Member

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    515
    Likes Received:
    14
    So I think it would have been better to have done Indiegogo's flexible funding model instead, with an astronomical goal. Then they could have collected all the money.

    I guess it's like the story of the man who if you offered him a 50p coin or a £1 coin he would take the 50p. People from miles around came to see this man who was so crazy to take the lower value coin. In reality the man was very clever as he now had a pile of 50p coins. If he had ever taken the £1 coin, nobody would have made him the offer again.*

    So if canonical had done the logical thing of flexible funding, they wouldn't have got much publicity, wouldn't have got much donations, but with the crazy goal and receiving no money, everybody now knows about this ubuntu phone.

    *All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    No, because nobody would have pledged. You can't make one high-end smartphone for $700, it's impossible - but you *can* make 50,000 high-end smartphones for $32 million and sell them for $700 each. That's Canonical's argument for the sky-high goal: scale.

    Imagine if a thousand people had pledged $700 each for an Edge on a no-goal funding run. That's $700,000 that Canonical would have been able to keep - but that's not enough to build a thousand Edges. As a result, those thousand people are now $700 out of pocket and will not be receiving the smartphone they thought they were 'ordering' - not a recipe for happy customers, I can assure you.

    Canonical used the only model it could, and the cynic in me says they got exactly what they wanted out of it. Hell, Shuttleworth alone - not Canonical - is worth $500 million; if cash had been the goal, they've got plenty of access to that already.
     
  12. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2011
    Posts:
    4,044
    Likes Received:
    819
    You'll actually find that interest rates go down the more money you have. Most high interest savings accounts will only pay the top level of interest up to a certain amount (say £100k-£250k). Also the days of high interest savings account in the UK are gone. With the base rate being so low and being kept low in the long term by BoE, it's a rarity to find anything over 3%. There are a couple of accounts out there that have 6%, but they are regular savings account with a max monthly deposit of £300.

    With $13m, they'd be lucky to see 1%, and even for an entire month, that's only about $10k.
     
  13. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,188
    Likes Received:
    1,684
    Not when you've a few million to invest - you don't get offered off-the-shelf savings accounts when you hit eight figures.
     
  14. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    23 May 2002
    Posts:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    129
    Lets be honest, they were NEVER going to get the full $35 million. But to be fair they did pretty well to get as much as they did.
     
  15. mucgoo

    mucgoo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    9 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    1,602
    Likes Received:
    41
    No really you do get worse interest rates.
    The rates you see on the high street are to entice you in and cross sell other products. Even with that more than 2% isn't currently possible without ridiculous pay in this much a month and maximum amounts of a few thousand.

    The only safe place to keep several million is short term (1 month<) government debt which is currently about 0.5% a year. Any bank has credit risk. Also you might of heard of LIBOR(the rate banks lend to each other). The current 6 month rate is 0.59%.
     
  16. XXAOSICXX

    XXAOSICXX Member

    Joined:
    20 Apr 2011
    Posts:
    755
    Likes Received:
    15
    XXAOSICXX 23rd July 2013, 09:12
    "I spy vaporware...."


    And there it is!
     
  17. fluxtatic

    fluxtatic New Member

    Joined:
    25 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    507
    Likes Received:
    5
    I wouldn't congratulate myself too quickly, if I were you. As others (and the article itself) pointed out - Mark Shuttleworth is worth a buttload of money. He could start writing checks to put these into production tomorrow if he were so inclined.

    However, by this gambit, he bought himself several million dollars in publicity for free - a bunch of people fronted him a fair bit of money (the 12 million), but they're getting that back. Indiegogo gets a piece (interest on the cash being held during the campaign), but Ubuntu - Ubuntu just got themselves on the front pages of every tech-related site on the planet several times over the past few weeks, talking about they want to build phones.

    Seems a win-win to me - if Shuttleworth is serious about this, a ton of people are now aware of it. If not, the haters will hate, but they would have anyway. Best of all, hardcore nerds want this worse than Android or WP (and iOS is off the table - it's not for true nerds) - real Linux, on their phones. And that's they'll push to mom and grandma and aunt Jane and anyone else who will listen.

    Shuttleworth is thinking like a rich guy - get what you want with other people's money.
     

Share This Page