Update #3: The Context
Thanks for your explosive support, we have reached our goal with 15 days left. There is also no sign of slowing down, pass this on to your friends:
I have been asked several times now regarding the greater context of the GVCS, in terms of the resources required to complete the 50 GVCS tools. I am now a Senior TED Fellow, and combined with my present application for the Shuttleworth Fellowship, I aim to propel this project to completion on schedule by year-end 2012. That is, with support of many caring people like yourselves, who continue to pour their energy into the project through all of its trials.
The plan is outlined for the first quarter of 2012 here:
In a nutshell, $540k in my hands by January 1, 2012 starts a parallel development process of 13 further prototypes for beta product release by April 1, 2012. The rest follows at a similar pace on a quarterly basis.
With the releases of the first quarter, we will be in an improved position for bootstrap earnings via production at Factor e Farm, and we will be well-positioned for further resources coming into the project, without us having to solicit for them, as is truly beginning to happen now. For example, there are are 3 individuals who offered 5 figure donations as a result of this Kickstarter.
The total price for the base kernel of 50 prototypes is $2M by year-end 2012, not including documentation, not including the development of a fully-featured, open source CAD/CAM package. The former is another $2M to do correctly, and the latter is $800k to hire 12 full time programmers - to deliver these also by year-end 2012.
That's a brief overview, and I will be posting a construction update video today or tomorrow.
Thanks for your support, and today we aim to press 10,000 bricks. Gotta run.
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