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CA$ 405
pledged of CA$ 60,000pledged of CA$ 60,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 13 2018 3:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

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1. Introducing Passionfruit

Passionfruit is a social app which connects people through shared interests commonly known as passions. We want to make it easy to find people with common values and interests. Let’s drown out the noise and keep only the essential ingredients for making a genuine connection. Meet someone special, and do it organically, with the help of Passionfruit.

2. Why Passionfruit?

Passionfruit is the brainchild of creator Paul Deng who came up with the concept of his social app while volunteering at Toronto Distress Centres, where he realized that there was a need for people to make deep, genuine, and long-lasting connections. Without such connections, individuals can become isolated and may lack an adequate support network.

Existing products and services often highlight superficial qualities like status or looks, which are unreliable when depended upon as foundations for long lasting relationships. In response, Paul's vision is to create an app which helps people meet others on the same wavelength by using words and closeness. If someone near you is thinking about the same topics, the app matches you and gives you a platform to chat and break the ice. Discover what you're passionate about, reach out to others with the same passions, meet, learn, and grow together through those passions and build a strong foundation for relationships.

3. How you can help!

Under Paul Deng's leadership, Passionfruit has gathered a talented team of programmers, designers, social media experts, and others who share his passion for helping people to connect. This team has worked tirelessly for the better part of the last year and the Passionfruit app is about 70% of the way to being ready for launching on the App Store.

In just a short amount of time, the Passionfruit team has done amazing things, and we are so close to reaching our goal. But as with most labours of love, passion alone can't keep this fire going. So we need YOUR help. There are many ways you can help the Passionfruit team. The easiest and most effective way is to share this Kickstarter with your friends, family, and people who you know are looking to make real connections with others.

The minimum goal of $60,000 will be instrumental in supporting our operations for the next six months. It will fund development costs, enable cross-platform support for both Apple and Android phones, pay for servers, and other essentials which are outlined in a following section.

As we hopefully pass our first goal, we can quickly move on to our stretch goals and shoot for more features like search suggestions, conversation pointers, unique avatars, and much more.

4. Rewards

We are grateful for any support you can provide, and we want to show our appreciation through great rewards. We've come up with some awesome perks which we're sure you'll find are fun and actually useful. Please check the list of tiers to see which tier gets which items. Thanks again for the support!

5. Why Kickstarter?

A lot of people have asked us, "Why not just go to a bank or investors for help?" The truth is that banks and most investors are looking for projects which will give them immediate returns, and that's not what we're looking for. Having corporate entities means we'll eventually have to answer to someone about our vision, philosophy, or why we're building the app a certain way. This will only hinder our progress, and we would rather reach out to YOU, the people who are actually going to benefit from using Passionfruit. We want this to be a safe place for people to meet, make friends, collaborate, and maybe lead to something more. Not only that, we want you to be involved and help guide us in making Passionfruit as great as its community deserves. Your continued input will hold us accountable and make sure we're staying on the right track.

6. Where will my money go?

  • iOS development costs include developer salary and Apple Developer Subscription
  • Android development will follow using the iOS assets as a base
  • General and administrative expenses include office rent, equipment, insurance, supplies, utilities, and staff (accountant fees and help desk for issues with the app)
  • App maintenance includes server costs, such as cloud computing services and hosting
  • Kickstarter fee is estimated from the base fee of 5% and the payment processing fee of 3% plus fixed dollar amount per pledge
  • Legal fees are for drafting contracts with users (privacy policy, terms of service, etc.) and within the company (shareholders' agreement, employment contracts, etc.), as well as research (patents, intellectual property rights, etc.)

If we raise enough funding on Kickstarter, development of the Passionfruit app will be completed and it shall be deployed to app stores for iOS and Android by early September 2018.

7. Passionfruit Timeline

8. The Passionfruit Team

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is to provide a consistent, bug-free, and stable experience for users of the Passionfruit app across all platforms.

Users run many different operating system versions across a wide range of phone hardware. Our task is to migrate the experience from iOS to Android and keep it consistent, as well as keep it consistent across different versions of Android. We may simply fail to account for critical issues on some software and hardware combinations. Despite our best efforts at rigorous testing, there is always the risk of undiscovered edge cases and undetected critical bugs in our software code that affects all users. There is no guarantee that we will be able to fix these issues.

The app is hosted externally through a third party cloud server provider. Technical issues related to our provider could arise that affect the stability of the user experience. We or our provider may be hacked, rendering our services unavailable or compromised (and therefore effectively unusable) for an indefinite amount of time. Finally, there is the possibility that we have underestimated how much it will cost to keep the app running through our provider, especially if the traffic ramps up as we scale to accommodate more users. This could lead to outages in service, or even us being unable to afford keeping the app online at all. The same could happen if the price we are quoted from our provider changes and we are unable to secure a better rate anywhere else.

Awareness of our app and the level of adoption by the public is the biggest risk. This app relies heavily on network effects. The more people use and are active on the app, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone on it, and the more likely it is that people will find others to connect with in a meaningful way. If not enough people see the value in connecting with others through our app, then the user experience will be poor to nonexistent.

If we are able to successfully prove our concept, then there is always the risk that competitors could mimic us and drive users over to their platforms. Some of these competitors may already have sizeable communities within their platforms that make it more appealing to switch to them, or simply choose them over us in the first place. Even though this would mean Passionfruit fails to gain adoption, we would still consider this a success, as it would mean that our influence has led to the creation of better services that benefit you, the end user.

We assess that this last risk is very unlikely to occur, but our app may be blocked from being published. It must be approved by external parties in order to be listed for download, and this step is out of our control. In the event that there is any issue (legal, political, or otherwise) related to approval, we will do our utmost to comply appropriately and within reason in order to deliver our service, including making whatever reasonable changes are required to our product.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    It's Much Appreciated

    Home Screen for Phone, Tablet, and Laptop

    Our design team has created screen backgrounds for your computer, tablet, and phone which will make your home screen or desktop POP and show your support for Passionfruit at the same time.

    We really appreciate your support!

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $23

    Let's Take A Selfie Someday!

    T-shirt / Popsocket Combo

    Your contribution means the world to us, and we want to take a selfie with you guys someday. Here's a small gift to help you hold your phone steady when that day comes. This branded Passionfruit Popsocket is the best way to take selfies, record videos, and hold the phone steady while searching for others who share the same passions. You also get a sweet Passionfruit branded t-shirt to wear when we take that selfie.

    We appreciate your support. Thank you!

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $39

    Passionfruit Smoothie (Limited Time)

    Passionfruit Branded Smoothie Shaker Bottle + all the above rewards

    You got here first, and you know what's up!

    You're one of the very first people to believe in our vision and get behind our cause. We think that deserves a special reward, so we hope you enjoy your limited edition Passionfruit branded smoothie shaker. Contains a shaker ball to stir and mix your passionfruit blends into the perfect texture. You also get the t-shirt, Popsocket, and digital home screen background.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for getting us off the ground running. As an early adopter, you get your goodies shipped first! But hurry, this limited time early bird special ends March 30th.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $77

    Humbled by your generosity!

    Exclusive Contributor Badge added to your name and bio on the Passionfruit App + all the above rewards (except early bird)

    We can't tell you how much we appreciate your support, so we'll show it with this reward bundle. You'll receive all of the above rewards (except early bird) and a badge will appear beside your name and profile on the Passionfruit App for all time. Everyone will know you were part of making Passionfruit a reality.

    Thank you for your generous contribution - we couldn't have done it without you.

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    • Contributor Badge in-app beside your name & bio
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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $232

    A Team Leader

    Early Beta Access + all the above rewards (except early bird)

    You can help us perfect Passionfruit by the time we launch! Receive early access to our beta of Passionfruit and have a direct line to the creators for voicing anything related to the app. Share and connect with others in the beta online discussion group, and together make us notice what we're doing well and not so well.

    Thanks for showing tremendous initiative. Passionfruit can only succeed with a strong team behind us. Now you're part of it and we know you'll help us improve how we do things.

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    • Contributor Badge in-app beside your name & bio
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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $774

    Application Insider

    Live Stream Q&A with the creative staff of Passionfruit + all the above rewards (except early bird)

    Your enthusiasm and continued engagement are invaluable to our project, so why not join us for an intimate live stream with the Passionfruit creative staff? For starters, we'll have a chat on how the app came about with Paul Deng, how the team formed bit by bit, plans for the rollout of the app, and the design choices from the design team. But really, you can ask us anything you want. Feel free to put us on the spot!

    You've made an exceedingly generous contribution. As an Application Insider, we want to do more than just give you the inside scoop - we're looking forward to extending our gratitude face to face on screen!

    Includes:
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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $3,868

    Welcome to the Party

    Receive an Exclusive Invitation to our September 2018 Launch Party as a VIP + all the above rewards (except early bird)

    Yes that's right, we want you to join us for the hottest launch party of 2018! You can meet the team and rub elbows with many of the people who helped make Passionfruit a reality. As a VIP, you'll get special access, including an exclusive meet and greet with the creators prior to the launch party, as well as more goodies and surprises during the event.

    Since we'll be seeing you live, we want to thank you personally with a big hug! Not a hugger? No problem, a firm handshake or tearful heartfelt thank you are also available IN PERSON. After some cheers and insights into the future of Passionfruit, we'll join the other contributors at the best launch party of 2018.

    Includes:
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    Pledge CA$ 10,000 or more About $7,735

    Executive Producer

    Listed as an Executive Producer on our website, inside the app, and in other relevant company media / Provide Ongoing Input into the Development of Passionfruit + all the above rewards (except early bird)

    Making something like Passionfruit needs passionate people. With your contributions to our passion, we want you to be part of the team. No really, we want you to be at our meetings, sit in on key production updates, and help Passionfruit's development. We want YOU to share your passions with us! Can't make it in person? No problem! Participate in live stream development meetings before the initial launch and afterwards as we evolve and improve the app into the future.

    You've done it. You've reached the pinnacle of patronage. Words cannot capture how grateful we are for your unwavering commitment to our mission. We'd love to work alongside you and channel our combined energies into making Passionfruit the best app for meeting people.

    Includes:
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    • Provide Ongoing Input into Passionfruit Development
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