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Jeff AusfeldBy Jeff Ausfeld
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Jeff AusfeldBy Jeff Ausfeld
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$1,037
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 19 2018 2:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

Introducing Symscribe

Symscribe shares all content such as PowerPoint presentations to all devices regardless of make/model, and generates a complete set of text searchable notes of the entire event.  Symscribe will then upload the summary, incorporating in any private annotations, into the cloud account of each attendee.  There is not even an app to download.  Why bother with a notebook?  Listen, learn, and contribute.  We will take care of the rest.

Symscribe consists of a small portable server, two wireless routers (internal), high-end boundary microphone, and a cloud account. The technology is designed to be installed within the same room of your meeting or lecture. That is why is looks both sleek and approachable yet at the same time completely blend into the background and be nearly forgotten.

Don't let the simple nature fool you.  This is a serious piece of hardware and it's completely dedicated to the sole purpose of taking notes for an entire room simultaneously.

Calling all Social Media Mavens and Backers....

Note: While we love the attention and support, please do not spam the world on our behalf.  See the Kickstarter rules.

There has got to be a better way!
There has got to be a better way!

The Journey

Before we get into the details, let's chat about the road leading up to where are today.  It began as just an idea, however it was not like how most other ideas occur.  You see, I was pitching another invention that ultimately went nowhere to a potential client.  That meeting, much like the product, was not going well.  The product just did not have that sizzle, and felt dated, or at least soon to be dated.

It occurred to me that the client was getting pinched by competition and needed something to differentiate.  So I made up Symscribe (a very early version) on the spot and pitched that to him instead.  I had no idea how hard it would be to actually make; but it did not matter.  Why not gain live feedback on an idea from the potential client?  He LOVED it and pretty much everybody else did too since that meeting.  It's this reassuring feedback which helped me immensely get this far.

Iterations which were not meant to be:

The years of effort resulted many prototypes, presentations, and business plans for all sorts of audiences.  Including a few very early formulation gems.  I hope you enjoy them.  It was so much fun to go digging.

Revision 1 - 2005
Revision 1 - 2005

I cannot remember what the keyholes were for at this point, but I do remember not being able to fit even close to the amount of hardware required at the time into such a small package. 

Revision 2 - 2006
Revision 2 - 2006

Marching on and slipping into a bigger package.  This one fit all the stuff inside, but then the customers did not like it.  It reminded them of an old clunker.  Even though there are whole groups dedicated to clunkers or rusting (these are real things), nobody wanted this one on, near, or under their conference room.

Revision 3 - 2010
Revision 3 - 2010

Yes, that would be a blackberry..... and clip art!  This is like walking into your old high school years later.  I just put on some 90's hits music to feed that nostalgia.  In any case, this one overheated and crashed professionally.  But the customers liked the look!

Revision 4 - 2014
Revision 4 - 2014

This is our first departure from completely custom hardware to tinkering with some custom hardware inside a mostly off-the-shelf solution.  This one, mostly built by Intel, got us close enough to have a decent understanding of costs and risks associated with manufacturing, even a tiny little bit of custom hardware.  In addition to the assembly complexity it simply ended up being under powered and too costly to maintain.  Customers liked this one too.

Revision 5 - 2016
Revision 5 - 2016

 Finally arrived at production grade hardware.  Rock solid in general, but we also moved over to a Linux OS base.  So much better.  I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Project Description

This project has been bootstrapped and built by a team of dedicated professionals as well as myself up to this point.  Just by scrolling through the journey you can see the immense amount of work required to bring a hardware/software company to commercial release.  Every dollar needed to be stretched to over 20 for more than a decade.  As a result of that time, scrappy upbringing, and financial commitment; we have been relentless in the pursuit of perfection as well as making security one of the top priorities. Now it's time to get the word out.

The Plan

Our plan is simple: (1) Launch the beta, (2) Fix whatever, (3) Offer the commercially viable version for sale (4) do all of this before September 1st 2018 (Call it an early-ish back to school goal).

What we are asking for funding is to purchase inventory and conduct the beta test as well as fix the items we find in the code.  At 25K that equates to around 15 installs, with support, fixes as needed, rewards back to the community, and various fees related to the campaign.

There is simply is no substitute for a real live test using potential clients over a period of time without any instruction other than what is included in the box or in the various help menus. Yes, we completely understand that nobody reads any of that which basically is why we are doing the beta test. The product should be simple enough to setup and use naturally.

Stretch Goal > 100K (Everybody gets a #NoMoreNotes Sticker):

Beyond the minimum funding level and the world gets a bigger beta with more users, and more feedback.  After 50 beta installs then we can focus on the stretch goals.  Such as pushing those software prototype features in the pipeline to commercial release.  With your support, wow.  I would not have to hold anything back.  There is even a super secret hardware accessory for the stretchiest of stretches.  Prepare to be amazed.

The second and possibly more important reason we are launching this campaign is to gauge your feedback.  If you like it, then we know we have an audience.

Remember the details I have been promising?  Let's do a full video walk through.  Don't worry, it's short, shows the real software, and it's set to music.

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Thank you for your consideration.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is to get volunteers to try it out. We will overcome this by offering glorious discounts on the platform in exchange for their honest attempts at usage and their unvarnished feedback. We will need the good, the bad, and the ugly feedback.

The second challenge is as careful as we are, I doubt there will not be a bug or two we find. The assumption is given our testing that it will not be any major bugs left but whatever they are, they will need to be fixed immediately.

The third challenge is to prove market viability. If we are backed, then we know there is enough people out there that hate the current method of meetings and lectures. It seems intuitive that would be the case, which is why we built the product offering. The funny thing about intuition is eventually you have to prove it.

We invite you to offer your comments here or @Symscribe #NoMoreNotes.

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    My son will go shopping, and pick stickers. He will then choose one to put into an envelope and send you as a thank you. You might even get a drawing too (no promises).
    If you do, congrats, it will totally look like what he says it is supposed to be, and will likely be in crayon on colored paper (his preferred medium at the moment).

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    Front: "I've been scribed" (with Symscribe Logo - tastefully placed on the opposite side)

    Handle: "No, I'm not saying where."

    Bottom: "Did you just look at my bottom?"

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    Popup on our website for 1 day.

    To the winner of the single largest contribution or combination of contributions:

    It can say anything you want (G-ish rating) pictures / graphics too (keeping with the family friendly limitation). Ohh... and nothing offensive to anybody else please. Think fluffy unicorns prancing in happy fields and you will be just fine. Great ... now the winner is going to put a picture of a fluffy unicorn prancing in a happy field squarely on our website for a whole day.

    Stay in touch to make sure you are the largest contributor. We will be sure to let you know.

    Wow, that escalated quickly! For all the remaining backers we will proudly donate units to nearby schools on your behalf.

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    These are production release units, when available, with a nice engraved plaque.

    The plaque is a permanent adhesive backed 1" x 3" brass badge.

    Symscribe, in addition to the discount, will also sponsor the plaque, and installation.

    The unit will be donated to a local school near Symscribe, based upon need. Pictures will be provided.

    The way it works is for every 10 backers 1 unit will be donated. A group of 10 can get together and also specify the engraving.

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    Symscribe, in addition to the discount, will also sponsor the plaque, and installation.

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    The $1000 Cookie

    Yes, I am completely serious. You will receive a cookie. Not just any cookie, oh no, this will be The Cookie experience of a generation. The best cookie ever tasted. One so amazing words fail to describe the utter joy. Take pictures of you and your cookie, share it with a few lucky friends.

    Before you ask: Yes, a group of you can get together and pledge for the cookie. Just let me know the group composition. I will send the cookie to the leader, and I am not responsible for how it gets divided or for any "sharing" injuries that occur.

    I will even cover the shipping, and it will arrive straight from the oven still warm.

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    I'm a real life beta tester!

    Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. The more honest feedback we get the better the production unit will be.

    The beta Symscribe boxes periodically radio home for updates and install them auto-magically. Said another way, your beta unit will become a commercial release unit.

    Note: You do need to actually beta test Symscribe and be a part of the process to keep the savings. There is a form... and a sign about the form.

    As a note: There is a small monthly/quarterly/yearly maintenance cost associated with the operation of the unit which is not included in the pledge amount. This will be suspended only during the Beta test, and for three months after as a thank you.

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    Together, Let's Donate a Unit.

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    The plaque is a permanent adhesive backed 1" x 3" brass badge. It can say anything within the typical two line limit.

    Symscribe, in addition to the discount, will also sponsor the plaque, and installation.

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    These are production release units, when available, with a nice engraved plaque.

    The plaque is a permanent adhesive backed 1" x 3" brass badge. It can say anything within the typical two line limit.

    Symscribe, in addition to the discount, will also sponsor the plaque, and installation.

    The unit will be donated to the school of your choice. This also includes an invitation to the installation along with pictures.

    Alternative arrangements will be made in conjunction with the backer's wishes for schools who decline the gift.

    As a note: There is a small monthly/quarterly/yearly maintenance cost associated with the operation of the unit which is not included in the pledge amount.

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    We are targeting shortly after the culmination of the Kickstarter Campaign but delivery will not drift beyond the fourth quarter of 2018.

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    Buy a unit - Signature Series

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    We are targeting shortly after the culmination of the Kickstarter Campaign but delivery will not drift beyond the fourth quarter of 2018.

    As a note: There is a small monthly/quarterly/yearly maintenance cost associated with the operation of the unit which is not included in the pledge amount.

    Signature (Autograph) Note: I can sign your purchase, anywhere or nowhere. Just let me know your wishes.

    Alternatives to my terrible handwriting would be a unique custom silkscreen. Let's collaborate and make something awesome!

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