What if you didn't have to spend money on everything? What if you could trade skills instead of bills.
Tibba is a marketplace for the exchange of skills and services for new opportunities. It is digital barter for freelancers, business owners, skilled professionals, startups and general life enthusiasts.
Trade your skills directly with other people for new and cool opportunities. The possibilities are endless and the size of your wallet is no longer the controlling factor so stop waiting for tomorrow and start living.
We're not crazy (we promise). We realise that there is no way of changing the financial system overnight. We're not even going to try. But we are going to try to offer a way of living, learning and experiencing that does not require credit, debt or money.
Save your cash for the things that you have to pay like bills and rent. But don't put your life on hold. Learn new things, meet new people and have new experiences without spending money. It's a first step.
In the words of Richard Branson, Screw it, Let’s do it!
Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
The App works by allowing each user to create a personal profile and list the different skills or experiences they are offering. They can then browse for people to trade with in their community.
The App supports a built-in chat function and, once the parties agree to the terms of the exchange there is a basic agreement to be completed for greater certainty and reliability.
A review function allows the community to effectively regulate itself and provides social proof.
At the next milestone, we will be adding premium features such as the option to search internationally, a comprehensive legal contract, possibly insurance and accounting software for businesses that need to account for barter trade for tax purposes, as well as some other functions.
Everything. Always. Seems to be a question of money. Of affording things.
Money was invented to make it easier to trade. It has no inherent value except as a medium of exchange. Yet, we find ourselves in a situation where millions of people have valuable skills that others want, but they can't trade. Because they don't have enough money. What's worse, in the absence of money we're being encouraged to take on debt to live.
Debt. It controls us. Stifles us. Limits our lives and keeps us awake at night.
This owed money has such an impact on our lives we think the only solution is money? If you work hard you will get what you want, that's what we've been told. So we stay, we work harder, earn a little more and we put our dreams on hold until one day. One day when we finally have the money and time to do the things we’ve always wanted to do. But that one day is always tomorrow and never today. Isn't it better to live today?
Tibba is not just an app, it’s a worldwide community.
It is all of the cool people that have a desire to live more. But they don’t just talk about it. Our community makes shit happen!
Meet some of our awesome peeps.
WE HAVE BUILT IT :)
We are not pitching a concept or a prototype on Kickstarter. We built the first version of the app (Minimal Viable Product) and it's currently in private beta testing. No external investors. No funding by rich relatives. And no tech experience.
We have partnered with Layer10 in order to make our first version happen, but now we need your help for the next step!
We're now asking, pleading, beseeching, imploring and totally begging you to help us make our first public launch possible.
We can survive on next to nothing but we're looking to add to the team during this critical phase (including the best digital nomad job ever!) and we need to offer them more than gratitude and homemade smoothies. The more support we receive the longer we can survive without involving external investors. Help us! We're poor!
Your generous contributions will help with:
Development & Support Work (60%) - The App is the core of our project! We need additional help with graphics, analytics, development, maintenance, infrastructure and more during our first launch.
Marketing Costs (15%) - What good is an awesome product if no one knows about it? Marketing an App is tough you guys. We're looking to hold cool launch events in various cities and hire part-time marketing help.
Digital Nomad Job (10%) - The coolest job. Ever. Travel with us and help us launch Tibba in new communities.
Kickstarter Costs (10%) - The cost of the rewards, delivery and Kickstarter fees.
If we exceed our £10,000 target, additional funds will be used for development (making the app better and adding new features) and marketing (hello world).
Tibba started out as a happiness project.
The two co-founders are Yasmine (a digital nomad, vegetarian and part-time hippie) and Erica (a City lawyer, world traveller and general do-gooder).
We have been great friends for over ten years but, as you may have guessed, we don't agree on much by way of politics or world views. Strangely, when the topic of life ambitions and opportunities came up during a road trip through the United Arab Emirates and Oman (it's a long story) we found ourselves in complete agreement on the topic of happiness.
The consumption of things, buying stuff, does very little for wellbeing and, let's face it, no great story ever started with... "so I was shopping for top"...
But experiences, that's a different story. Life is for living and the more living the better. People develop and grow when they learn new things, meet new people and get new experiences. Experiences, not things, make us happier.
But how do you get access to new experiences without making it yet another thing on your credit card? Well you trade for it of course.
We've made it from concept to soft-launch in a year by partnering with the software company Layer10 who loved the idea and joined the team at a very early stage.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are so grateful for all the support we have received from so many people around the world. The messages of encouragement always make us smile so keep them coming! A massive thank you to all the people who have helped us on the way, you know who you are. We are eternally grateful!
Risks and challenges
We've built the basic app! There is minimal risk associated with access to it (albeit there will be some delay as we are doing a country by country approach). Depending on where you are the app may not be available to you straight away but we will get there!
As for the rewards, we have included things that we are sure will be straight forward and easy to deliver. Unless you live in the outer reaches of Mongolia, we are committed to delivering all rewards as quickly as possible after the Kickstarter campaign finishes.
All in all, we don't foresee any major problems but things do come up and if, for any reason, we won't be able to keep to the timeline we will let all backers know ahead of time.
If anyone is actually crazy enough to go for the the maximum funding amount, errrhh, well.. we love crazy and we're in if you are! Travel is not included and there are specific times of the year for a climbing adventure. Let's do this. Helllzz yesss!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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