When we first signed up to Kickstarter, we were under the impression that you could create a software project on this website and kick it off with a few friends or family.
We were wrong(in our case). Like DoubleFine Adventures, the Pebble Watch or even the light table IDE project, you need a massive following willing to pay for a product before you even start a kickstarter project.
Most of the tens of thousands of people in our database came from our India based traffic and can't even open an Amazon account even if they wanted to help us. We know this because we geo-locate them with MaxMind services and it says so on Alexa:
That being said, having a huge following with no access to US $$$ capital is kind of a major bummer for a Kickstarter project.
The only thing we got from this project were lots of gawkers that were asking us financial questions that we clearly weren't going to effectively answer seeing that we're programmers with no MBA. Same with Gust.com.
So with that we are taking this project down and re-installing our down and upstreams to various websites in our network to prepare for a launch. Those people who were honest with us on Gust will get demos from a new person which is going to go be our rep while we work at our 9-5PM jobs as programmers.
We contacted some of those firms today and despite our problems we are going forward.
Basically, we just wanna get this done. We don't care where the money really comes from as long as it's not DST, and we are more excited at the thought of programming and managing our team than we are fund raising.
We're taking this project down.
To our supporters, we'll try to make it open source, but if MBAs and business people tell us that it destroys the value, we'll have to not make it open source, because in the end we really need their money.
Thanks to everybody who looked at our attempt at getting a software project funded on Kickstarter without a built in audience.
Oh, and we're keeping the bunny rabbit. :P