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Simple Bracket is an iPhone app for filling in college basketball tournament brackets and competing with friends and family.
1,211 backers pledged $12,443 to help bring this project to life.

No Simple Bracket this year :(

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Hi folks,

Some of you may already know this from our Twitter account, but we have made the tough decision to not run Simple Bracket this year. We had a lot of fun doing it last year (and we think many of you did too!) but we just have too much going at the moment to give it the full attention it requires and deserves.

We wanted to let you all know now so you had time to find another bracketing service to use before the tournament begins.

This doesn't mean the end of Simple Bracket forever, though. We hope we can bring it back next year! The stars simply did not align this year.


Tom & Dan

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    1. Creator Adrian Arellano on March 19, 2014

      Dang too bad :( loved this bracketing system

    2. Creator Aaron Wilde on March 14, 2014

      (Sent from me to you on Feb. 8, 2013 9:57 a.m.)
      Will this be available on the Android platform upon launch as well?

      (Received from Dan to me on Feb. 8, 2013 12:55 p.m.)
      Hi Aaron,

      For simplicity's sake it will only be on iOS this year, but we will look to expand to other platforms in the future if it's a success!


      I purchased this app under the impression that it would be maintained yearly. You said not only maintain, but expand to other platforms "if it's a success" - is a successful funding not a success? No? Okay, let's delve deeper into what constitutes success then.

      Your first message to those who backed you: "First off, thanks SO MUCH for your support! We reached our goal within the first 72 hours, so Simple Bracket is a go! We're excited, to say the least." I think it's safe to say that a 72 hour funding is an obvious success.

      You also stated in your 4th update to your backers the following message: "Simple Bracket is also currently being featured on the App Store home page, under Baskets and Brackets! Please help spread the word, we are currently the #3 Paid App in the Sports category." Another indicator of 'success.’

      Finally, in your 6th update, the last one before your decision on nix support of this app, you stated: "We hope you all had a fun time participating. We are looking forward to improving Simple Bracket in the future, so please send any feedback to, we'd love to hear from you."

      Isn't this called "KickSTARTER," not KickSCAMMER"?

      It seems obvious that you developed an app, got your buck ($12,000+, actually, not to mention all those who purchased the app from the App Store), and screwed those who made it possible for you to complete your app in the first place because "the stars didn't align this year."

      Your last update states: “We had a lot of fun doing it last year (and we think many of you did too!) but we just have too much going on at the moment to give it the full attention it requires and deserves." You see, Dan and Tom, you misunderstood your duties there. Perhaps what you meant was: “….but we just have too much going on at the moment to give [our customers] the full attention [they] require and deserve."

      I want a refund. (Yeah, it's just a buck, but based on principle.) Don't you believe people purchased this app - your product - IN RELIANCE on what you told them about the future support of this app? - See above messages and status updates. I (and I think many others) WOULD NOT have bought this app had I known it would be supported only one year if successfully funded. The conditionality of the purchaser's side of the agreement was performed when your Kickstarter project funded ($12,443 achieved from a $10,000 goal from 1,211 backers).
      Your unconditional refusal to "ma[k]e the tough decision to not run Simple Bracket this year" is known as a "repudiation" of a contract i.e., breach of contract.

      Bottom line: Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt don't care about any of the above, right? Well, I, for one, will never support another product you push for on Kickstarter because I’ve learned you two won't support it if/when a new, shiny thing distracts your attention from the duties you owe to your paying customers.

    3. Creator Andy Mueller on March 11, 2014

      Sweet. A one-time-use app. How about a refund guys?

    4. Creator Chris Harrell on March 10, 2014

      Is there any way you could just update the scoring matrix?

    5. Creator Ryan Jones on March 10, 2014

      While I realize this sounds like an entitled thing to say considering the app only cost a buck, you made it sound as though I was supporting an architecture when you kickstarted this last year.

      Is there any way to charge for an in-app purchase to enable this year, to make it worth your while? Or passing off the updating to someone (shit, I'd do it) to ensure this lives on?

      Simple Bracket simply does it better and I am saddened it's not able to be used this year.

      Best of luck with your future projects.

    6. Creator Karl Hedstrom on March 10, 2014

      I understand, but I was looking forward to using it again this year. SDSU in my area is rated #10!

    7. Creator Andrew Meyers on March 10, 2014

      Bummer! Looking forward to seeing it back again next year.