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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 8 2012
$50,334
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
5,132
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 8 2012

Next Steps

Posted by Gabor Vida - Teknision (Creator)

Hi Everyone.

After speaking with the good folks at Kickstarter, we can now confirm that they will not be able to switch our Amazon payments account - it is simply not possible to 'swap' when you are dealing with credit card processing and authorizations. While it is disappointing, we understand these protocols are there for good reason. To protect your financial information.

Unfortunately this means we will have to manually 'close' this project, and your pledged amounts will not be charged. We are very sorry for this inconvenience - believe me, this is not the kind of customer experience we wanted to deliver.

There is some good news however. Kickstarter have told us we are allowed to initiate a new project and can accept your pledges there!

The only catch is that once we have the new project live, you will have to go and re-pledge on the new project (we will give you the new project link when it becomes available). We understand the inconvenience this may cause, which is why, for your time and patience, we will be upgrading all of the rewards with an additional 5 Chameleon backgrounds. We are aiming to have the new Kickstarter project live by early next week.

I hope you understand, and bear with us as we get over this hurdle. If you are disappointed with us, I understand that too. As I stated before, we have every intention of delivering world class software to our customers. We love the passion that Chameleon has sparked and we intend to develop long lasting relationships with our customers.

Stay tuned for new instructions next week, and thanks for your patience.

Gabor

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    1. Missing avatar

      c manuel gonzalez on

      I was wondering where to backup again

    2. s427 on

      Yeah I too was surprised by the jump from $50 to $1000, and the fact that nobody pledged above $50 is quite revealing IMO.

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      Ben Silverstein on

      Get the new project up and going asap. One thought: how about a pledge level between $50 and $1000? That's kind of a wide gulf. It might prompt people that can't part with a thousand to give more than fifty dollars. Just a thought.

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      Bill Williams on

      Yup, just let me know when your ready again. Pledge a bit more this time, I fully support you guys Gabor. Glad to see that the project is still full steam ahead. Looking forward to the release, as for losing pledges, I doubt you'll lose too much support. We are all hanging out for the release ;-D

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      Robert Desisto on

      What does this mean we r not getting the chameleon app early, or at all I made my pledge a month ago. Do I have to pledge again to get the app early?

    6. Matt Oberlin on

      we should all pledge an extra 50 cents to a dollar (or more). It would make them reach their goal fast so that if we lose anybody in the transition everything can still continue as planned.

    7. Levente Tóth on

      Backing the new project too, w maybe even more :-)

    8. Ramonito Tongol on

      okay... so while we are waiting for the new chameleon link should we take our CURRENT pledges back?

    9. Ramonito Tongol on

      okay... so while we are waiting for the new chameleon link should we take our CURRENT pledges back?

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      Glen Koskela on

      Jeffro, yes, I know charging only takes place once the time is over and I do expect all goes well. The point is, until this project does get stopped, it continues to pledge to an account that is no longer in control of Chameleon. And if if does not get stopped, transfers are made.
      Note that if would have been possible to cancel the project already, as creators and backers can continue to post on the project even after that. Note also that it is the creator with the US requirements that runs the project in Kickstarter. Question is, is it only the ex-employee with the account that can cancel the project?

    11. Michael Poole on

      Will renew pledge when you get new project up...

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      Cody Robinett on

      Glad to hear things (sort of) worked out. I'll be pledging as soon as the new project page opens.

    13. Ross Williams on

      Post up the new project and my pledge will be there.

    14. Ross Williams on

      Post up the new project and my pledge will be there.

    15. manzoor on

      that is a bad news. I was really looking forward to this project. Disappointed at Kickstarter!!

    16. Jeffro Bodine on

      Glen, no money was taken by any employee. The backers don't get charged until the timer has expired, which still shows 7 days to go. There shouldn't be any money in the account yet, since nobody has been charged.

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      Glen Koskela on

      Don't get me wrong when it comes to the Chamaleon as a deliverable. I backed it.

      Unfortunate if you have been screwed by your employee, bad things happen. You just need to manage this kind of events more professionally. First, in practice you hint that someone has taken the project money with him/her. You need to take actions and communicate that this does not hurt backers. Good move would have been to close the project already.

      Do not ask copies of backing emails Kickstarter has sent. One should not ask for receipts of transactions to be forwarded. That is a simple rule in any business.

      Chameleon is one thing and unfortunate that things got messed up. Yet this is a Kickstarter project. All above hurts Kickstarter's credibility, more than this one project. I did not expect to receive re-pledge mails. Or mails asking me to forward backer mails to someone. Or hear that projects get screwed. Or get such messages while money is still pledged on a project that seems to have simple management issues. It is weird that Kickstarter has not taken actions to confirm your messages about the account issues and plans to fix the situation. I will think twice before backing a project in future. Trust is so easy to lose.

      Close the project now. Ensure that no charging (to your ex-employee) is ever made. Create the new project only after those steps. With that also I will re-pledge. But don't ask to re-pledge the new project if current project is kept open.

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      Andy Kerekes on

      Well Ifor one would really like to see this throught till the end no matter what. It was and still is a good idea and hope the best for this company. I remain Committed Sir.

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      Russell Freesland on

      After seeing the potential that this project has and knowing how hard everyone on your team has worked, I am committed to my pledge.

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      Fausto Perez on

      Count me in. I know how hard and in business there is always hick-ups... Good thing is you will still be able to do what you set out to achieve.

      Best,

      Fausto

    21. Martin Hall on

      I think it will be interesting to see how many people re pledge.

      I will as I think I would have purchased Chameleon from the PlayStore anyway.

      As for the issue of having $50K of revenue riding on 1 staff member pulling through, while not wise is not that unusual.
      Good luck

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      Matthias Stübner on

      Honestly, what I do not understand is: "How professional is it, to base such a project on a single empl. of a company (and its private credit card?)?"

      Is a company that cannot handle something simple like that, able to deliver at the end? The financial risk of loosing ten bugs is quite low, but it feels strange.

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    24. Max on

      Why bother and start a new project? People have recognized Chameleon. Don't get me wrong, I love your product and I will test it. But will Chameleon get any more attention by going thru Kickstarter again?

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      Edgar Cornejo on

      I really appreciate the transparency and honesty throughout this setback. I wish that more developers and companies were just as forthcoming and honest as you have been with us.

      I look forward to re-pledging and doubling my pledge towards the new project .

    26. Bryan Spellman on

      I will re-pledge, hopefully you will do a lower fund and shorter time line! Good luck, we are with you!!!!!

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      Paul Christen on

      Dammit.
      BUT, I will re-pledge.
      :)

    28. Sean Alexander on

      Sorry that you have to deal with all this but I am actually glad they didn't as it would have caused all sorts of other problems. Looking forward to the new project and will have my money in hand to pledge. Really looking forward to giving this thing a run through.

    29. Dustin on

      With these "bumps" in the road, will we be able to meet the goal of $50,000 again? Perhaps set a lower goal of $25,000 or $30,000 to ensure the project is funded?

    30. Madhu Chandrakumar on

      There are always bumps in the road, thanks for keeping us updated! Will be heading over to your new project link once available.

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      Li YiXiong, Joel on

      From a general perceptive not really cool. But it is understandable. as stuff happens.
      In the end, we (or at least I) backed the project because of the product, and I think that all should focus on that.
      I am very interested in your product, so of cause I will be moving over. Sad though, that you have reached your goal, but now it has to start all over again :)

    32. Filip N on

      Thanks for information. I'll repledge anyway..

    33. CrazedHatter - OO's Lunatic in a Hat on

      Rest assured, I will be staying on board with you guys, I'll keep an eye out for the new project and repledge, I promise you that.

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      Kenneth Steele on

      I don't think it's going to be huge problem. Just let us cancel everything up until now and then redo it next week when you're back on track. Simple.

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      T.K. Hood on

      I will definitely re-pledge, I am extremely excited for this product to come out and I will stand behind as long as it takes, and as stated above, I would be more than happy to beta test on an asus transformer prime to make sure that this app will work flawlessly. I have been disciplined many times by apps that dont use the Prime to its full potential so I want to make sure that this app is as good as i can be when it is officially released. :P

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      Brandon Vaughn on

      I'll repledge for sure, but this makes me wonder. Why did the only person able to accept the payments leave, and why can't he come back just enough to acceprt payments, and then route them to you? Was there a falling out?

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      Kallistiman on

      Just re-pledge, I don't know... I think I'll double my pledge, from $10 to $25. It seems like you need some good news :)

    38. Braydon Connell on

      I will definitely re-pledge ! All considering you guys have been great at fixing the problem. Also thank you for being transparent throughout the process.

    39. Emmanuel Green on

      I am re-pledging as soon as you give the word!

    40. Gabor Vida - Teknision 2-time creator on

      Thanks for your understanding comments everyone. And please note that this particular setback will in no way impact the delivery of the product. We are full speed ahead.

    41. Marcell Feher on

      No problem, I will re-pledge instantly as the new project appears. Keep up the good work!

    42. Daniel Tan on

      I will repledge !! Don't get discouraged.

    43. Ignacio R. Aguado on

      I will re-pledge. You are taking care of all this issue honestly, so you have all my support.

    44. Gabor Vida - Teknision 2-time creator on

      @Lucas Cunha - Thanks for your question. We thought about that - there is a high probability we will loose a portion of pledges, therefore we will play it safe and will lower the goal amount and shorten the project time to 15 days. Hopefully from here on in, things roll a little better!

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      D. on

      Thanks for keeping us in the loop on the whole matter. I'll be looking forward to seeing the new project page :)

    46. Jason Bottin on

      Regardless I will be re-pledging, keep up the good work guys

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    48. Harold Mansfield on

      I understand and empathize with what has been going on. I FULLY stand behind my pledge. This is an awesome product and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

      Keep us posted.

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      Graham Green on

      Thanks for keeping us informed. You continue to have my full support!

    50. Francis Thibault on

      Will repledge without hesitation, a fellow canadian supporter