Hey kickstarter, my name is Kevin Shiflett. I am actually only 15 years old and I created Goto Browser, along with the help of my good friend Brian Zaher, who is also fifteen. Brian and I created Goto Browser in August of 2013. It was the end of summer and I was bored, so to solve my boredom I decided to develop my own app. I had no clue what to make, but after pondering for a few hours I realized that the browser I had on my computer had this annoying ad virus, so I thought why not make my own! Eventually I got really carried away, like I usually do. I started obsessing over making the perfect web browser that anyone could fall in love with. I even brought my best friend to help with the development. After over a year of developing, changing, and designing we believe we have successfully created a browser that is not only an innovation of what the web can be, but also changes the way you think and feel about the web. It took us long days of hard work, determination and patience; in the end it was worth every second. My company, Gotek Software, became officially incorporated on January 27, 2015, and we cannot wait for you to join our community! The company is however owned by my parents, and so is this Kickstarter. Brian and I have a mission to not only make Goto the best browser, but to show that BIG things come in small packages!
What is Goto Browser?
Goto browser is a web browser used to not only access the web, but do it in a way that's easier, safer, and intuitive, as well as customizable. We do this by having a simple user interface, yet incorporating many new innovative features that change your overall experience on the web. These features include...
Split Screen Browsing
This feature allows you to split 2, 3, or even 4 tabs onto one screen, giving you the chance to do more on the web than you ever thought.
Goto's Home Screen
Goto gives its user's a completely customizable home screen, in which the users weather, email, and social media timelines all feed into one great place, and its all placed in front of a custom background that can even be a video! it gives a whole new meaning to "There's no place like home."
Password Protected History
As you know one of our key concerns is privacy, so to give users a safe browsing experience while on the web we included password protected history into the browser.
Giving users new ways to make their browser unique is one of the things we wanted to do. So we thought what about video backgrounds! This gives you new ways to add style to your browser and make it unique to you. The user can import the video from Youtube or from a file on their computer.
Voice Controlled Browsing
Never touch a button to browse again! Goto can be completely controlled by the sound of your voice. Commands such as go back, go forward, clear history, add bookmark, and more can be said. Not only can you use our default commands, but even create your own custom commands.
Say goodbye to annoying ad viruses
Since we do use Awesomium HTML UI Goto is almost always safe from ad viruses, unlike some browsers. This helps create a safer and less obnoxious experience on the web.
Goto is actually almost ready for it's beta, which will release on February 28, 2015. Then we will fix up some bugs that get reported from the beta and release the first official version in September.
What will your contribution do?
Even though Goto is just about ready for it's beta we still have a pretty good amount of expenses to cover before and after the beta. Our first expense is getting all the proper licenses to release Goto Browser. We will also have to pay for outside development on fixing and updating the browser so its ready for it's official release in September. These outside sources will make sure that Goto is ready for the release by fixing up the interface and other bugs in the browsers beta.
If the Kickstarter does go over the set goal the extra pledges will go to the following...
Risks and challenges
After the kickstarter is funded we may run into a few obstacles. These obstacles include release or update delays due to bugs and unsolved issues within the browser, as well as licensing issues. To solve these problems we will attempt to fix up as many bugs as possible before the beta release to make sure that everything is stable and running properly. In order to work out licensing issues we are prepared to meet with an experienced lawyer who can guide us in the right direction to getting all the proper licenses to release Goto. Our CFO, Anne Shiflett, has a masters in BusinessLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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