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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 17 2015
$11,137
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
56
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 17 2015

About

Meet the Neobase, the world’s first Private Network Device.

We wanted to enjoy all of the things we love about social networks while shifting the balance of control and privacy back to users. That’s why we created the Neobase - the world’s first Private Network Device.

The Neobase is an encrypted device that lets you create a private social network that only you control. Sharing with friends and family is easy, and you decide exactly what you share and who you share it with. The unique cloudless design of your Neobase and network means that all of the posts, comments, web links, photos and files you share are stored on your Neobase, and never pass through any web site, service or cloud.

Beautiful. Simple. Affordable. 
Three words you never hear when talking about privacy. Until Now.

While the Neobase is designed from the ground up to address security and privacy concerns when sharing on the Internet, it's comfortable for anyone who's used a social network.  

An important difference is that you decide exactly who to share with each time you post.
An important difference is that you decide exactly who to share with each time you post.
You and the people you share with always know who’s in on the conversation.
You and the people you share with always know who’s in on the conversation.
Your post can contain more than just photos, videos, and web links, including any number or type of files such as music or documents. Your photos, videos, music and files are also automatically put into collections, making it easy to organize and share.
Your post can contain more than just photos, videos, and web links, including any number or type of files such as music or documents. Your photos, videos, music and files are also automatically put into collections, making it easy to organize and share.

The Neobase is so simple to install and use that it’s easy to forget there’s powerful technology at work that completely bypasses central web sites, servers and cloud servers. This means that no one - not even us here at Neone - can know anything about you, your activities or what you share. Neone doesn't host or operate your social network - you do.

You can add up to five family and friends as additional users to your own Neobase. You can optionally connect with other Neobase owners and users in the Neone Network.
You can add up to five family and friends as additional users to your own Neobase. You can optionally connect with other Neobase owners and users in the Neone Network.
Mobile

It’s hard to maintain your privacy when you’re on the move, especially when connecting over open public Wi-Fi networks. No matter where you are or how you’re connected, the Neobase mobile app uses a fully encrypted connection directly to your Neobase. Capture and share photos and videos when the moment is right, knowing they’ll never be stored on an unknown cloud service.

There’s no such thing as privacy on a social network. Together, we’re going to fix that.

At Neone, we use the same social networks you do, including Facebook. We enjoy posting and sharing links and pictures with our friends and seeing how many likes we get. So, just like you, we’ll keep on using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for the things we want a lot of people to see. The problem is sharing the things we want only with the people we want to see them.

In the news and through our own experiences, we've learned about privacy issues on social networks.

Source: MDG Advertising
Source: MDG Advertising

Even if nothing serious has happened to you, we'll bet you've had some annoying or uneasy feelings on a social network like Facebook. Maybe it’s a comment on your post from someone you don’t know. Perhaps your boss friended you and you couldn’t say no. Maybe you forgot that picture you posted back in college. It could be that you posted a photo of a visit to your hometown, then every person you know there wants to know why you didn’t visit them.

We use different social networks for different things, like Instagram for photos, LinkedIn for business, Twitter to engage our followers, NextDoor in our neighborhoods, or Basecamp for projects at work. We want you to use the Neobase as a special social network for a really important purpose - privately sharing your most intimate thoughts, moments and images directly with the people you know, love and trust.

Here’s what people are saying about the Neobase

Just a few of the great things people told us after using the the Neobase:

Security and privacy as a product architecture, not an afterthought

When you decide to share, your Neobase connects directly to the other Neobases used by the friends you’re sharing with, delivering only the posts, comments and other content you have indicated. Your activities and comments never get stored on or pass through any central web sites, servers and cloud servers.

The decentralized, peer-to-peer architecture of the Neone Network is a fundamental change in how your activities and information are stored and shared on the Internet, making it the heart of the Neobase’s security and privacy.

We've added additional security technology and encryption throughout the Neobase.  Your computer or mobile device uses a secure SSH tunnel to connect to your Neobase and the Neone Network, which is much more secure than a browser with SSL. We use industrial strength secure encryption keys that only you have access to, rather than easily stolen usernames and passwords. No one stores or has access to your credentials other than you, including us at Neone. 

While there is no such thing as a perfectly secure and private system, the Neobase significantly and fundamentally reduces your risks and puts you in control of your activities and information. There's just no comparison between the Neobase and "private social networks" stored in the cloud, or social networks that have privacy "settings" and "features."

The history and technology of the Neobase

Our founder and leadership team share the story of how a great concept became an innovative product.

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Product Development Details and Timeline

We’re proud of our progress. We’re on our third generation prototype, which is nearly production ready and is the result of top-notch engineering and exhaustive testing in the lab and in homes. 

We know that a lot of crowdfunded hardware projects deliver their units to backers many months after the estimated date. We’ve backed and have been frustrated by those. We’re confident we won’t fall into that group, and that we’ll deliver your Neobases by the estimated date of August 2015.

Neobase prototype evolution
Neobase prototype evolution
Our circuit board being inspected at the manufacturer
Our circuit board being inspected at the manufacturer
Test units in our lab
Test units in our lab
Top view showing the circuit board inside the Neobase enclosure
Top view showing the circuit board inside the Neobase enclosure
3rd generation prototype - very close to final production units for our backers
3rd generation prototype - very close to final production units for our backers

Our Team

Our team consists of big thinkers with deep experience in software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product management, hardware manufacturing and operations, industrial design, and user experience. We've been building and working on the Neobase for more than two years. That's a lot of pizza and beer.

Leadership Team

Dave Glassco  Founder & CEO

Dave Glassco founded Neone to give people a safe, private and secure way to share information. He has been creating the Neobase in stealth for more than two years, working to bring consumers the first affordable, design-conscious Private Network Device. 

Prior to Neone Dave worked at CDstreet.com, as a consultant at 605 Network, and producer at Satellite Studio. Dave is an advocate for the Open Internet, serving as the President of the Participatory Culture Foundation for the last 10 years. He is also a board member at Mother Jones and other non-profit advocacy groups. 

Dave earned a Government degree from the University of Texas, and studied Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music. 

Dan Cohen  CPO (Chief Product Officer)

Dan leads product management for Neone. He heads up integrated product development for the Neobase, encompassing design, user experience and software and hardware engineering. Dan has started, led and advised several successful start-up companies, and prior to that, was a product management executive at Google and Yahoo!. 

Dan holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thanos Diacakis  CTO

Thanos leads Neone’s technology architecture, design, and software engineering. Thanos has led and served as CTO for several successful start-up companies, and also held the positions of VP Engineering, Chief Architect and Prinicipal Engineer at a wide range of tech firms. Thanos holds a BS in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College, London and a Masters of Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.

Why Kickstarter?

Like most startups, we’ve spent the money and time we've had on product development. We’ll use the funds we raise on Kickstarter to build additional software features and to establish large scale manufacturing operations for our hardware. We hope you'll back us, and become an important part of our vision to turn the concept of a social network upside down, shifting the balance of ownership, control and privacy back to users.

Risks and challenges

We’re proud of our progress and that we've eliminated a lot of technical and execution risk for the Neobase hardware. We’re on our third generation prototype, which is the result of exhaustive testing in the lab and in homes.

We’ll soon undergo FCC certification, which is required before a product capable of RF emissions can be sold in the U.S. While our internal tests indicate we should pass, there’s always a risk we won’t. If we don’t pass, we’re confident that our engineering team can quickly design what would likely be a minor refinement.

We've seen the various problems hardware startups have had using overseas manufacturers in the early stages of their production. At this critical time we’ve decided to keep manufacturing here in the United States. In addition to significantly reducing the risk of shipment delays, it’s much easier and quicker for us to be onsite if manufacturing issues come up.

We’ve also reduced manufacturing and supply chain risk. We’ve selected a top contract manufacturer, and they've helped us source our parts and have just successfully produced a small quantity of our test units on their automated production line.

As hard as we've worked to mitigate risks, hardware poses challenges at every step. We know we have the team to address those challenges, as they have done many times during the two years we've been building the Neobase.

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    Social Privacy Revolutionary - Duo Pack:
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    Social Privacy Visionary:
    Get one of the first eight production Neobases to be made, months ahead of the limited first run. Your choice of white or black. You'll also join Neone Founder and CEO Dave Glassco in Austin, TX for dinner and a night of live music.

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