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$1,032
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 8 2019 2:02 PM UTC +00:00

About

Ever read the news and been so overcome with frustration at the spin and bias that you want to do something about it? 

We're building a mobile app where YOU can rate the news and pressure journalists to improve their standards.

How does it work?

Submit an article to our mobile app to rate its bias, impact, and quality. Your ratings will be combined with the ratings from millions of other users to create an overall credibility score for that article. 

We plan to use these ratings to track the performance of individual journalists and publications to put public pressure on improving journalistic standards.

Once the app is launched, users can rate 3 articles per day for free! OR pay a small monthly subscription of $1.99 per month for unlimited ratings and additional app features. Our Kickstarter rewards include app subscriptions for one, three, six, or twelve months according to the tier selected.

What about bots? 

Our monetization structure is first-of-its-kind and functions as a form of ‘social engineering’ to prevent bots and fake accounts. Most social media platforms use an advertising model that is free for users, but exchanges your personal information for targeted ads. Spoofing account details takes little effort and no cost to anyone who would want to manipulate that platform. 

Instead, we charge a small subscription fee of $1.99 per month. Not only does this allow us to operate without collecting or selling personal data, but it also creates exponential costs for any large-scale spoofing attempts. This combined with basic bot detection on our end, you can rest assured that all users will be legitimate contributors to the platform.

Who is NeoZeno?

We are an independent bootstrap start-up with a passion for bettering the news. We believe the current monetization structure based on ad revenue has caused news reporting to deteriorate into cheap, click-bait, viral content. Our business relies solely on supporters like you, and the $1.99 monthly subscription for unlimited ratings on the app.

The married co-founders Zach & Sam are the only two members of this company! We support ourselves with day jobs in professional research and software development, but...

We're tired of being told what to think. We want accurate and reliable news!

Our crowdsourced news credibility rating system was developed with this in mind, and we want the public to have a say in how news gets reported.

Future plans...

The launch of our NeoZeno mobile app is scheduled for June 2019, but we need some help to get there! 

Our goal of $10,000 will go towards hiring additional developers to make sure the app runs smoothly and scales proportionally, so that all users have a seamless experience. The campaign will also cover server costs for the app and legal review of our terms of service. 

The plan for the next few years is to track the performance of individual journalists and publications according to our app data and produce reports that will be shared on our website. This data will serve as a record of public opinion or a 'consumer report' for news providers. 

Our five-year-plan includes recruiting a team of strong advocates to coordinate with news businesses and pressure them to address these standards. This team will act as lobbyists who use this data to influence the news industry.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge this project will face is getting enough people on-board and rating news articles on our app. The credibility scores are only viable if we have a large user base with varying opinions, so awareness marketing is a big priority.

Since we are bootstrapping as co-founders, we don't have the financial resources or manpower most other startups might in Silicon Valley. If you like this idea, please share with your friends to help get the word out about improving journalism! We are two normal people who are learning as we go, so your increased support and understanding will be much appreciated throughout this journey.

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    Receive a pack of NeoZeno merch with your year-long app subscription! (includes unlimited ratings and virtual founders badge)

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    Join an exclusive group of contributors who meet each month to choose news topics for the NeoZeno website.

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