Our first announcement, around 8 months ago got a lot of attention and pretty much all the dapps out there gave us their support. The project idea was amazing and the process sounded like something the Blockchain actually needed: An organized, simple and attractive idea to introduce Steem to people who are clueless about Steem and crypto, in ten of the most popular languages on Steem.
The team is made out of some of the best, most committed Steemians I have ever met in my Steem life. People like @coruscate, @ramengirl, @travelgirl, @evecab and @joythewanderer gave us that drop of experience from vlogging we needed. Steemians like @tibfox, @guifaquetti, @waybeyondpadthai, @fingersik and @amalinavia provided us with different approaches and knowledge of the ecosystem. Community focused users like @crimsonclad, @tarazkp, @abh12345, @revisesociology and @justineh gave us their time and mind to bounce ideas and advice to get the best product possible. OG Steemians with a deeper knowledge of the community such as @acidyo, @andrarchy and @voronoi were incredibly helpful with recommendations and providing useful advice for the business plan. @anthonyadavisii and @elteamgordo singlehandedly brought the website to life exactly as we wished for.
And all of these people worked for the project without any sort of payment or asked for any sort of remuneration. If anything, Steem Onboarding is a project that could be used as an example of how a diverse team from all over the world can achieve amazing things by just having a bit of organization and a set of goals with dealines.
Our own Roadmap was ambitious enough to create expectation and at the same time, realistic enough for the team to actually provide results and a clear working model.
Our Fundition campaign started with the right foot and we got a bit of funding.
We ran several contests thanks to some Dapps funding such as @oracle-d, @fundition, @dtube, @tasteem, @steempress and @steemhunt and we even got out first adoption campaign out thanks to @theycallmedan, @yabapmatt and @ocd. All of this without any funding or cashing out the steem we've earned through posts except for some domains and manpower payments.
But then the bears came and Steem took a hit. The community started to get discouraged from prices, rewards and overall activity on chain and, since this is a project that depended on the Fundition campaign to work - or at least the Steem price to stay around $1 - to keep working full throttle, we had to slow down our progress.
This doesn't mean that we completely stopped, it just means that @coruscate and me, alongside most of the team, since we are working mostly for free for this project, had to focus in other Steem stuff (or real life stuff) that can help sustain ourselves.
The business model of Steem Onboarding is selfsustainable once we reach certain point on the project. We haven´t reached that point yet, we are still in the building phase - even though the website is fully functional by now and any user who speaks Chinese, Spanish, English, Russian, Korean, Thai, German, Portuguese and French can easily understand what Steem is about and how to join.
But we are not there yet, we still need to develop more stuff to actually be able to bring in profit for the project and for our team members who have put a lot of time and effort just because they believe in Steem.
So, I guess this post is mainly to let you guys know that Steem Onboarding is still active, we still have a lot to give and we won't let down anyone who has invested votes or donated liquid to this project. We are going to deliver, it will just take a little it longer than we hoped it will.
The road map stated that by now, we would be exactly where we are right now and yet, in January we were hoping that by now we would surprise everyone (and ourselves) by having way more in the website and for the user experience there.
So yeah, just wanted to let everyone know about this. The reason I'm posting this on my own blog and not on @steemonboarding is because this is nothing official - we have an official contest cooking - and we want to keep the project's blog only for official stuff, and this is more of an unoffical heads up from one of the founder's side.
We want to thank everyone who believed in us and has high expectations of this project, we won't let you down or just disappear :)
By the way you can check out the working website right here
You can check our Fundition Campaign right here