I have been thinking for a while to write this announcement, as asking for help isn't really my best skill. I remember these words from my professor, when I was studying in theatre : "It is important to understand that asking for help isn't bad, just learn how". It is time to use that lesson.
I have founded Utopian in 2017, on this blockchain, empowering people with great project ideas to turn them into reality, independently from how wealthy they are, the resources and skills they have. A dream that I have been building in my mind for years. By leveraging the power of Open Source and combining the best functionalities of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platforms, Utopian creates new opportunities, for everyone.
What is Utopian
Utopian (also called Utopian Colony) is a collaborative platform that fills the gap between innovators and supporters. Utopian Colony enables project owners to receive the financial support they need, while they are busy building. Support goes for specific tasks, functionalities and enhancements projects need to get done. Professionals can support the growth of the projects they are passionate about with their skills and get rewarded for doing just that. Supporters can back functionalities and enhancements they deem useful and beneficial to them, and access them immediately, as all the work in Utopian is done in the true open source spirit. But that's not all, as the best projects grow and thrive, Utopian can bring them to the attention of potential investors looking to invest in new inspiring technologies.
A Utopia (/juːˈtoʊpiə/ yoo-TOH-pee-ə) is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens wikipedia.
Open source software is fundamental for the technological advancement of our society. However, the hard work of open source contributors has been, so far, mostly unrewarded. Utopian wants to accelerate the growth of open source technologies by empowering a greater variety of professionals to contribute. By creating the opportunity to raise funds in a more efficient and transparent way, Utopian aims to convince as many innovators as possible to open source their projects and build solutions that benefit everyone.
To honour our mission, we made Utopian Colony fully open source. Check our progress on Github.
Utopian is the first platform in the blockchain space creating this new fundraising opportunity. Despite that, Utopian hasn't achieved the same exposure similar platforms have achieved. Everything we did was only thanks to our own efforts and what Steem could offer. We didn't run an ICO, an IEO, we haven't got millions in funds or anything like that.
However, we have facilitated thousands of contributions to open source projects, many of which are Steem based dapps and generated more than 1.3M USD in incentives, making Utopian the blockchain based platform with the biggest number of rewards delivered to open source solutions.
We have been through any possible good luck and terrible luck, in a glimpse:
- Utopian was founded in Sept. 2017
- We have received amazing support from Steem and accumulated more than 3.6M in SP
- We have been busy building and providing new functionalities for our proof of concept platform for months and built awesome partnerships
- We got cracked in May 2018 and decided to shut down the proof of concept platform
- We didn't stop there and started building Utopian Colony, with a new team
- The market crashed, our development got slowed down and the funds started to get small
- I have personally reinvested everything this blockchain has ever produced
However we didn't stop building, while maintaining our community alive and engaged and kept our support ongoing for so many projects.
Now that we are just few months away from releasing Utopian Colony to everyone, we have decided to run an Indiegogo campaign, to finally get the attention I believe Utopian and our community deserves. It is not just about getting the funds, which definitely will help, it is about bringing Utopian to the masses.
- Ads cost too much
- Our campaign contents were not clear enough
We have fixed our campaign contents and provided not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 new explainer videos. We have updated our perks to make sure they are more in line with the actual product and extended the deadline to reach as many people as possible. Check the updated campaign here
Now we need your help.
This will sound scary for many, but I am serious about this project and honestly I don't care of the SP we got and how much I can get away from this blockchain. I care about realizing our mission. I care about making a change for the better. That is what drives me and will always drive me. That's the reason why I am giving to Utopian the last chance to become the success we and our community deservers it to be and that chance is now.
It is up to you to decide if you want Utopian to be the next-big-thing or one of the many dreams that will never become fully realized.
We still have 28 days before the campaign ends. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign and tell your friends and colleagues. Help us spread the word and finally bring Utopian to everyone.
Diego, Founder of Utopian.io