Earth Notes: Radbot: Origin Myth: 5
If you need to crowdfund then you probably don't have money burning a hole in your pocket, so how do you create the necessary materials for a crowdfunding campaign such as the main video and its fleet of videolets for social channels? Because video fixes everything, yes?
One way to get this material made is to have people working on it remotely who don't have to pay big-Western-city rents and beer bills.
Another is to hire students and (paid) interns, etc, to keep costs down, and manage slightly harder.
Confused? You will be!
Tune in next time to find out about Radbot's setbacks...
As mentioned about outsourcing to cut the crowdfunding bill in Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small:
One problem with outsourcing is the lack of the water-cooler effect, people a long way away may not understand the way you want things done that wasn't in any formal spec, or get your body language about urgency and which bits really matter and which bits don't. But that can happen in any Big Corp too. And given that international phone conferences have completely crap ergonomics (I lost a start-up during the course of a lot of oblivious shouting in one), I'm hugely pleased that (free) collaboration tools such as Google Docs and Skype and the like have eased some of those pains considerably,
So yes, our PCBs may emerge from the Scandies and our video may be out of Africa, but it all comes together to support a UK-designed product to sell into Europe.
Actually I think that we do quite well over Skype, with sometimes two or three countries in the call; better than some of my horrific politics-laden experiences in Lehman Brothers or turgid video calls in [OtherBankPlc], and the above still-born NewCo, for example.
Open Sauce, Outsource
One important difference from vanilla outsourcing purely to save cash (because we don't have any but try to pay a better-than-fair rate anyway) is that some of the contributions are genuinely free, on the open source side. And that is a surprisingly useful way to get things done while creating a public good. Indeed, that 'free' work is often of a higher standard than we might be able to pay for, because someone is invested in it and cares to DoTheRightThing(TM), and may even wish to use it as a calling card with future employers for example.
Scratching that itch is a wonderful thing!