|I am a "niche owner" within a no-longer-booming-yet-very-healthy language ecosystem. 40 days ago I started a crowdfunding drive https://www.tilt.com/tilts/year-of-ribasushi-help-him-focus-on-cpan-for-2016/description specifically targeting my largest corporate users. So far there are only 3 notable corporate pledges - 2 x $6000 and 1 x $2000. Another $8200 came from individual non-corporate donors, contrary to the central idea of the campaign.|
With 50 days to go, I am at a loss where did things go wrong. My original thinking:
- By most conservative estimate (1700h/year, a far cry from reality) I am essentially asking for $70/h
- The main library I provide is robust, developed in a very conservative no-hype fashion. Its feature set has no alternatives within its ecosystem, with some features being unique across any similar projects in any language.
- I, as an individual developer, have strong and positive name recognition within the ecosystem
- I know of (and contacted) at least 34 companies having built massive products on top of this library.
Clearly this is not coming together as I expected. I have several courses of action:
- Double down on publicity, despite the already critical mass of engineers across the ecosystem expressing all kinds of thumbs up, goading higher-ups into pledging. The campaign risks turning into a true grass-roots crowdfund obscuring the main point: Too much is at stake business-wise if a sudden drop of quality occurs, while the un-fun grueling work continues solely as "civic duty".
- Exert more pressure on my corporate contacts: This is... difficult. Publishing the text and doing the initial round of "passing the hat" was bad enough. I fear a second time will "overdo it".
- Wait: perhaps various contacts did not have sufficient time to get approvals. If I am wrong - more time is lost.
- Give up early: This is actually the easiest one of all... though I feel I have not exhausted all my options.
What do you think?