Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[3]: Desktop Forever...
by WereCatf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Desktop Forever..."
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

I'm curious, what advantages do you believe you'd have in the US that you don't have elsewhere? US venture capital is nothing like it used to be, alot of it has moved to foreign growing markets.


Kickstarter is US-only.

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RE[4]: Desktop Forever...
by Alfman on Thu 14th Jun 2012 00:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Desktop Forever..."
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2011-01-28

WereCatf,


"Kickstarter is US-only."

So what? They probably don't even make up 0.1% of startup funding here in the US. The lack of venture capital may be a legitimate problem for you, but the lack of "Kickstarter"? Sheesh!

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RE[5]: Desktop Forever...
by WereCatf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 01:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Desktop Forever..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

So what? They probably don't even make up 0.1% of startup funding here in the US. The lack of venture capital may be a legitimate problem for you, but the lack of "Kickstarter"? Sheesh!


Kickstarter would fit the bill for multiple reasons. One is obviously the fact that I have no other means of obtaining the required monetary assets to get the project going, the second one is that for the people who pledge to a project it becomes a personal thing; if you make a concious decision to use some of your own hard-earned money to support the creation of something you enjoy you create an emotional attachement to the thing, too. That's a powerful thing, it allows you to gain a strong fanbase from the get-go, and these people are also very likely to talk about the project to anyone they think might be interested, resulting in lots of completely free advertisement for you. Oh, and then you'd actually have some hard numbers to present to others about how many people wish to see you succeed, something that is worth several buckets of gold if you know how to use the knowledge.

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RE[5]: Desktop Forever...
by galvanash on Thu 14th Jun 2012 01:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Desktop Forever..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

WereCatf,

"Kickstarter is US-only."

So what? They probably don't even make up 0.1% of startup funding here in the US. The lack of venture capital may be a legitimate problem for you, but the lack of "Kickstarter"? Sheesh!


Kickstarter != Venture Capital...

Kickstarter lets the person asking for the funds decided what strings they are willing to attach to the money they receive. Those wanting to "invest" simply decide if they like the terms or not. There is no heavy handed negotiation involved. Everyone wins and no one has to sell their soul. People investing in kickstarter projects want to see the result of their investment - it is generally not about seeing a financial return.

Venture Capital firms? They generally want your first born child. Sure you can set the terms, but good luck getting them to accept them... They will almost invariably negotiate terms that heavily favor the investors in the long term. It is about long term money making potential, not genuine interest in your product or service (other than its ability to make money).

Of course there is TONS more money available through traditional channels, but kickstarter is great if you have an idea that just needs a gentle financial nudge to get going.

I'm just saying it isn't the same thing - many people who would be more than willing to do a kickstarter project would _never_ accept funding through traditional venture capital avenues.

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