Friday, 20 February 2009

Illuminato, Part 2 - and the open source economics experiment

So the illuminato ran out a couple weeks ago, and it's somewhat more expensive than Matt and I ever planned, especially building in small quantities. Matt's old professor, who paid for the last batch, isn't going to be paying for it this time around, not to mention trying to raise money from friends family and former professors is about as easy as pulling teeth! I've been trying to figure out just how to raise the money to fund this open source board in the most open source way possible, so I asked around. I've gotten a lot of awesome suggestions, and the most common ones had something to do with seeing if individuals might be willing to chip in upfront. Maybe a few people will buy a couple extras. (By the way, I'm simply blown away by the business savvy I've heard from quite a few folks *ahem* Elwyn :-)

Besides the community, there's one other way to get inspiration - from someone who's recently returned from a cross country drive thinking about nothing but this stuff! After reading through Zen and the Art of Open Source Hardware, I talked with Matt over a whiteboard and lots of paper. The end result? My eyes are red (I imagine Matt's are too), I have a ton of loose, scribbled paper, and dry erase on my hands and face. I'm really not sure here, and maybe it would be nice to have a little chat about this in person. But I think I might just have an idea, and I'm going to spend this weekend drawing this out a little more neatly.

Well, there's this little pizza place right by me, in midtown Manhattan, and I'd love to chat with anyone who can join me for some pepperoni and the first session of the "Open Source Economic Council" (Sorry, I was watching the news when I came up with it, and I couldn't resist!)

Open Source Economic Council

Tuesday, Feb 24
Time: 8 PM
Location (in NYC): Famous Ray's, 831 7th Ave (btw 53rd and 54th).

Pizza's on me. See you there!


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