In the last couple of days there hasn't been much change in the numbers of the market analysis. Based on the latest numbers, it would make sense to produce a volume of 100 PiGI's as a mini series which will be the basis of the coming crowdfunding campaign.
Unfortunately, the crowdfunding portals don't support a scaling system to automatically manage the per unit price based on pledging participants and the decrease of the price with an increasing number of units. It would have been quite a difference with 1000 units, when you compare the price scaling.
If we set the price too low because we hope for more people in the campaign, we might end up paying on top since we didn't reach the numbers necessary to break even. If we set the price too high in order to mitigate that risk and way more people pledge than originally indicated here, the units will cost the end user much more than to produce them. Apollo-NG is a non-profit project and if we would start to make a hefty profit by selling them for more than it actually cost to produce it would be no good. So what are your thoughts regarding this issue?
I like to use the term OVEP (Open Virtual Enterprise Planning) to describe a method and tools to change how people produce stuff. No more secrets, no hidden agendas/plans, no bullshit and especially no extra costs for marketing/sales/legal/boss-boni which makes everything artificially expensive. Every aspect of the enterprise to develop & produce the product is public and transparent in the open. The PiGI pages are basically the business plan for this single product, so everyone can understand how it is build and what costs are really involved.
The campaign will probably be launched within the next 10-14 days to progress while the upcoming DSpace Hackathon in Graz during the second half of August is underway. So stay tuned, subscribe to the RSS-Feed and join the announce mailinglist to get notified when the campaign goes public.