This is a kind of “state-of-the-union” letter from me to the community.
As you hopefully have already come to know me, you know that I like to take things up as soon as there is an issue and I also want to discuss it as openly as I can. I also like to make strategic decisions before problems appear.
The current situation with Pokitto can be summarized as follows:
- over 1000 Pokittos are around the world. I stopped counting at 1000. I know I am close to running out of 3rd box of displays (at 500 per box)
- financially Pokitto Oy (my company) is sustainable but not making a lot of profit
- I have NOT lost interest in developing Pokitto further, however
- my main source of income is the robotics business
- Pokitto would have to grow to 10-20x the size for it to be my main activity, and frankly I do not see it as the most likely outcome for many reasons
What I want to come out of Pokitto is the following:
- I would like People to be programming Pokittos 10 years from now. I know it sounds silly, but if that happened, I would consider this a success no matter how we got there
- I would like people to enjoy themselves programming Pokitto
And then comes the main things driving me personally:
- *I* want to program Pokitto and
- I want to create more hardware for Pokitto. I have so many ideas that still need to be developed.
Over the past few months, it has become clear to me that I am becoming the bottleneck of development here. You guys could take Pokitto to levels I have never imagined provided you have all the knowledge and control needed to do so.
Let’s imagine this was a negotiation between me and you all. A friendly negotiation, where both sides want the other side to be happy.
Now, I would like development of Pokitto to continue, with a heavy involvement by the community. Even to the point, where I distribute rights to sell Pokitto if that is something someone wants to do. I would like to be the enabler of things instead of being the bottleneck.
There are many factors why I can enable things to happen:
I have personal and direct contact with the top level of NXP LPC (makers of the Pokitto chip), they have expressed their interest to provide us with new chips and they are rooting for Pokitto. My partner in USA, Daniel, is able to create any kind of a PCB we need. We have a sourcing partner in China allowing us to get components at the most competitive price available. Provided there is funding, we can also create plastic parts if needed - another Kickstarter is not out of the question.
One thing that could greatly make things easier would be if there was a Patreon system that would bring in a small steady stream that maybe could be used to counter the steady expenses coming from server costs, warehouse costs and bookkeeping costs. We are talking about really small money here but money that, nevertheless, needs to be paid every month for this to continue. And when I say small amount, I mean a <5 $ contribution from the active part of the community would take care of the whole problem and allow us to focus full time on development and expansion.
But what do you, dear Pokitto community member, want to see happen in return?
Mince no words, speak your heart out, don’t be afraid. I am really interested in your response to what I’ve said here.