Thanks @Hanski for an interesting topic. I really want to hear your opinions on this.
I want to say something, but I don’t want the discussion to stop. So just read it and take it as just another opinion.
I don’t believe there is a single “magic bullet” that makes a product like this succesful. Dedication of the community is important, but that alone is not enough, Ouya comes to mind as an example.
I have always admired Nintendo. They come up with strong original concepts (Mario, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Zelda) and just keep continuing the story, delighting old and new fans with new content. Some think its repetitive and boring, I think its the only way to create a long-term sustainable company.
By contrast, think about the original Mini car. It was a huge success in its day. The design by Sir Alec Issigonis was sheer genius. But then what happened? It was produced almost identical from 1959 to 2000, and they never were able to come up with a real successor.
If there is one reason why I think Pokitto has a chance to become a success, it is that we carefully planned evolution beforehand. Pokitto was not designed as 1 product. It was designed to be built from modular components, both hardware and software. We (Daniel and I) know exactly how we can generate a chain of products from the groundwork we have laid down. Yes, its true we haven’t yet shipped even the Kickstarter units but the honest truth is the target for me has always been 3-4 years down the road. Financially we (Pokitto) are covered, we possess the necessary skillset (plastics & electronics) and as long as the community wants more, there is nothing that can stop us from executing our plans. I have no fear of ‘failure’. For me failure doesn’t even exist in the context of Pokitto. This started as something I put together at my kitchen table. I simply can’t see any other direction for this other than up.
The main thing limiting our progress at the moment is my lack of skills in web application development. I have many tools in mind that would make Pokitto ecosystem a much more pleasant work environment. If you all have ideas on what to do about that, I am all ears.