I won’t lie about it. Our Kickstarter is failing, funding from backers have plateaued. Kickstarter is as much a fundraiser tool as it is a market validation tool, so I ask, is there simply no interest in our idea of using fashion as a form of silent protest for political issues? Or is issue with me, that I’ve lost people’s trust, as people said in comments on TorrentFreak? If it’s the latter, I want to reiterate that I haven’t done anything in my time on isoHunt that justifies this perceived betrayal of trust, and this apathy, fragmentation and distrust within the file sharing community is most frustrating. This isn’t even about “piracy” or copyright, but speaking on any issue we can care about. Namely with our initial round of designs, media democracy and Internet freedoms.
Here’s an unofficial Kickstart to a clothing line my friend Clifford has been working on. First, a name, a brand that’s a message in itself. I don’t want to start “just another clothing brand”, after my close to 11 years with isoHunt. I want to do something that resonates to people’s loss of Freedom. The Freedom to share, the Freedom to create, the Freedom to not be spied on. The loss of isoHunt, a tool to search and to share culture, is timely with the governments’ erosion of freedoms and privacy. So, our name must convey this theme.
The name we are settling on is Viva 10.23. The logo design carries a theme of progress, of freedom. Bonus points if you can decipher the meaning of the name going with the design. Thoughts are very much welcomed if you are into graphic design!
First, I agree with Spacey’s statement: “So you have this incredible confluence of a medium coming into its own just as the technology for that medium is drastically shifting. Studios and networks who ignore either shift will be left behind.” Continue reading →
So many replies and comments on here and elsewhere! I can’t read or respond to all of them yet but I will. Just want to say that building software and services that’s loved by so many is what an entrepreneur like me hope for above all else, so Thank You!
For the first year or 2 since its inception in Jan. 2003, isoHunt.com was my hobby. But it certainly couldn’t be the world-class search engine it is today without these awesome staff at isoHunt Inc. that made it possible. Some of us will be unemployed soon, and would appreciate a new job worthy of our talents.
Here are the closing credits. Queue scrolling text and sad music:
Allen “Chip” Parker, Sys Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jason Michael Mills, Programmer (email@example.com, yarp.me)
These are not all the staff, there are those who chose not to be included. And maybe the most unsung heroes who’s been volunteering their time, is isoHunt’s communitymoderators. The forums and spam on isoHunt would be a mess without you guys.
And here’s a sneak peak of what I’m working on next. As the Terminator says,
It’s sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of isoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in Internet startup time. It started as a programming hobby in my university days that has become so, so much more. It’s been a learning experience beyond what I imagined. I’ve done the best I could pushing the social benefits of BitTorrent and file sharing, the searching and sharing of culture itself, but it’s time for me to move on to new software ideas and projects. Continue reading →
isoHunt.com founder. Programmer. Entrepreneur. Hacking social norms, redesigning systems.