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Crowdfunding for developers

Developer description

Fundry is a new way to fund software development. It enables software users to fund particular ... More

Editor's review Page 1 of 2

Published 23 Sep 2011

Crowdfunding is generally a great way to get projects that have no access to the normal sources of finance off the ground. has a crowdfunding element to it without doubt but it also has far too many grey areas to confuse both developers and potential funders let alone a reviewer!

Let’s kick off with its stated mission. The site aims to act as a platform for software developers to get funding for developing additional features suggested by the Fundry community. The community pledge amounts, the developer does the necessary and everyone’s a winner according to the site.

It sounds good but let’s look at the mechanics. As a funder you will need to sign up (for free) and then deposit hard cash via PayPal before you can actually make a pledge to your chosen feature. PayPal fees apply of course.

From a developers point of view these "pledges" don’t appear to provide an awful lot of comfort as far as financial security is concerned. For a start they can be withdrawn at any time before completion and secondly, once the feature is completed, the Fundry members who pledged money get to vote on whether they like it or not. If the majority say no then the majority of the money stays where it is.

The whole voting system is a bit convoluted but basically runs like this; if you’re in the YES camp but the majority say NO your money goes to the developer. If you’re in the...