My crowdfunding campaign went viral, was funded 800+%, and now I’ve been running a tech startup for (exactly!) a year, AMA
A year ago today, we launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 to fund [Minuum](minuum.com), a tiny, one-line, virtual keyboard that frees up screen space on phones and makes typing on wearable devices possible. The response was overwhelming: we made the reddit front page, raised 873% of the our funding goal, and a company was born.
What started as me (Will Walmsley) working on my own, has now grown to a company of 10 people. Right now seven of us are living and working in a house in the SF Bay Area, California (moving here from Toronto to participate in Y Combinator’s winter 2014 cohort), trying to make Minuum’s motto of “type anywhere” a reality.
To say it’s been a busy, stressful, but ultimately very exciting year is a huge understatement.
Last week, six months after launching in beta on the Google Play Store, we released Minuum 2.0 for Android (it’s free to use for 30 days). To celebrate this exciting milestone and our one-year anniversary since the fateful crowdfunding campaign launched (on our cake day, too!), I (Will [username:w--w]), along with my fellow founders (Xavier [username:wxswxs] and Severin [username:spaky]), thought we’d answer any and all of your questions regarding our experience so far - making a new keyboard (especially the science behind it), running a startup, going through crowdfunding, and everything in between. Ask us anything!
Edit: Thanks for all the great questions and kind wishes! We'll try our best to look back once in a while to keep answering questions that we haven't yet gotten to.