530 USD in 8 days, that are 2 perks to sell
Should be possible ...
Keeping my fingers crossed here (and tweeting about it as often as I can)!
Your worries are over. Slate Desktop made it, with a 7% margin (so far).
Don't blink. Things are changing fast. In 24 hours we went from "WE'RE ALMOST THERE" to "YIPPEE", and now we're @ $7,500 for 115% with 68 hours to go. Everyone is now locked in, and those who continue to back the campaign will have the discounts forever. Stay tuned. On Friday I'll announce some cool statistics/demographics and a surprise or two.
I just posted a Linkedin update. I'm preparing other posts with more details. Until then, Here's what I posted on my update:
Slate Desktop Indiegogo campaign just completed!
Backers: 36 (25 Super Early Birds)
Visitors: 4,089 (your blogs, discussions, and great support)
Social Media Referrals: 216 (your word through Twitter, Facebook, ProZ.com,
By popular demand, we converted the campaign to continue until we
release Slate Desktop in January. If you missed the Super Early Bird
discounts, please check out the new discounts.
In his last Tool Box Journal (no. 254) Jost Zetzsche judges the sense or non-sense of Slate:
I know there are colleagues who work in very narrow domains and mostly for one client, and I think for them this tool might be a real productivity boost, but I'm not sure how much that's true for others.
I wholeheartedly agree. And I wonder if Slate Desktop is significantly better than the MT features (AA, Recall, Virtual Matches) CafeTran already offers. And it has to be significantly better, because it's significantly more expensive.
But we will soon find out, since the Bright Boys signed up for a perk. And if it is significantly better, we Macs, we will have to see if we can get Moses up and running. For free.
So, there's nothing stopping you from getting Moses up and running for "free" today.
You seem to be a big fan of OS X, I assume.
Okay, irony off. Some points to consider:
IMHO the real productivity booster for well-written texts is voice recognition and a good AA/AC function.
And although this is your business plan, not ours: Assuming Slate might bring 25 % of productivity to a translator (not to me, as long as it won't run on OS X), how much would she or he be willing to pay for it? With a decent living for the developers? Voice recognition brings a productivity boost of 30 or 50 % (and for some users even more) and does not cost more than one upgrade in 2 years (about 150 bucks).