Creating a Free Resource for Vegans Everywhere
We are Nathan and Adriana Pope of Vegan Corner. We've spent the last two years building the site as a free resource for vegans all across the world looking for cruelty-free options. We've taken it as far as we can on our own and we need your help to make the site a reality. We have some really talented people ready to take it way beyond what we could do on our own.
Coffee & Inspiration
Back in 2010, we were sitting in our small studio apartment talking about tech stuff (yup, we're nerds!) and Adriana mentioned that she really wished there was a website that would help you find everything vegan. Days afterwards, we couldn't get the idea out of our heads and decided that we should take a stab at constructing our own website. With my background in web development, and Adriana's addiction to information we combined forces (mwa-haha) and created the basic framework for the site.
Adriana had a cool idea for a search bar that worked for both location and non-location based listings so that you could search for restaurants nearby, but also for things like blogs, books, and movies ( things that don't have an address ). By clicking on the search bar's drop down menu you can easily click on an icon and narrow down your search. On December 2011, after a lot of coffee-drinking and sleepless nights, the site was launched as a beta version.
We have both been vegan for quite a while now and we've always dreamed about something that would make our lives just a little bit easier. Whenever we were in an unfamiliar city looking for a place to eat (or shop) we found ourselves scanning multiple sites trying to piece together what was and wasn't vegan which was time-consuming and quite often inaccurate. There just weren't any websites out there that served our needs as vegans, so we decided to go ahead and create our own!
Find'n the Good Stuff!
Vegan-friendly businesses are sprouting up all over the place, creating a phenomenon where veganism is becoming way more mainstream and accepted. But most importantly, these vegan-friendly places are creating more choices for us when we are on-the-go.
Whether you're trying to locate a place that sells faux wool coats, a tattoo shop with fish-free inks, a knitting store with bamboo yarns, a salon that carries Eco-friendly hair products, or simply finding a nearby animal sanctuary to visit while you're on the road, it's all here in one spot. After-all, being vegan is more than just about food...it's a lifestyle!
Usability & Design Enhancements
We've been supporting the website with our day jobs but it's clear that the website needs the supplemental help of an additional programmer. We need someone with a background in User Experience (UI/UX), who will be able to polish the website and recode it in an entirely new programming langauage, so it looks and feels great in both functionality and usability.
Our plan for the website is all laid out and we've found ourselves an awesome programmer who is ready to start working on this as soon as we reach our funding goal.
Staying Independent is our Sweetness
Our website is independently ran by just the two of us. Our goal is to stay independent so that we can stay true to our beliefs and ethics.
Funding Costs Roadmap
The $10,000 we are asking for is the minimum amount of money we need in order to make this happen. The costs associated with running a website of this size are significant. The money you donate will go towards:
- Bringing an experienced programmer on board, this is where the lions share of the funding is going to go.
- Marketing materials such as stickers, fliers, and window clings that will need to get printed up The window clings that we are printing up are static clings that will be posted up on all 100% vegan businesses as well as businesses that offer vegan options around the world. This way you can spot our cling and know right away that the place has vegan options!
- Creating a smart-phone app which will be FREE to download. Can you imagine a world where you don't have to deal with vegetarian options cluttering your search results? Hell yeah! We can. If we can hit $10,000 that will guarantee an iPhone app.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! <3 Adriana & Nate
“Vegan Corner is an amazing new structure for connecting ethical businesses with those who care about living a lifestyle that makes the world a better place for animals...it's a great way to directly get us in touch and grow the vegan market to show the world how wonderful and easy it is to be compassionate and cruelty-free.”
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Owner of the eco-friendly fashion line Vaute Couture