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Hackaday is up for sale. Now we're going to buy it and keep it in the community.
Brian Benchoff
Video / Web
LA, California
United States
1 Team Member

Here's a wonderful presentation on what we're going to do with Hackaday with your help.

Hackaday.com is up for sale. The writers and editors can save it, and also improve it.

Hackaday is, in my opinion, a modern day museum of hacker ingenuity. Following the pages of hackaday you can see the birth of world changing technologies as they go from a wild dream in someones home to a physical creation in front of you. The quintessential story of the hackers building the crazy thing in their garage that goes on to change the world (like computers) happens every day on hackaday. 

I've been a loyal fan and reader since the very beginning. I've stared in awe of extreme cleverness, groaned at the lame puns, and I've complained about changes. About two years ago, I got the chance to write for Hackaday.  While I did as much as I could to keep it awesome, circumstances didn't allow myself or our editor Caleb to make hackaday what it should be.

What would we do different? 

Hackaday should put more emphasis on our readers and community. The awesome projects we see every day come from people all over the world who are passionate about what they do. Hackaday should focus more on those people. This would involve things like:

  • Posting more hacks. Way more than the half dozen a day we're posting now.
  • Visiting and profiling hackerspaces.
  • Interviewing and profiling individuals
  • Holding regular competitions and giveaways.
  • Funding unique and interesting projects.
  • Helping give back to the community with interesting ideas like thecontrollerproject.com.
  • Creating hacker events where people can join together to collaborate and celebrate hacking. (like conventions).
  • Scholarships! This brilliant idea came from a Hackaday reader and we're more than up for it.

Why weren't you already doing these things?

These business decisions weren't Hackaday's to make. The current owner, Jason Calacanis, has kept the project alive and protected it out of loyalty for over nine years. However, he's too busy with his startups to focus on Hackaday, much to the chagrin of Caleb and myself, and he's given us the green light to start this campaign! (thanks Jason!).

Will there still be ads? 

Yes, it actually does take money to run Hackaday.com. However, that money will now be used differently than it was before. Much of it would be rolled back into building community as you can see above. There would still be operating costs and the money from this kickstarter would all be gone at the day of the purchase. Ad revenue would be necessary to fund everything from that point forward.

There's no way you'll ever raise this much money.

You're probably right. This is an all-or-nothing proposition. The owner of Hackaday, Jason, is considering a revenue-sharing agreement where $250,000 would be paid up front, with $10,000 a month for 30 months after that. We don't want to do that. We want to hit the ground running, making Hackaday awesome from day one.

And really, would you contribute to a 'buy Hackaday' campaign if you knew it would stay the same (or worse) for two and a half years? We want to do the cool stuff now.

Wait, I though the owner wanted $500,000?

Yes, you're right. But there's also Indiegogo's cut. Anything left over from the purchase will go towards the rewards, setting up the LLC, and buying Caleb, Mike and other Hackaday contributors a beer. If there's a few thousand left over, we'll buy a laser cutter and give it away or something.

What might go wrong

The biggest hurdle for this campaign is getting funded. I'm pessimistic about this, but you're welcome to prove me wrong.

Apart from that, there's really nothing that will change on the user-facing side. Hackaday is already profitable, we have a great team of writers, a ravenous fan base, and more hacks showing up in our tip line than we could ever hope to publish. The only thing that's missing is our independence, and with enough funding, we'll have that as well


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raised by 363 people in 8 days
6% funded
No time left
$540,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $540,000USD funding goal by the deadline.
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This campaign ended on July 22, 2013
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  • $1USD
    The Being Awesome Perk

    You're awesome. Take pride in knowing that you helped contribute to hackaday! We will dedicate one character of an article to your honor. You'll have to figure out which one.

    62 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    A Sticker!

    Get an awesome small hackaday sticker! This is silk screened black and white. That, and you'll know you helped keep hackaday real.

    108 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    A Sticker for a Supporter

    Get your name on the supporters page under the title of "Tightwads that love hackaday". You also get a sticker, of course.

    56 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    Your name in [brackets]

    Get your name on the supporters page under the title of "Tightwads that love hackaday", With this reward, your name will be in [brackets]. Oh, we'll also give you two stickers.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Custom Vinyl Logo!

    Along with the $75 reward, you'll get the classic Hackaday Skull 'n Wrenches in a custom cut vinyl logo. This will last on your car or project for years in the rain and sun! At least until someone tries to peel it off, that is. Don't worry! It's impossible to remove without destroying it!

    28 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD
    An Official Supporter

    Get listed in the "supporter" page and live among the ranks of those who helped Hackaday spread its wings. We'll even link to something! Of course you also get a sticker and a vinyl decal.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    The Founder's Shirt

    A limited edition Hackaday t-shirt for the awesome 500 founders.You'll get to vote on the design once this Campaign is over. Only available to backers. Once they're gone, this shirt will never be made again. We'll throw in a few stickers and a vinyl decal as well.

    7 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The front page of Hackaday

    Your name and link in the footer of the Hackaday front page forever! Because that's how awesome you are. You're also on the supporter's page with all the other cheapskates.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $5,000USD
    A Pic and a Link

    You get a graphic on the main page footer and the supporters page. Want to do some advertising? This might be the place to start.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $10,000USD
    SEO! SEO Right Here!

    Your name, logo, and link will be on the side bar for a year. Yes, corporate people, this is the one you want

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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