I disagree. You put the bar higher than necessary here IMO and I think celebration is already in order, while I’m also holding that until we see what is actually realised by the end of the round.
Raising £1m is without doubt fantastic news for the project. Certainly £2m will be even better, I agree, but MaidSafe set these levels for a reason, and we are not privy to all the options and other things they are working on in this regard. Some will always paint things negatively, but there is no reason (I use the word precisely) to do so if £1m is raised - and I think that is the tone of “nothing to celebrate” so I take issue with that. Others will paint this negatively regardless, but joining in with that can only help them harm the image of the project. That isn’t to say we should see everything positively, we can all have our opinion and share it of course. However…
David has already said that the amount available affects how long rather than whether or not, until delivery.
Nick has said they envisage being able to double the team with £1m, so that is a major impact IMO. It also shows their confidence in technical terms - because much of this money will be spent on outreach and marketing that would be wasted if the system itself was not technically ready.
We also have the vote of confidence from a significant commercial partner. This is not finalised yet, and things certainly can unravel due to unforeseen events in my experience, but that does seem unlikely given the partner has invested. Clearly both parties are committed to this deal, and when that deal is done and everyone gets to learn what it means in practice, I think we will have even more reasons to put on the rose coloured
After a long haul, MaidSafe deciding to seek and pass the £1m minimum seems very positive to me. I’ve followed this project daily since January 2014 which is a helpful perspective - many ups, downs, uncertainties and tangible outputs along the way. There will probably be further dips, but at this point it looks and feels to me like more and more things are coming together in positive ways.
The braintrust here should be asking what needs to be done to reach 2 million. Nobody is asking. Its not time to rest.
This I agree with. Let’s keep doing what we can to boost this. I will be doing that of course.