This week my team and I got a huge boost when the Shuttleworth Foundation renewed my Fellowship for a second year, and with it the funding that fuels Paperight. The Foundation’s brave and effective funding model means that my expenses are covered for a year, and they match my investment in Paperight many times over. (This video explains how it works.) It means we can build great quality software, hire a team, run marketing campaigns, and much more.
Here’s my video pitch for the second year’s funding, which formed part of my application for it.
I’ve wanted to do a Pecha Kucha presentation ever since I heard someone say ‘pe-chak-cha’, and even more since Jon Slack and co. put on Canon Tales at the London Book Fair in 2009. So when he and Aaron O’Dowling-Keane gave me a speaking spot at the launch of the launch of the International New Publishing Network (@INPN_Innovate), I jumped. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe I’m already halfway through my Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship. Only moments ago I was writing up highlights from the first three months. Continue reading
So, I’m three months in to my Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, which is three months into building Paperight full-time. If you don’t know, Paperight is a website that turns any business with any printer into a print-on-demand bookstore. So, what have I been doing with that time?
Yesterday, Paperight got its first full-time team member: me. I started a year as a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. The Foundation’s support transforms Paperight from a side-project at Electric Book Works into a fully fledged, funded startup. In the coming weeks I’ll fill my diary speaking to publishers, copy-shops, non-profits, librarians, and more about how they’d like to use Paperight to find or distribute books.