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Cubbit lets you access and share your data from anywhere in the world

Founded by 4 young students in Italy in 2016, Cubbit is the first distributed, peer-to-peer cloud that is free from monthly fees, expandable for free, and tamper proof thanks to its zero-knowledge cryptographic architecture. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign and it received a lot of awards for this kind of collaborative and distributed cloud storage platform with good encryption that also leverages artificial intelligence. Cubbit grants a unique set of features that go beyond the cloud, the hard drive, the NAS and anything in between. Cubbit lets you access and share your data from anywhere in the world, like every conventional cloud storage as Dropbox and ICloud, but unlike “the cloud”, it is not based on any centralized data center. Cubbit is a breakthrough: the privacy of personal storage and the comfort of the cloud, all wrapped into a smooth user experience. This is made possible by its revolutionary distributed architecture, the Cubbit Cell, a plug-and-cloud device. Files stored in Cubbit are encrypted with AES-256, fragmented in redundant chunks and safely spread over the network, so that even if your Cell goes offline for a blackout, your data is always safe, accessible anywhere, and invisible to anyone else. So Cubbit allows for an unprecedented set of advantages for users: no monthly fee, it is expandable up to 4TB just by plugging in any USB hard drive for free, it is zero-knowledge and end-to-end encrypted so that no one can access your data and it is 10x greener than conventional clouds based on data centers.
One of the founder, Alessandro Cillario, told that “Nowdays many of the services offered by conventional data centers don’t have respect for our privacy and they consume a lot of energy for their transfers. Whereas we distribute storage capacity so costs and pollution are reduced. Above all, safety is guaranteed ”. The reduction would be 87% of the carbon footprint for data storage and about 50% for energy consumption for their transfer. Connect Cubbit to your router and immediately get 1TB of cloud space (and more), completely protected, perfectly safe, accessible anywhere. Finally, due to its performing platform, Cubbit creates a distributed data center, which takes advantage for offering innovative Cloud Computing and Content Delivery services for companies and professionals.
In 2018, Cubbit partnered with the CERN and other 11 industrial/academic partners. It is also  supported by Techstars, the third most important startup accelerator in the world, and other global-class partners. It is funded by the European Commission along the H2020 framework programme.


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Crowdfunding Games: Interview with Kickstarter’s Michael Liebe, Outreach Games Europe

In May, we featured several games projects on our Facebook-page. In addition, we asked Michael Liebe for an interview and he agreed. Michael is based in Berlin and is responsible for Outreach Games for Kickstarter in Europe. He is also the head of #gamesweekberlin and founder and CEO of Booster Space.

(c) Sandy Kramer / Booster Space

Crowd-Fund-Port: You are supporting Kickstarter in the field of Games in Berlin and in Germany. What is the question most asked by the Games Developers in Crowdfunding?

Michael Liebe: As Outreach Games Europe, I am not only responsible for the German, but also for the European region. That said, my focus obviously lies on Berlin, the D-A-CH region as well as France, Spain and Poland. The most common question asked is at which stage of a project creators should start communicating (right before: Is my pledge goal reasonable?). Yet as goals are super individual, I cannot stress enough that for everybody who wants to go into self-marketing, aka independent game development and distribution, needs to start building a community and followership as soon as possible. So best start communicating that you are working on something (you do not need to reveal the details in the beginning) as soon as you start working on it. The Kickstarter campaign is a milestone within this complex of self-marketing, not the means to an end. The means of communication is your game or project!

Crowd-Fund-Port: There is a lot of support from the government for the Games Industry in Germany, the new state secretary for the Digital Agenda Doro Bär is a big supporter. What would you like the government to do more with regards to Games and Crowdfunding?

Michael Liebe: I am very happy about the development in the government to position Dorothee Bär as sort of CDO of Germany. She is a great advocate of the games industry – and not only in the field of serious games, but also in it’s pure form of entertainment. On a regional level, such as in Berlin, it is possible to combine crowdfunding funds as part of the funding mix with public grants. This is a very important fact for independent creators. I hope the German Games Fund (working title) will also allow for that. What would be awesome is that developers could announce the public grant within their crowdfunding campaign and tell a story like: if we raise this amount of money, we will get our public grant of X EUR. This is legally not possible at the moment, but would create great momentum in the community. Another thing is taxes in Europe. Like in Portugal for example Kickstarter campaigns cannot be launched due to some legislations. Also are there very few tax advisors who actually have the expertise on how to deal with the money raised on Kickstarter. This is mostly because of no clear statement of the tax offices on how to tax it (except for saying: you need to report it and tax it). Here it would be great to have a clear statement, which ideally does not apply in full amount the VAT + Income taxes, or else it diminishes the value of the money raised in a too high level.

Crowd-Fund-Port: One of the biggest game Crowdfunding campaigns was Star Citizen but they have not delivered the final game yet, even after years of development. Should the platforms do more to ensure the implementation of the campaigns?

Michael Liebe: Thats a big one. Yet, Star Citizen is an exception. It is designed to be an ongoing process and for backers it (can be) part of the fun to ongoingly be part of the development of the game. In other cases, fulfillment is not the exception but the the rule. Hence most projects are realized after the campaign was successful. As crowdfunding platforms are not a shop, there is no legal way to stress creators on fulfillment. It is part of the philosophy of crowdfunding that the community joins the adventure of creating something new.

Crowd-Fund-Port: Thank you for the interview!

*** Do you have more questions about games on Kickstarter? Get in touch with Michael via mliebe (at) kickstarter.com. ***

Interview with Lukas Angst, inventor of KEEGO, a squeezable metal bottle

KEEGO is a true innovation in sports gadgets. It is the first ever bottle made with elastic titanium. Born in Switzerland, designed and developed in Austria, produced in Denmark it is also a true European product that has fans around the globe. Founder Lukas Angst is a sportsman himself and was looking for a way to combine the all the benefits of a light and squeezable plastic bottle with the clean taste and endurance of a metal one. At the moment Lukas and his team are running a very successful Kickstarter-campaign and still there are more than three weeks left for funding. In an interview with Crowd-Fund-Port, Lukas explains the idea behind his innovative product and how he prepared for the Crowdfunding-campaign.

Crowd-Fund-Port: Lukas, you are the founder of KEEGO, an innovative drinking bottle for athletes. What’s so special about it?

Lukas: KEEGO is a sports bottle made of an entirely new material. We combine Titanium with an elastic core to create a bottle that is light, squeezable and cleaner than the usual plastic bottles.

Crowd-Fund-Port: What is the idea behind KEEGO?

Lukas: Nowadays in sports all of the gear is high-tech. Athletes often don‘t compromise when it comes to their equipment. At the same time the sports bottles have stayed the same for the last 30 years and are quite low-tech. The idea was and is to change that.

Crowd-Fund-Port: A few weeks ago you started a Crowdfunding-campaign on Kickstarter? Why?

Lukas: We were eager to get a market feedback after all this time of development. Since KEEGO has USPs that could work for many different types of athletes this is also a great chance to learn more about them and where we should plan our market entry. On the financial side the Crowdfunding campaign allows us to validate our business plan and pay some of the tools and materials needed for the first production run.

Crowd-Fund-Port: How did you prepare for the Kickstarter-campaign?

Lukas: We tried to talk to as many experienced Crowdfunders as possible and to get input wherever we could. Four months before the launch, we set up a landing page to collect leads (e-mail adresses) of potential backers. We tried out different facebook ads and targeting to drive traffic to the landing page and constantly optimized the campaign. Three months before we launched on Kickstarter, we produced the video and additional content needed for the page. About the same time we opened a Facebook group for friends and interested people, to get as much feedback as possible on various aspects of the product, the content and the campaign.

Crowd-Fund-Port: What’s the goal of the campaign?

Lukas: Our goal was 25.000 Euros and we reached this initial goal quite quickly. Soon we had set a stretch goal (60.000 Euros) and are now about to reach the second one (120.000 Euros). The goal is to just keep going and take it day by day.

Crowd-Fund-Port: After the campaign ended successfully, what are the next steps?

Lukas: We work hard to finalize the product and make sure that KEEGO out of the production meets the high requirements we have set. Once we pleased all the early backers from Kickstarter, we have to establish a stable supply chain. Additional topics are financing, team building and the go to market strategy.

Crowd-Fund-Port: Thank you for the interview and good luck with your campaign!