[Lab] Introducing TugBits.com - a marketplace for makers.

Alexandre Castonguay acastonguay at artengine.ca
Thu Jun 9 14:36:25 EDT 2011

Hi all,

I appreciate the goals of TugBits but I would like to suggest the Open
Source Hardware or Open Hardware and Design licences and models : open
licence + store for kits.  Seems to work for ladyada?

Furthermore, if the boards and projects you host have, as a starting
point, an artwork as destination, then you could aslo get paid for
making them in the first place.



Le 11-06-08 19:30, Tom Burns a écrit :
> Hi Darcy
> I absolutely appreciate the devil's advocate.  You've brought up a great
> number of points.  Many we've considered but many we haven't, so thank you.
>  I will be taking you up on your offer.
> Cheers,
> Tom
> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:
>> I know I'm being pretty hard on you guys as a devils advocate but trust me
>> that there is only good will here.
>> Buried in all this discussion is one important statement that you actually
>> said right at the beginning:
>> "Our dream goal is to help people quit their desk jobs and pay their bills
>> doing what they love, making things".
>> If you ping me privately by email, I can arrange a meeting with a couple of
>> my business friends to see what cooks up.
>> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'd like to introduce the community to a website I've been working on with
>>> a few friends.  I would love to hear your feedback on the idea and the site,
>>> http://www.tugbits.com .
>>> Our dream goal is to help people quit their desk jobs and pay their bills
>>> doing what they love, making things.
>>> TugBits.com is a digital marketplace for makers.  You upload your design
>>> files, list them for sale, and collect money via PayPal when your item
>>> sells.  Likewise, you can use the site to find quality, reviewed designs
>>> suitable for printing on your 3d printer, milling on your CNC, running on
>>> your Arduino, etc.  Also suitable would be e-books, schematics, source code
>>> libraries and tools, etc.  Only after the PayPal transaction is the buyer
>>> able to download the files.  There are no physical items sold on the TugBits
>>> store, only files.
>>> Our goal is to help talented makers easily profit from their hard work.
>>>  We do not want to replace the existing "free/open source" model, but we
>>> want to augment it. We think that if you can get paid for your work it will
>>> compel you to go the extra step and make it that much better.  Market driven
>>> innovation.
>>> Registering and listing items is free.  We charge 25% of your gross
>>> revenue and bill monthly.  Depending on our costs and community feedback
>>> this number is probably going to change, but it's similar to the costs
>>> associated with putting an app on an app store or a musician listing with
>>> iTunes.
>>> Currently you can register on the site and list items for sale, which is
>>> what I would love for any of you interested to do.  We are in the final
>>> stages of getting PayPal to sign off on the site, at which point sellers
>>> will be able to collect money and items will be able to be sold.
>>> Please visit the site and let me know what you think!  Even if you hate
>>> it, please reply to tell me why.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Tom Burns
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