We’re excited to report that we’ve officially zoomed past our second crowdfunding milestone of $50,000 raised! In less than three weeks, more than 90 new collectors have joined hobbyDB as owners. Many of these folks are also volunteers who lend their time and expertise to help improve hobbyDB each and every day.
As promised, we decided to make this crowdfunding round a short one. So, we’ll be closing Round Two by Friday, Dec. 4. It’s not too late to stake your claim in the collect-o-verse and join us in our mission to build the ultimate resource for collectors worldwide. To ensure everyone has a chance to opt in, we kept our minimum investment low at $100, and set the overall valuation at a fair price for our volunteers. Our next milestone is to add 100 more owners before the close of this round. When you invest in us, you are buying actual shares of the hobbyDB that you believe in. And as an owner, if we do well, so do you.
And we’re already well on our way. By providing official archives and price guides to some of the biggest collectible brands in the world (such as Hard Rock Cafe and Funko), we’re quickly gaining momentum as THE ultimate resource for collectors and fans everywhere. Get to know some of our newest owners and why they decided to invest here.
Introducing the new hobbyDB Vision App!
Since the beginning, one of our most requested features has been a native mobile application. We are excited to report that one of our crowdfunding investors, Zack Fisher, has gone above and beyond to create the first version of our new app.
The beta version’s initial technology is a simple UPC scanner. Very soon you’ll be able to scan any barcode and if it matches a UPC in the database, the item will immediately load in your web browser. From there you’ll be able to interact with the item as you would expect: adding it to your collection or doing a little research on the details and current value. The beta version will initially run on iOS devices as 60 percent of our members use iPhones, but we’ve got our eyes set on an Android release soon.
We are excited to share that our iOS application is almost ready for release. Once Apple approves our submission it will be immediately available to anyone using an iPhone. As an additional perk to being a shareholder or volunteer, we can provide early access to the app through Apple’s Test Flight system. If you are interested in using the app before the official release, please let us know.