Quanta Donation History
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In the start of 2000 I hooked up with the original developers to help define the interface and goals of Quanta. In the spring of that year it became clear that they would not have access to the internet from college and could not get it where they were living. I began sponsoring them to pay for a new place, phone and internet access. I also helped them to get a second computer. Late in 2000 I was stiffed on two contracts with established clients who didn't pay. I was unable to continue. That eventually ended our relationship the following year and is another story. Quanta development was slow and pretty much stopped early 2001 except for some small bug fixes. December 2001 I met Andras Mantia and we explored a business relationship. He brought Quanta up to a full 2.0 status just before KDE 3 was released.
Andras has been invaluable to this project. He moved from Finland back to his home in Romania and I began looking for financial resources to bring him in. Due to delays he began looking for work. Due to understandable frustration he did very little programming. In July we began again and I began paying him what he needed to live. It amounts to a fraction it would cost if he lived somewhere else. I salute Andras for his passion and commitment. I am committed to him financially if I have to run and swim from Oregon to Romania to get him his money. He deserves every penny times 10!
Understand that our full time coders out produce volunteers by 10 to 1 and as much as 100 to 1 for reasons that should be obvious. How much time do you have and how well do you function if you see something complicated once a week as opposed to daily?
To date Quanta has received some donations. More is needed. In August of 2001 I lost my mother tragically to a surprise pulmonary embolism. Prior to that I had been involved with a startup company that failed and after that I was too depressed to do anything but sell catnip for a few months. While our business prospects look very good right now I'd like to make the point that I'm sure there are professional web developers using Quanta who have more discretionary income than I have had the last year with my business startup expenses. After a number of small reversals in early 2003 I was diagnosed with Typhoid Fever and ended up ordered to bed rest for nearly six weeks total. As I'm self employed and have not yet bought health insurance this cost me thousands of dollars in immediate expense, out clinic bills and lost income. The thousands of dollars I've spent on Quanta development should never have been an issue for me...
As of April/May of 2003 we saw something amazing! There was an article about us on the Dot that caused an unprecedented level of donations! I can only say thank you everyone. This enabled us to make our sponsorship payments for two months without having to come up with personal income. That was particularly good since we needed to borrow money during that period to live due to my illness. (see above) We also saw two people step up and assume responsibility to sponsor the project for significant monthly amounts. Through the end of 2003 we were finally seeing substantial help. 2004 started slow except for picking up a new sponsor who effectively enabled Andras to get a well deserved 25% raise bringing him back in line with an income that is right for where he lives. As of the second quarter of 2004 we will be sponsoring at least one new developer. With your support that could be more.
You really can make a difference... or at the very least help me to continue my dream of bringing you the very best tool anywhere with much less stress. Our dream is to expand and develop other useful apps too. We love doing this... it's just a matter of the smallest amount of ongoing community support to make it happen.
Quanta donation page - here
Uses of donations and funding report - here
Quanta merchandise - here