#savechew - help save our community
I'm Wil. I'm co-founder and CEO of a technology startup called Chew. We're the DJs' livestreaming platform - a website, community and collective that connects DJs, producers and content creators in music with a global, engaged audience.
We're a small team, based in London, UK, who are building this business because we want to help people like us - we're amateur DJs, record label managers and fans outside of work.
Why we're on GoFundMe
At the end of December last year, we discovered our infrastructure had been misused. Pirates(s) had used Chew’s platform to illegally rebroadcast a major sporting event — streaming their live content on our infrastructure, while delivering it on their own ad-supported websites.
You can read about what happened here.
We're here on GoFundMe because our users and the wider community asked us to keep fighting. It's that simple.
How can you help?
The cost of what happened is more than we can afford as a business and we're facing closure if we can't raise the funds to cover this financial shortfall.
I've set the target for this campaign to cover raising the £11,000 as well as covering the GoFundMe fees (£11,000 x 7.68% = £844.8, as well as 24p per donation received - more here) - but anything raised over the campaign goal will go towards our larger target goal.
If you are a Chew user, please also sign up for a subscription: chew.tv/account/billing
We need 400 extra subscribers on our subscription tier to cover our infrastructure costs moving forward. This is really important - if we can't cover our costs, none of this matters!
We don't know what sort of timeframes we're working with - but if we can demonstrate the community's willing to back us, we may have longer to raise the money we need from investors (as well as asking for more time from our infrastructure provider).
How to get involved
If you're able to donate towards this goal, you'll help keep our community alive and Chew in business. Every donation - no matter how small or large - helps.
If you can't donate, please share the blogpost:
If we're unsuccessful
If this doesn't work, we'll refund your donations (and subscriptions). It'd be a sad day for the Chew team, users and wider community - but we're not going down without a fight.
Thank you. Whatever happens, the community support has been incredible.
Wil, Sam, Alex and Andy (the Chew team)
End of another week. Thank you all for your continuing support :)
I'm doing a bit of offline fundraising at the moment, to supplement your incredible support. In the meantime, please keep the shares and donations coming:
Again, if you're a Chew user, please subscribe: chew.tv/account/billing (or email wil at chew dot tv for our other payment options).
Have a great weekend - I'll be in touch next week!
We're making great progress with the infrastructure provider and, with your incredibly generous support, have started making progress on paying off some of our outstanding debt too! THANK YOU for all your support.
Banging the Chew subscriber drum again - if you are a Chew user who haven't signed up yet, please do so as soon as possible.
Follow these instructions: https://slack-files.com/T0JNL2P0X-F4FG1E0JW-289f6e0122
Without the subscribers, we are clearing historical debt but moving no closer to covering our costs moving forward.
As always, please keep the shares coming - not far off that 1,000 figure (and every share really, really does help)
We've raised £7,500 in just under a week. Such amazing, amazing progress - thank you to everyone who's helped so far :)
Please keep sharing (we're not far 1,000 GoFundMe campaign shares!): https://twitter.com/home?status=%23SaveChew%20-%20Keep%20the%20decks%20spinning%20at%20%40chewofficial%3A%20https%3A//blog.chew.tv/one-more-tune-6b3fbe828405%23.mjre6lfkd
If you're a Chew user, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A SUB!
You can subscribe on the site via: https://chew.tv/account/billing
Or follow instructions for manual sign ups here: https://slack-files.com/T0JNL2P0X-F4FG1E0JW-289f6e0122
Have a great weekend, and please keep the #savechew support coming :)
Please keep all of the above coming - but if you're a Chew user and have yet to subscribe PLEASE SIGN UP!
You can subscribe via: https://chew.tv/account/billing
We have now added Paypal integration for subs, too. Find the info for how to get started here: http://tinyurl.com/chewpaypal
I also discovered our Mashable post had been published (as you do!) earlier today. Read the profile (and feel free to share): http://mashable.com/2017/03/06/bringing-djs-together
Finally, here's the pre-filled tweet link again :)
On a personal note Chew has helped me through some rough days. being able to login and hear such talented DJs and spend time with new and old friends online makes a difference to so many of us. You guys keep fighting and you will win this battle . ♥ Look forward to seeing that £12k target smashed. !
I have been a part of this community for 2 years now. What Chew.TV offers for the streaming DJ and their viewers is hands down the best and only "real" choice to make. I have never seen a more hands on approach by the owners and developers to work with the community to add what we need to help us promote one another and do what we love to do. The community and Chew.Tv are amazing please support the cause!
Please Make sure when you donate that you do so non anonymously so I can send out promotional Items listed in my fb post "The next 10 donations of $50 I will personally send you A collection of production/samples The next donation of $150 I will send you MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium with all vsts, midi and sample packs $500 or more I will build a full website complete with e-store domain name of your choice (if available) paid for 1 year