To continue on from the previous post, JellyChip was a long time coming. Let's continue the story of how we came to where we are today.
Why did I decide to make JellyChip?
JellyChip is a product that the world needs. The world is yearning for a solution to a charity sector devoid of digital innovation, a social media industry that’s lost sight of “meaningful connections” and a world where companies get data by nefarious means but still cannot translate that data into better business decisions.
As previously mentioned, JellyChip was made as a natural evolution to Pocket Rice. Obviously my ambition went through the roof after the success of Pocket Rice, and JellyChip transformed from a simple charity app with a social element, to the full-blown social charity app we see today. Group Chat, image upload, likes, Public Chat, stats, Profiles, friends and group giving. We may have made something a little “too large” in JellyChip compared to our initial visions for the app (something I remind the team daily) but I believe every feature has added to its marketability.
JellyChip is truly needed by the world and we look forward to changing the world this year. The idea of “free charity” in itself is a ridiculous one but that’s what we think the future of charity looks like - wealth redistribution that seeks to find alternate ways to fund change. Either that’s directly taking donations or a byproduct of a service, or making a service pay completely for the charity. With JellyChip, our survey site found at corporate.jellychip.com will one day pay for our entire charity giving.
With millions of users we should make millions of dollars from surveys purchased by companies across the world needing to make decisions, and asking our users questions. In return, every single gift a user purchases we will pay for - if 1 million users buy 1 million charity gifts we’ll pay for it. Our mathematical formula on the “points economy” at JellyChip (gifts are purchased with points) means that we should be able to fully afford each gift ourselves from surveys and become a sustainable organisation for radical change. Doesn’t that sound good?
What made me give up my day job to work on JellyChip full-time?
Realising that we could finance change through market research really encouraged me to quit my job to pursue and create JellyChip. Make no mistake, living on an extreme budget for 3 years has not been fun - but it’s taken that long to get JellyChip “right”. Now we’ve developed the platform and are now ready to scale, I feel more verified in having quit my safe job to change the world. Nothing is ever easy and I’ve learned a very important lesson in creating the network - if society and your friends see what you’re doing as “against the grain” or counter to the accepted norm, it’s probably worth striving for.
Sometimes I wish I’d kept my day job and been verified by society and friends to obtain company successes, been promoted and respected. But that’s the kind of life that sucks away the soul and has zero meaning, to me at least. I could imagine nothing worse than a corporate job which meant nothing to anybody and provided a service that anybody could do. Life is too short to be living somebody else’s life (Steve Jobs) and I’m the kind of guy to bust down walls and change the fabric of how we live in order to make things better for everyone.
How did I feel upon launching the app?
We launched the app in September 2016, but I feel like we have relaunched the app every month since. JellyChip needs constant fixing and updates, and I’m a perfectionist. Whilst the app may not look this from the outset it’s taken a long time to get it to the “stable” state we see it in now. I’m happy to have launched the app now and be in a state as of April 2017 where we are ready to conquer the world, to bring JellyChip to millions of people and charities and companies. It’s been a long journey but it’s now time to reap what we’ve sown. I’m proud of JellyChip and the team and know that launching the app was an important first step for them as well. Now it’s onto stabilising the platform further and scaling our servers for millions of active users on JellyChip.
What is my vision for JellyChip?
To see the JellyChip charity network transform lives across the world: planting trees, building schools and hospitals, feeding children and providing clean water to people across all nations. JellyChip will grow organically from users that love what we do and we have physically started in the Philippines to promote this. We want to be the go-to digital platform for charities across the world that want to use the internet and mobile technology to better impact their own areas of impact, and users who want to make a free impact. We want to be the go-to digital platform for companies across the world looking for better market research and ways to contact their own customers/audience directly, at the cheapest cost, with the added benefit of making a difference.
It’s important to have a huge vision for JellyChip as the app has limitless potential. In 3-5 years we could truly be changing the world and making a significant difference. If we were the future of charity giving, that would be an incredibly exciting thought indeed. It’s possible.
How did I feel giving my first charity gift? What was it?
It was a “Nutrition Program” gift from Lasallian for communities in Tamil Nadu, India. Amazingly I wasn’t the first person to buy the gift - it was a friend of mine. Which was amazing because I hadn’t even asked him to do so. What was exciting was watching how people used the platform. Often they bought the cheapest gifts because they were most accessible to the user but some saved up for the most expensive gifts to show off to their friends. Back to the question, when we paid Lasallian for this gift purchase among the others for that month - they were amazed that our concept worked! We told them it would and that this was a “proof of concept.” One day we’ll provide them seriously big donations. That time will still come but I’m believing this first gift was the first of many to come. It was a great feeling.
Describe how seeing the help I give to charities makes me feel?
It’s an amazing feeling - that something so intangible like JellyChip could make something so tangible. As a team we’re very proud to see the kind of change we’re making and we know that these early impacts are going to define our huge impacts later on. We’re right now creating ripples across the world but we look forward to truly shaking the planet in the months to come. The idea of “free charity”, coupled with a community of givers interconnected by “meaningful connections”, coupled with surveys that are confidential and revolutionary - is going to make a force for good that the world has not yet seen.
We’re excited to change lives.