We've made the decision to finally upload an assortment of receipts from our charities on JellyChip. You can find them over at www.jellychip.com/charity. Why have we done this? Well it's a very long story so let me explain.
So we all know JellyChip is a really great idea, but where is the proof? Now that’s the age old question that's bugged us since day one. The question is fine - it’s just what lies behind the question is problematic. As we try and find balance between “cool” and “transparent”, we’ve had to make choices that define the JellyChip platform.
Now we know JellyChip is an awesome idea. The idea that you can give to charity for free and we pay for the gifts. The idea that surveys and ads pay for all our charity gifts, providing value to our survey creators and ad providers, and in the process saving a life halfway across the world. Amazing! On a grander scale, I see us having the ability to change the world if the world was on JellyChip. This will be JellyChip in one year.
However, therein comes the issue of trust. People trust the platform’s idea, that points = money = gifts. And every gift is purchased with real money from JellyChip. But where is the proof? People 1) want to see that we actually buy the gifts they purchase, and 2) they want to see the impact of what they “bought”.
Unfortunately 2) is an issue we’re struggling to change as a small company. Given the resources of our charities, they are to-date unable to help us with providing this proof. The level of complexity involved in this process is too much for charities to offer us. In the climate of charity that we current live in, our small donations do not grant us much in the way of access to our donation impact, which is sad. Sometimes we do wish that charities would like our way and provide this assistance, but we’ll get that once our donations start to increase exponentially with our user base. This is just a timing issue.
We know that charities work incredible hard to deliver the aid they source and would rather they keep their margins effective and we’ll get the proof when we grow bigger this year.
It’s a real chicken and egg situation like much the rest of JellyChip but our platform needs to be fully complete before we can expand in all areas - user base, charity work and surveys. Something we’re currently working very hard towards.
So we’ve found the answer to 1) and begun posting a number of our charity payments/receipts on the website. It’s a rather simple way to show users that every gift on JellyChip that you “buy”, we buy. Something we’ve thought about over the past couple of years was how to prove JellyChip does what it says without becoming the standard 1.0 “socially-aware” venture we’ve seen in the past. We could provide the real world dollar value of each gift in the app but that’s 100% against the grain of what JellyChip’s all about. We’re about fun giving that’s free and easy. We had a long chat about this in the JellyChip office last week and reconfirmed our thoughts here.
So there they are - you’ll find a number of receipts on the site, in order and from a range of our charity partners. The receipts before September 2016 refers to our beta jellychip.com website which ran from December 2014 to June 2016. Everything after that has been earned by JellyCitizens directly on the app!
As we grow together and take the long and windy road to success, we need all the friends and family we can get on JellyChip changing the world. And it’s only by your immense support and courage that we’re making that happen! We’re getting the platform finished in the next two months and we thank you for your immense support and courage. The aim of the game is a stable feature-rich platform and we’re nearly there!