Hi everyone, I’m so excited to deliver this update to you! This has been emailed to everyone who signed up, so if you did not receive it in your inbox (and you wanted to), please let us know.
Here is what we have been up to in the past month.
- We have successfully incorporated as a Non-Profit entity in Australia! This will:
- Guarantee not-for-profit status and its associated restrictions
- Prevent the company from ever being sold off to a for-profit
- Prevent itself from ever not being a charity
- Provide a framework for the volunteers to contribute IP
- Allow us to collect donations when that time comes
There were some of you who were vocal about our yet-to-be legal status here in the forums, so thank you for igniting that conversation and giving us the nudge we needed. And let us use this as a great example of how YOU too can have your input into Couchers.org. You may not have the time to volunteer like our core team of volunteers, but we check these threads in the forums regularly to ensure we are on the right track and to find and implement some great ideas.
- We have brought on a bunch of new expert volunteers (welcome!), so looking promising as ever to publicly release the platform in about 3 months!
While we are here, we want to give a BIG shout-out and round of applause to the hard-working core team of volunteers - it’s not easy juggling jobs and life as it is, so adding in Couchers.org into the mix is HUGELY appreciated - thanks, everyone!
If you have experience organising events and other activities, have a large couch-surfing network, or are interested in spreading the word about Couchers.org, we’d love to chat one-on-one with you!
We are also always looking for software engineers (backend and frontend), UI/UX designers, and others who can help build the platform. Even 5 hours a week can make a difference!
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help out in any way!
- We have a launch timeline (very general, but aiming to keep to it)…!
[ALPHA] - August 18th - First available release, with limited features and a rudimentary UI
[BETA] - in ~2 Months - This will be the version once the UI/UX design team has integrated their input into the site
[INITIAL RELEASE] - in ~3 Months - First usable product with all the core features you’ve come to love from other hospitality exchange platforms
Baby Alpha is not for launch purposes, but rather for you to try out and have a poke around and tell us what you think. Once we have that ready for the real world, we’ll notify you via email so you can hop on if you are interested… it’s totally cool if you’re not, and just prefer to wait for the Initial Release version!
The Alpha version will have the following: profiles, photos, messaging, requesting hosts, references, and search. This is for Couchers.org members, accessible only via the forum. If you decide to share with a mate, remind them to sign up first!
The success of this project depends on the whole community, so do reach out to your friends to spread the word about us!
Well, that’s all folks! We have been quite busy, but with this project coming close to fruition, the energy and excitement are undeniable!
Feel free to ask us questions or just chat about this update below! We’d love to hear what you think!