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* **Jun** - (ISD) Meeting with VP at Sony. Met in person 4 times over 8 months but did not close.
* **Jul** - Group support added to Trovebox.
* **Jul** - Received 2nd year Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship.
* **Aug** - (ISD) Meeting with Directors initiated by EVP at Western Digital. This would result in numerous meetings finalizing in an acquisition a year later.
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* **Sep** - (ISD) Meeting with VP at Roku. Had 2 calls but did not close.
* **Oct** - Switched Trovebox from consumers to businesses.
* **Dec** - Released Trovebox Collect.
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* **Mar** - Reached out to prior ISD contacts about opportunities and Western Digital was interested. This resulted in a meeting with about 15 key people from Western Digital's Branded Products group.
* **Apr** - Prototyped Trovebox running on a Western Digital MyCloud device. Demo'ed to Western Digital.
* **May** - Prototyped Trovebox running on a Netgear ReadyNAS device. Demo'ed to Netgear.
* **Jun** - Signed Letter of Intent from Western Digital to be acquired.
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layout: post
title: "My Shuttleworth Fellowship"
description: "Thoughts on my 2 year Shuttleworth Fellowship"
category: articles
logo: skip
tags: [technology,article]
image:
feature: main-shuttleworth-converse.jpg
credit: Jason Hudson
creditlink: https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/
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> [We are the Shuttleworth Foundation and we fund people who are unafraid to re-imagine the world
and the way we live in it.](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/)
There exists in Cape Town, South Africa a small group of people taking bold risks by investing in people ambitious enough to change the world through openness. I only came to know about the [Shuttleworth Foundation](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/) in 2012 while we were looking for [funding sources](../fundraising/). It's founded and funded by entrepreneur [Mark Shuttleworth](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Shuttleworth).
<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/54762523" width="500" height="281" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
On the surface the Foundation looks like part venture capitalist and foundational grant institution. It's an accurate description but to say that's *all* the Foundation is would be a gross understatement.
Bi-annually the Foundation gives up to 3 years of fellowship to individuals working on something [in an open manner](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/thinking/thinking-openness/). That includes openness in education, science, data, government, software and more. The Foundation measures success not in dollars but in positive social change.
## My fellowship for Trovebox
[My fellowship](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/fellows/jaisen-mathai/) was for [Trovebox](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trovebox) (originally OpenPhoto). We set out to make possible the preservation of digital photo archives for posterity. Openness is innate to solving that problem. Ideas like data ownership and portability need to be cornerstones; not an afterthought. Our approach of open sourcing our software and experimenting with distributed storage for digital media are what made it a good fit to receive a fellowship.
## A mix of funding and community
> I came for the money and stayed for the community. -- Me
It's impossible to know how the community plays into a fellowship until you arrive at your first Gathering. The Foundation has bi-annual Gatherings where every fellow, current and alumni, converge in a single location. It's a week crammed together in a room talking about everyone's projects or around a dinner table discussing everything from the [lack of transparency at large corporations](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/fellows/johnny-west/) to [putting educational materials into the hands of the poor in South Africa](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/fellows/arthur-atwell/).
<figure>
<img src="/images/photos/2013-11-12-gathering-edinburgh.jpg" alt="image" /></a>
<figcaption>At a Gathering in Edinburgh, Scotland. Credit <a href="https://shuttleworthfoundation.org">Jason Hudson</a>.</figcaption>
</figure>
I've been surrounded by brilliance at many points in my life but I've never been inspired like I am when I'm with this group of people. The support system between fellows was unparalleled.
## Experimenting is in the DNA
Each fellowship is unique despite sharing a common thread of openness. The Foundation understands that to get from point A to point B you might have to go through point C. And some of those times you end up at point Z which was more interesting than point B in the first place. I appreciated that they were always supportive of experimenting and changing course as a result.
I recall my fellowship and some of the changes we made which led me to feel we weren't making any progress. The Foundation remained patient and supportive as I eventually found my way back to where I started. But this time I arrived equipped with a war chest of knowledge and a completely new and novel approach.
> It took us 3 years but it had to take us three years. - Me
Most amazingly I remember talking to Helen and Karien in Budapest at the Gathering in May of 2014 about my contemplation of not applying for a third fellowship. I was excited about what we learned and the new approach we had at making permanence of media archives possible. At the same time I was exhausted and couldn't see the path to sustainability. I'll never forget Helen's response urging me to apply again. That's not the type of commitment or support you come across often.
Ultimately I decided not to apply; one of the most difficult decisions during [this journey](../../openphoto-trovebox/).
## Becoming an alumni
By now I've been an alumni for just over a week. The Foundation published [Arthur and my exit from the fellowship program](https://shuttleworthfoundation.org/thinking/thinking-fellowship-exit-2014/) on their site today. Reading that page and watching the video made the transition from my fellowship and the next chapter quite concrete.
<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/103912044" width="500" height="281" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
It's hard to put into words how much my fellowship meant to me and how much I learned as a result. As I continue towards our original goal of permanence for digital media I'll do it with more openness, more ambition and with the support of a small army of people around the world.
Once a fellow, always a fellow.
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