Diaspora co-founder dead at 22
The team struggled with money as it worked to release its website, despite quickly raising $200,000 in funding through venture capitalists and microfinance startup Kickstarter after being featured in The New York Times.
But a blog post from the company on Oct. 12 begged followers for more money; the company argued that PayPal had been “mysteriously and arbitrarily” freezing donations to the site. PayPal reportedly liberated the funds.
The site’s founders described Diaspora as a “distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy.” Last year, they released the first version of the site to a limited audience.
The team’s efforts even got the attention of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who donated money to the project. “I think it is cool people are trying to do it,” he told Wired. “I see a little of myself in them. It’s just their approach that the world could be better and saying, ‘We should try to do it’.”
- Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Dies At 21 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Co-founder of social network Diaspora dies (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Posted on November 14, 2011, in Government Trough and tagged Diaspora, facebook, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Kickstarter, mark zuckerberg, New York Times, PayPal, Wired. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.