We founded Hundred Rabbits with the goal of building an audience that could sponsor the creation of high-quality free & open-source content.
The combined revenue of Patreon, and Itch, along with our minimal lifestyle, allows us to invest increasingly more time to the creation of original projects such as Grimgrains and Orca. Along with the creation of content, we have also allocated time to contributing and maintaining the open-source projects of others.
Dotgrid, like Left, was originally created to be used internally, but has now grown into something used by thousands of creators. The development of the application was done following the Bazaar Model, as opposed to the Cathedral Model, in which the source code is developed over the Internet in view of the public. It allowed for a conversation to occur between us and other Dotgrid users, seeing how differently each person used the tool revealed new directions toward which we could grow the software, and in return, new ways for us to use it as well.
Through these exchanges, we've encountered amazing people who have grown into friends and long-term collaborators.
Our intermitent internet connection makes for unpredictable release patterns, and spotty technical support, but allowing users to fix their own issues, encouraged people to learn, help each other to find solutions, and submit revisions for everyone to enjoy.
We create light-weight software to reduce our broader environmental impact.
The energy required to power tools like Xcode and Photoshop keeps growing, and the updates are large and incessant — Photoshop has long stopped adding worthwhile upgrades. Heavy software increase energy usage and shorten the lifespan of computers, resulting in ~130,000 computers ending up in the garbage annually. Planned obsolescence is another culprit, with companies hellbent on making products unfashionable so that they are promptly replaced. The greenhouse gas emissions from the production of new hardware is substantial, and so we repair older laptops to combat this trend.
All of our tools work offline, operate on low-power and older devices and operating systems. This way, we can keep creating content when off-grid, when our power and connectivity is limited.
We developed these tools out of necessity, because our situation required it, but it grew into something bigger.