Today is an exciting, but also chaotic and very uncertain election day here in the Netherlands. As most of you might have picked up, we’ve suffered our own 9-11 crisis with the brutal killing of maverick politician Pim Fortuijn last week. He was admired for his openess (gay!) and charming but provocative way to stimulate the public debate on politics in the Netherlands. Freedom of speech has been attacked, and it is scary to witness the aggression and emotions this murder has invoked in our usually so peaceful and tolerant country.
Waiting for the ballot boxes to close, I rather put my mind to other important issues, like sharing some updates from NaN with everyone.
In the past weeks we’ve been busy finalizing the startup/spin-off for mobile technology. This is almost finished, 6 people will be starting in june. That’s good! But not very relevant for Blender users, yet. Although it indicates the NaN Holding being fit for continuation.
Discussions and meetings with companies/VC’s willing to continue the Creator/Publisher projects have been organized as well. There’s still a very serious candidate. The company is small, but has a proven track of record in the 3D industry. I’m not able to disclose names yet, but I’m sure most of you will be positively surprised! At least there’s a serious chance now a new company will pick up (parts of) the Blender projects and continue development here in the Netherlands.
As an alternative, the proposal to continue Blender as a community oriented open-source project is still on the table as well.
Decisions are still pending. I had hoped to be able to give actual news on this by now, but it looks like it will still take another month.
BTW: We all think it’s very positive how the community reorganized around www.elysiun.com. Timothy Kanters has done a hell of a job providing services and a platform for the world-wide Blender userbase. He’s a hero! We talk with him regularly, also about how to make this new community service more permananent, supported or sponsored by the new Blender companies.
More news - real news! - will follow later.