In the latest Arist update, backers were surprised to hear all about a new, “modular” machine design. [As discussed previously the renderings show a machine that’s the product of an iMac having offspring with an Nespresso.]
We believe NBition used to be a crap-tastic app developer on Windows mobile. To get a feel of what kind of products NBition may have produced around April 2014, look here and here. This great app by “ToSavour” which we believe is another NBition alias is an Asian photo porn app. Another set of apps seemingly blatantly copies from Flipboard’s brand name and logo: here and here.
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Arist released an update today which many of us thought we’d be as likely to see as a unicorn in the wild. I guess we were wrong. The thing is, the update was posted in a backer only update, and Arist is threatening legal action against anyone who says anything. Or shows anything. Now, I didn’t sign a non-disclosure agreement. Nor do I think they’re going to successfully prosecute me from Hong Kong. However, there was a sappy statement about how “they trust the backers and know we want them to succeed, so please don’t share the info.” I’ll say a few things that are public knowledge or already posted, and then I’ll comment on it. Continue reading The Unicorn Arist Update Came Today
- Nelson is running a consultancy business that helps Hong Kong individuals raise money on Kickstarter. www.kickstarthk.com
Just by looking at the site you know that this guy has very little professionalism and he focuses not on the innovation of the product, but the packaging and marketing of the fund raising campaign itself.
- According to the following HK news article Nelson takes a 30% cut of whatever the client raises on Kickstarter: http://startupbeat.hkej.com/…
This home-barista thread contains ongoing commentary about the Arist project starting right when the project was announced. Major events include the Scanomat IP claims, serious inconsistencies in the design features, and an analysis of the “parts breakdown” poster showing it’s cobbled together from random junk.
- The last Kickstarter update was on February 18th, 2015. Since then, however, the creators have had time to launch a completely new website. Yet they claim they are too busy to communicate with those that contributed over $800,000 to their project.
- Not only are they building potempkin websites, but Nelson and Benson Chiu also run a coffee tasting/making class see www.tosavour.com. The address is 50-56 Paterson Street, Unit 1A, Causeway Bay. Hong Kong. It’s also their office, and clearly many of the promo photos for Arist came from there.
This shop has nothing to do with the tech business… Basically these side businesses, media coverage, and marketing bullshit have sucked out the time for this 2-men team and I wonder whether they have any time and energy left to put on the product itself (which is already something out of their expertise).