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Invest in KubeSail, Inc

Host apps and media from the home or office with the PiBox

Highlights

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πŸš€ Complete solution to self-hosting: hardware + subscription (apps, backups, remote access)
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πŸ—οΈ 2 person computer company: low overhead, high margins, huge market
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πŸ‘οΈ Vision: An alternative to crypto: distribute the web by shipping web-servers! Web4?
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πŸ’ͺ Team: YCombinator S19 & founders from Stripe and Imgur
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πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ Community: Our number one focus is building a pool of very happy fans
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πŸ€– Hard problems solved: Custom boards & cases, developer platform, tunneling infrastructure, etc

Our Team

We originally formed KubeSail as a consultancy to help developers keep skills independent from big cloud providers. We realized that a smaller and smaller fraction of people know how to host content on the internet, which felt urgent. Upon discovering the self-hosting movement, we knew a turn-key product could turn this hobby into an industry.

The Pitch

Check out our commercial:

And the review from YouTuber Jeff Geerling:

We've improved the hardware and on-boarding considerably since that video premiered, and we're excited for new reviews which are currently in progress. Our new metal cases and boards are fully manufactured in China, instead of 3d printed and soldiered in our basements πŸ˜‰

Common use-cases

Our customers are fairly split between several large apps and use-cases. Photostructure, an open-source replacement for Google Photos is very popular, as well as Jellyfin, a smart-TV-compatible media server. German customers, for example, are extremely keen to keep their media away from social media companies. I do the family cooking, so I love Tandoor Recipes, a recipe-site-scraping app that downloads recipes and helps maintain a shopping list. Our earliest and more technical customers write custom apps and use our tools to deploy and access them. Like the Personal Computer, it's quite hard to explain the potential use-case of a Personal Server -- however, we need our analog to Word Processing. To that end, we're initially focusing on private photo/video storage and general file-backup use-case.

An open-source app store

We've built a market place for self-hosted apps at https://kubesail.com/templates

Our long term vision is to enable open-source software developers to resell our hardware pre-loaded with with their app, and to enable open-source consumer software to emerge as an entirely new marketplace. "Apps" on KubeSail are Kubernetes apps: an extremely powerful enterprise-grade open-source cloud infrastructure tool. Developers selling software to enterprises need to make only trivial changes to be able to sell to an entirely new category of customer.

Want to be a customer?

We're currently shipping orders! Place and order now at https://pibox.io or invest above $2,500 and we'll send you a PiBox for free. Have a spare PC? You can use our free tier to start hosting apps at home today!

Photos

Glamour shot of a PiBox

KubeSail is a YCombinator S19 Company

We've built a reliable assembly and QA procedure - ready to scale!

We'd love to chat with you and answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Overview