I am one of the first users of the Homey. The pitch of Athom showing the potential of Homey and their ideas were great.
Being one of the first and them telling that it contained bugs still, didn’t throw me off and I accepted it. But after running into a lot of issues together with the poor communications (only status updates and promisses that weren’t kept) and the fact that they said that they would disable the desktop app, I unplugged the device and bought myself a Rasbarry Pi.
Now, a long time later, I thought I would give it a try again. Paid 300 Euros for it, I thought that after this many time, the product would be stable and a real mass consumer product. A product for everyone and not only the geeks/nerds.
Everything up and running again (moved the devices from Dom…cz to Homey again) and back on the commuity forum. It is like I have never left. Everything is still the same (looking at the V2 discussion as an example).
To me it is obvious. Look, it is not my company and for sure it is up to them what their strategy should be. I also don’t know their financial status, the sales, costs etc. So I am not hold back by any knowledge (company ins and outs). But this would be my suggestion: Make Homey software Open Source.
Athom sells hardware. That is their revenue. The software is needed to sell the product, right?
Why not make the software Open Source? I think I can say safely that the software is a painfull process at Athom.
Look at the .NET Core open source project. Due to the fact that they made it open source, the project is sky rocketing. A company maintains the main repository and a huge amount of people are helping (pull requests etc.)
The quality and speed of innovation is high.
I don’t expect any response of Athom to reply. Would be nice to hear their motivation to keep it propriaty in stead of open source. Are they afraid of clones?
Maybe they should fear other competitors more (like Google and Amazon).