How Beeminder Paid for 14 Bikes

Friday, December 6, 2013
By Henrik Wist

To be honest, after reading Daniel’s comment, I wasn’t 100% sure that I’d actually get paid by Beeminder. But I had other things going on (like work) and it was night time at Beeminder HQ anyways. Turns out, when I was asleep the next night, Daniel contacted me on pretty much all available channels to figure out how to pay me. After a few emails back and forth in the morning I received the confirmation from PayPal that I had a payment of $1000 in my account. Wow. Own vs. Earn What to do with a windfall of$960 (yes, some $40 were lost due to PayPal’s transaction fees), shortly before Christmas? There are a couple of gadgets I’ve been eyeing for the last few months. The Garmin FR620, for one, coming in at$400. A GoPro Hero 3, another $400. That would still leave me with more than$150 to spend. But somehow that didn’t feel right. If I own gadgets, I want to have earned them, knowing that I worked for it.

Then how about getting rid of that slight overdraft, that crept up over the summer? That would make me reach my “Pay back overdraft” Beeminder goal pretty quickly. Still, feels wrong.

Honestly, these two thoughts on how to spend the money went as quickly as they entered my head. I knew what I’d do with the money even before I posted my comment on the Beeminder blog.

World Bicycle Relief

The thing is, it’s Holiday Season, and that is the time to give. Probably not very coincidentally, the well known Fat Cyclist has a fundraiser for the World Bicycle Relief going. This is one of the charities that I give money to on a regular basis (and have already done this year for Fatty’s Grand Slam for Zambia 5).

To cut a long story short, I made a donation of $938 for the WBR, thus giving seven bicycles to people in Zambia, courtesy of Beeminder. However, since this counts towards the “Grand Slam”, Fatty’s anonymous donor will match those seven bicycles and make it 14. Here’s the confirmation email: Dear Henrik, On behalf of World Bicycle Relief and the people we serve, please accept my sincere appreciation for your generous donation of$938.00.

World Bicycle Relief’s mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the Power of Bicycles; your gift helps mobilize people across rural Sub-Saharan Africa with simple, sustainable bicycle transportation. Your generosity helps connect children with schools, healthcare workers with patients and entrepreneurs with markets.

Thank you for sharing The Power of Bicycles!

F.K. Day,
President, Co-Founder, World Bicycle Relief

Now, should I, by any chance, win one of the bikes that Fatty organised as an incentive for his fundraiser, I’m totally going to keep it.

I would like to thank the Beeminder team for an awesome product and the courage to live up to their slip-ups each and every time.

Footnotes

[1] Correction from the Beeminder team: That’s indeed how things normally work with Beeminder but it wasn’t until UVI #150 or so that we actually came up with that! When we created this Beeminder contract for User-Visible Improvements, Beeminder was in its infancy, and not even publicly launched. So we just picked $1000 from the start in that case, and this in fact is the very first time we derailed on it — because$1000 is super motivating!

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• Emanuel Rylke

the link tittled “meta Beeminder goal” misses an .com in its href.

• http://beeminder.com Daniel Reeves

Fixed, thank you! We should add typo bounties here, like I have on http://messymatters.com