There are just 3 of us. We're currently based in Warsaw, Poland. Me and Bartek are programmers that can build everything - it's always just a matter of time that we need to spend on a certain project. Karolina (my girlfriend) knows everything about Shoujo Manga and she is our guide. We're working as a team for 5 years now. The idea of Mangaido has started in the Fall of 2014. At the beginning we wanted to host Shoujo Manga of a biggest Japanese publishers (kind of Spotify for Manga) (old video: http://youtu.be/8UbVyapGB-k ). We had opportunity to take lot of money for this project from European venture capitals but we decided to take everything on ourselves. At the beginning of 2015 we flew to Tokyo to talk with Kodansha, Hakusensha, Shueisha, Kadokawa and some other publishers. Of course, all of them were not interested in further cooperation and they didn't seen any serious opportunity in such idea. Then, we went to Tokyo's Comiket and we saw thousands of amateur Japanese artists that was publishing by themselves their awesome comic series. We changed the idea of Mangaido and from that point we started to build website where artists from all over the world could publish their comic series to be translated to other languages by community. First version of Mangaido was ready at Fall of 2015 but we finished translation tool at the fall of 2016. This is the strongest side of Mangaido - translation tool. At the begining of spring 2017 we published our coin system and from now on every comic creator can earn money via our website. I am sure that at the end of 2017 we will grow to a big community of translators willing to help amateur artists by translating their artworks in couple of hours and that we gather here lots of talented artists. We're 100% committed to our mission - help artists by translations and good earning platform.
It was a pleasure to meet you in real life @KapitanLLP at #pyrkon2017
We got new better search engine!!! :D Now we're working on improving our tagging system. If you have any ideas or suggestions let me know :)
New changes!!! Now we have "Feed" for logged out users and "Following" section with posts of people you follow. Next things we will work on: Advanced search - searching for users, comic series and novels. Also we want to add better tagging system for artworks with main categories.
Quick update! Recently we added: coin system, translation app improvments, big publish buttons, uploader form for chapter images, new faster server and adult section! That's all. There is much much more to be done so I'm going back to my keyboard :-P
I accidentally deleted my previous post with comments. Sorry :P
We're looking for people that would like to join Mangaido team and help us reaching readers and creators from Japan, China, South Korea, Philippines and Indonesia. If you're from one of those countries and you would like to do something great together with us, let me know.
Earn money with us! Info for comic series creators => http://mangaido.com/en/static_pages/earn_money_with_us
We just pushed new version of Mangaido with payments. We're now checking if everything is working ok but from now on you can earn money on your comic series :D I'll prepare some video about it. For now some info on the bottom of out ToS: http://mangaido.com/en/terms_of_service
Sorry for being so silent for last days but we're finishing next biiiiig update for Mangaido which, I hope, will make you, our artists, very happy. Seriously, I can't wait to show you what we got for you :D
Thanks to message that I got from @nyanfood from DeviantArt I started some changes on website to promote the thing that is unique here - translations of comic series. I just add comic series and translations on homepage. Now me, Karolina and Bartek will work on informational video about translation tool that we will add on homepage also.
We just enabled new homepage for Mangaido. This is not the final version. We'll work on it now to make browsing more pleasant (showing enlarged images without having need to scrolling again when going back to homepage). But... you can see that now there is magical algorithm of Ginza hot images.
For couple of days you can be sure to see some further changes on homepage. We also thinking very deeply about introducing some major categories to easily browse artworks. Oh boy... so much to do :D