A) I think canonical/mark should of funded this and then sold the phones via ubuntu to make a profit or simply get their investment back.
B) I dont mind small start ups with no other ability to get start up capital using crowd sourcing to raise capital. it leaves a bad taste when a billionaire isnt willing to invest in 40000 units in an industry selling almost a billion phones a year.
C) Since canonical took the crowd sourcing route why on earth did they need a 3rd party like indiegogo instead of hosting and processing this themselves. Over a million saved in money not going to indigogo and over half the money saved in paypal/credit card fees doing it yourself.