Free Node.js Lessons for Everyone, Sold Out Partners and Much More
Last Monday I posted an update to say that after 12 hours, we'd reached 100% funding. A week later, we're 410% funded and 41% of the way towards our extremely ambitious stretch goal! A lot has happened, so it's time for another update. I'm going to try and keep these updates to 1-per-week for the life of the Kickstarter project (perhaps one extra at the very end). Don't want to spam you, do want to keep you in the loop with what's going on.
Learn Node.js for Free
One of the most commonly asked questions I've had so far since launching the Ghost Kickstarter campaign has been "I'm a developer, can you recommend some resources for Node.js so I can learn how to build stuff on top of Ghost?". Today I'm very very happy to announce that Code School is an official Ghost partner - and we will be giving away a free Node.js course on Code School to every single one of our backers.
Important note: We're not just doing this because they backed us at a partner level. I actually learned Node.js *from* Code School myself and they have - in my opinion - the best system in out there to learn programming. I approached *them* to set this up.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, we'll send all of you details for how you can get access to the free Node.js course from us!
Sold Out of Ghost Partners
"I've never seen the top level of Kickstarter reward sell out before … Until @TryGhost just did." - Andy Ellwood, Forbes
We're completely sold out of our top level partner-list rewards. We had some amazing companies fighting it out for the last available slot, but ultimately it was snapped up by Tucker Max - NYT Best Selling Author of 'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell'.
He joins Seth Godin, Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) and Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) on our 2,000+ strong list of incredible backers.
So, here are all the other Ghost partners who we can confirm so far!
atechmedia are an internet software development company, specialising in web applications built on top of the popular Ruby on Rails framework. They've built incredible software that you've probably already used, like CodeBase, Deploy, and Sirportly.
MarketPress is Germany’s #1 market place for WordPress Plugins & Themes. Founded by the guys behind WordPress Germany and responsible for the official German language translation. They're also the people behind the world's most popular WordPress backup plugin: BackWPup.
SingleHop is a leading global provider of hosted IT infrastructure and Cloud computing. They were one of the fastest growing IaaS provider in the US for 2010, 2011 and 2012 according to Inc. Magazine.
What's Going on Right Now + How You Can Help
There's a huge amount of work to do but the wheels are fully in motion now to get Ghost finished and shipped to all of our backers. We're already bringing additional people onto the core team that will finalise the first version of Ghost and we're pulling together all of our resources to plan the next few months.
So far we're on track to hit our stretch goal - but we need your help to make it happen. As with all Kickstarter projects - the middle of the campaign is the slowest in terms of funding - so at the moment we simply need to get Ghost in front of as many people as possible.
How can you help? By taking a moment to share Ghost with other people on the internet. We've made this an approximate 9-second process by setting up a page that lets you do all of it in one place:
Thanks for all of your help and support thus far!
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LAST MINUTE FLASH SALE: We're giving 50 backers 50% off 50 copies of Ghost for the next (slightly-more-than) 50 hours! Tell your friends who've been on the fence about the £10 level that they could grab themselves a great deal if they're very quick!Estimated delivery:
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YOUR OWN COPY OF GHOST: Thanks for helping make this project a reality. The software will be released by digital download to Kickstarter backers before anyone else. NOTE: This project is being funded in Great British Pounds, but you CAN back it in your own currency from anywhere in the world! Woo! £1 is around $1.50.Estimated delivery:
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THE QUICKSTART GHOST PACK: You get an early access copy of Ghost. You'll also get to RESERVE YOUR USERNAME on the TryGhost community website, which will be the home of Ghost themes, plugins, support forums, documentation, and user profiles. You also get THREE MONTHS FREE on our hosted service so you can set up a public blog in mere seconds. If you want the best and easiest way to launch a blog with Ghost, this is it.Estimated delivery:
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EARLY BIRD MEANING OF LIFE SPECIAL. The first 100 backers get access to the Ghost Founder Pack at nearly 30% off! This is limited to the first 100, once they're gone - they're gone!Estimated delivery:
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THE GHOST FOUNDER PACK: You get an early access copy of Ghost, reserve your username on the community website. You also get SIX MONTHS FREE on our hosted service and a FOUNDER emblem forever marked next to your username on the community site. You will be listed as a contributor on the first public release of Ghost - etched into history.Estimated delivery:
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THE GHOST SUPER VIP PACK: You get an early access copy of Ghost, reserve your username + founder emblem on the community website, listed as a contributor on the first release. You also get access to private WEEKLY DEVELOPMENT RELEASES as we build Ghost, and ONE YEAR FREE ON OUR HOSTED SERVICE. This means you'll be using Ghost and giving us feedback on it at least 3 months before anyone else.Estimated delivery:
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THE DEVELOPER SPECIAL: You get everything in the super VIP pack, but you also get access to the Ghost Nightly releases as well as the Theme and Plugin documentation *as we write it*. We'll help you get started with developing themes and plugins on top of Ghost and we'll promote one of your products for ONE YEAR on the official Ghost website.Estimated delivery:
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THE ELITE DEVELOPER SPECIAL: You get everything in the Developer Special, but you also get a top-secret email address that gives you direct, priority access to the Ghost development team. We'll help you convert your blog (or your themes) to Ghost, and ask you to help us with planning the official Ghost open marketplace. Oh, and you're also invited to our launch party in London.Estimated delivery:
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SPONSOR A GHOST RELEASE: Being a release sponsor means we'll name a release of Ghost after you and thank you publicly on our blog, social media channels, and newsletter (with your logo and link) when it goes out. Not only that, but you also get everything in the Elite Developer Special! We'll organise with you which release you'd like to be a part of, and you'll be featured heavily when it goes out.Estimated delivery:
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THE IRONIC BACKER SPECIAL: If Ghost is successfully funded, I will get a large (like, coffee cup radius) tattoo of the WordPress logo! I'll make a video of it and send it to you. Presumably you'll publish it on the internet, so all can revel in my humiliation. You'll also get everything in the Elite Developer Special. See? Even if you don't like the idea, you can still help. HATERS GONNA... BE PRODUCTIVE.Estimated delivery:
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THE OFFICIAL GHOST PARTNER LIST: You don't just believe in this early version of Ghost, you believe in the vision and what it stands for. Being a Ghost partner means you will be a part of all our launch activities and gets your logo + link on every page of our site and newsletters for at least the next year. We'll help you convert (or set up from scratch) one Ghost blog and feature you as a case study on our site. And, of course, you also get everything in the Elite Developer Special. Put your company firmly behind backing this open source project and it won't soon forget you.Estimated delivery:
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THE SILVER PARTNER LIST: After the wild 8-day sellout success of the initial Ghost Partner List, we're bringing you the Silver Partner List. We now have 8 more slots for companies who want to get behind Ghost in a very real way. Being a Ghost Silver partner means you get your logo and link prominently on the 'Partners' page of the website as well as in the newsletters for our major and minor releases for the next year. You'll also get a logo/link in the final Kickstarter update of the campaign. We'll help you convert (or set up from scratch) one Ghost blog and feature you as a case study on our site. And, of course, you also get everything in the Elite Developer Special.Estimated delivery:
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