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49days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 6 2019 7:32 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Note: You can find the existing codebase for Zenbership v1 here!


Proposing a complete overhaul of Zenbership...

Zenbership Membership Software is currently one of the most widely used open source membership tools available online. While there is no way to track exact usage, known numbers reach well into the five digit thousands.

The goal of this campaign is to utilize that existing name recognition, feedback I've been hearing from existing users, and creator Jon Belelieu's vast knowledge of the membership management market, built on over 15 years of experience, to push forward a brand new, built from the ground up, version of the application, with a far more modern and scalable codebase.

What You Get For Backing

Every one who backs the rebuild of Zenbership will receive all of the following (see rewards for details):

  • Voting powers on all major roadmap decisions.
  • Listed at a backer in the software's credits.

History

  • Zenbership was originally conceived of in 2010 by Jon Belelieu, for which primary development starting in 2013.
  • The product was released two years later as a commercial platform with some success, but later re-released as an open source tool in 2016.
  • Zenbership was the third iteration in a series of membership management tools built by Jon Belelieu, dating back to 2002!
  • For various reasons, development had to be put on hold and as such the application's code base has fallen victim to aging and outdated technologies.

Roadmap

  • The primary goal of the rebuild is to modernize Zenbership's code base to maintain a sustainable future. As such the focus will be on filling in a number of the gaps that exist in the current version of Zenbership via a 100% ground up rebuild.
  • Users of all levels will be targeted, however monetization will focus on enterprise-level users. As such the program will be designed for high scalability and will be deployable to the top cloud platforms.
  • Technologies of choice will depend on the eventual goal of the application. PHP, given its ubiquitous nature, is still a top choice for a web-based open source platform, although ideally a core of Golang/Javascript (NodeJS/VueJS) services would be employed where possible.
  • Data would shift to a model which used cross-compatible SQL, allowing for flexibility between tools like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.
  • Improved security and permissions throughout the application would be a top priority.
  • The application will be built on a series of modules, allowing for a core set to be developed followed by additional "add on" modules which can be developed by the community.

Monetization

Monetization would come in multiple forms, and all forms of income will be included in the revenue share of backers:

  • General services & support
  • SaaS-based version of the platform
  • Premium add on modules
  • A developer's program
  • General consulting for enterprise users.

Transparency

  • The application will be built as a 100% open source application, with all code regularly being checked into Github.
  • Regular demo days, as the software matures, will take place for backers to watch the progress unfold.
  • On top of demo days, the entire process will be live streamed on Twitch for absolute transparency.
  • All major decisions around the product' roadmap will be put to a "backer's vote". Zenbership will truly be a democratic collaboration, and of course all outcomes and results will be made public.

My Pledge to You!

Given the extreme nature of taking on an aggressive timeline for development of a brand new application, my pledge to you as backers is the following:

  • In line with the bullet points set out in the transparency section, I will commit to working on Zenbership every day after work, all made transparent via live streaming on Twitch!
  • Lazer focus will be employed to ensure that all aggressive timelines are met.
  • Zenbership's code base will be secure, modern, and scalable.

Some Legal Fine Print

  • All backer votes on major roadmap decisions will take place on a service such as Doodle.

Risks and challenges

Time is a risk, as is scope creep. For this reason, the scope of the application and initial release will be held to a true MVP base minimum. For all major roadmap changes, top donors will have a vote on whether to alter the roadmap or push requested changes to the backlog.

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