Founders Program Discontinued
After much deliberation over how we could best help inspectors everywhere we have decided to discontinue the Founders Program as previously proposed and replace it with an Open Beta. This article is designed to answer many of the questions you may have about the Founders Program discontinuation and serve as a discussion thread for any additional questions you may have.
The Founders Program was originally created (in about a 1 week period) in order for us to find clients who were willing to invest in pre-release software. However, as we evaluated what we had been creating we realized that we were creating a lot of unnecessary costs for our clients that we felt needed to go! The decision to end the Founders Program was influenced greatly by the decision to make Castle a Freemium Product, that is, only charging clients for those services/features which cost us to provide.
Expectations Moving Forward
We recognize that there will be many questions and concerns about certain aspects of the Founders Program and so we have listed out the big items here to clarify expectations moving forward:
Note: These ONLY apply to our Original Founders! (We know who you are ).
Each of our original founders (we know who you are), will be onboarded 1-on-1. We are expecting to have Castle out of Beta (i.e. Ready for in-field use) before the official onboarding calls. However, in the meantime you are welcome to download Castle and begin testing things out!
This is going to become one of our "Premium Features/Services" that we will have a cost for. We will update you on the cost of this once those have been created.
A determination has not yet been reached on whether or not we will hold our weekly meetings, but for the time being we do not have any planned.
Castle Hardware / Tablet
We are not supplying or supporting a "Castle Tablet". This decision was made due to the overwhelming lack of interest or preference many of you expressed towards using your own devices.
Initial Access Fee / Monthly Access Fee after 3 months.
Gone and Gone! Castle is now Freemium! This applies to everyone moving forward.
We hope this answers many of the main questions. Feel free to post any questions you have below.