The amount of money we're asking for is the bare minimum to make the next version of Geary. Every dollar over $100,000 goes toward more features and a faster, stable email experience.
Why so much?
Some people have asked why we're asking for $100,000, or have suggested that an email program isn't worth that much money. A few things worth pointing out:
Quality software is expensive to develop. As explained above, we're paying three full-time engineers to develop Geary. We have little overhead other than that -- our development workstations have been are paid for with past income. Your contributions go directly to the development of Geary!
Likewise, know that existing email applications had similar development costs but were in many cases subsidized by corporate sponsors. Yorba is accepting no corporate sponsorship for the development of Geary. That means your priorities are our priorities.
Other software crowdfunding campaigns ask for less money, but they plan on selling their software later or tying it to a subscription service. Geary is 100% open-source and is tied to no email or pay service. What we're asking for is exactly what we think is needed to develop the features we've listed above.
Finally, remember that we're not asking you for $100,000, rather we're asking everyone to contribute a little toward that amount. What's a program like Geary worth to you? Most people leave email open every day and all day and are constantly working with it. Is that worth $10, $25, or $100 to you?