How many employees does Ghost have?
JO: Fifteen, full time. And a range of other consultants and contributors.
So what is the business model for Ghost? How does Ghost pay those fifteen employees?
JO: We provide a managed hosting service for the product itself, something that has worked very well in the WordPress space. Our business model is to capture the even smaller part of the market that values managed hosting, being able to run an open source product without any of the hassle of having to self-host. So people pay a recurring monthly fee of between $29 and $200 depending on the size of the business, the size of the site. And then we take care of all of the hosting, all of the upgrades, all of the maintenance, all of the backups, and in doing so we have built a very healthy business. We have been profitable since the first year that we launched, but still in the structure of a totally independent business which will be around for a long time to come. Philosophically, that’s what makes me feel good.
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