It's a good idea to have a "founders" area. It's not about making others more "special" than the rest but about providing a return for early faith. They could make the same stuff available at a later date.
I threw a good bit o' money at <a href="https://robertsspaceindustries.com/">Star Citizen</a> and they have/had early adopter benefits. That didn't stop those people from bringing over bits and pieces into other threads to be oohed and aahed at. The stuff was also made available to everyone after a bit o' time.
I'd have already purchased the founders except I and a few others lost our damned jobs a day after this site went up. I hate Florida and I hate the timing!
But I hate Florida more.
Have I mentioned I hate Florida?