I have created a new starter, which can be found at https://github.com/joshuaslate/mkrn-starter
It substitutes Koa in for Express, and features more modern syntax, like async/await. I would recommend taking a look at that project instead.
Please feel free to contribute to this project. Whether it's features, tests, or code cleanup, any help is welcome at this point.
Relevant tutorials found at https://blog.slatepeak.com