While there are many companies based in open source software that are successfully funding themselves based on consultancy and other services, that’s not necessarily true of individual contributors.
As part of our series of talks with Open Source Leaders, Tag1 Consulting’s Managing Director Michael Meyers, VP of Software Engineering Fabian Franz, and Yjs founder Kevin Jahns talk with Dries Buytaert about open source projects and communities. This talk focuses on open source project sustainability and funding.
Dries talks about some of the key points that made Drupal successful, and how the project and the Drupal Association have changed and pivoted based on challenges like the coronavirus pandemic. Dries also gives some pointers on how he started to sell his project to others, and how that started to change his role in the project over time, from the primary developer, to a project head focused on visibility.
Elinor Ostrom: Governing the Commons: https://www.amazon.com/Governing-Commons-Evolution-Institutions-Collective/dp/0521405998
For a transcript of this video, see Transcript: Open Source Leaders - Dries Buytaert - part 2.