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Why do people pay for open source?

The free ride opportunity Free riding is practically the definition of open source software. (Well, there is a definition in fact, but bear with me.)
Donald Fischer
by Donald Fischer
on July 10, 2018

Donald Fischer

Donald Fischer

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WTF? The data behind Microsoft's surprising open source track record

By Donald Fischer on June 6, 2018
VS Code, Typescript, thefuck? What do each of these have in common? They’re all popular open source projects Microsoft has contributed to, and they ...

Tidelift raises $15m Series A for a better open source business model

By Donald Fischer on May 22, 2018
Today we’re announcing Tidelift’s Series A financing, co-led by General Catalyst, Foundry Group, and Matthew Szulik, former Chairman and CEO of Red ...

What professional teams need when using open source

By Donald Fischer on April 5, 2018
Our mission at Tidelift is to make open source software work better—for everyone.

Pay the maintainers!

By Donald Fischer on March 7, 2018
Right around the time that we were getting started with Tidelift, the New York Times published a compelling editorial entitled “Let’s Get Excited ...

Announcing the Tidelift Subscription

By Donald Fischer on February 28, 2018
At Tidelift, we care deeply for open source software.

Equifax, open source, and glass houses

By Donald Fischer on February 13, 2018
Equifax is back in the news, with the latest reports indicating that hackers acquired not only names, social security numbers, birth dates, and ...

Hello, Tidelift

By Donald Fischer on November 14, 2017
10 PRINT "HELLO, WORLD” Hello from Tidelift!