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Paying the maintainers: not just how, but why

This afternoon at the annual Open Source Leadership Summit, the Linux Foundation announced an initiative called CommunityBridge, “a new platform ...
Donald Fischer
by Donald Fischer
on March 12, 2019

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$1m to pay open source maintainers on Tidelift

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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 ...