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Bus factor, boss factor, and the economics of disappearing maintainers

We've jokingly referred to the problem of disappearing maintainers as "bus factor" for about as far back as I can remember. In short, the idea is ...
Luis Villa
by Luis Villa
on August 13, 2019

Luis Villa

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We gathered 16 open source maintainers in Boston. Here's what happened.

By Luis Villa on May 30, 2019
This month, we had our first in-person event for open source maintainers who get income from the Tidelift Subscription (we call them “lifters”). The ...

Video: why not-so-open licenses are not-so-good

By Luis Villa on April 11, 2019
You may have read some of the reports over the past year about organizations trying out new open source licensing strategies that aren’t actually all ...

Video: what software development teams should know about open source licenses

By Luis Villa on April 2, 2019
If you build applications using open source components, you may not often think about how those underlying components are licensed. Some may use a ...

Introducing the Tidelift guide to working with open source licenses

By Luis Villa on March 5, 2019
I’ve spent my career deeply immersed in open source licensing issues. And before I was a lawyer, I was a software developer. So I’ve talked with many ...

Why we submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court this week

By Luis Villa on February 28, 2019
On Monday, alongside the Python Software Foundation, we submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court. This is a bit unusual for a small startup, so I ...

Tidelift values, inside and out

By Luis Villa on February 7, 2019
Early last year we worked together to brainstorm and define our Tidelift values. There was some risk that it was too early, but we wanted to ...

Tidelift is hiring

By Luis Villa on January 17, 2019
We shared some big news last week—we’ve raised an additional $25 million in Series B funding. Our goal is to scale Tidelift for creators and users, ...

What motivates open source maintainers?

By Luis Villa on December 13, 2018
When you download a new open source package, how much time do you spend much time thinking about the person who actually wrote the code?

2018's new open source licenses: Will they work? Should they work?

By Luis Villa on November 13, 2018
The past few months have seen an explosion of new open source licenses and license-like documents. A proposal from MongoDB has generated intense ...

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