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What's in the tech tea leaves? Donald Fischer shares his 2021 open source predictions with TFiR

Amy Hays
by Amy Hays
on February 9, 2021

A few weeks ago, Tidelift CEO and co-founder Donald Fischer joined our friends at the TFiR podcast to discuss his predictions for 2021. What does Donald see in the tech tea leaves?

#1: Increasing focus on open source software supply chain security

In the wake of the recent supply chain attack impacting SolarWinds and its customers around the world, software supply chain security is becoming front page news and a boardroom level conversation. This new attention will also force organizations to spend more time developing solutions to improve the health and security of their open source software supply chain.

#2: Diversity and inclusion will be a driving force in 2021

Donald notes that diversity and inclusion have come up in many conversations he’s had over the last few months with customers—and not just diversity and inclusion within the walls of enterprise organizations, but also among suppliers. 

A recent Linux Foundation report noted that over 90% of open source contributors are male, so there’s a lot of work to be done there. Donald thinks one huge key to leveling the playing field to help make open source more diverse and inclusive is to pay the maintainers.

#3: Remote-first work is here to stay

COVID-19 forced the world’s hand in regards to remote-work, and Donald thinks the remote-first trend will continue in 2021.

Check out the full video here.

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