not sure I feel that great about all these open source projects becoming VC-funded enterprises. There's going to be so many bodies on the roadside in a couple of years once that seed funding starts running out. :s
at the same time, as a tooling person, I want them to succeed, and I want to see if they can prove some level of viability for actual companies making $ doing tooling for community. I'm just not convinced you can do that with a permissive open source model? idgi
can someone ELI5 wtf Deno, Rome, Snowpack, etc actually expect to _sell_ that will pay people's salaries, or is the expectation that they'll "come up with something" down the road?...
love 2 set VC money on fire in exchange for selling your soul to them tho. That always works out great.
@zkat As someone who has seen this play out multiple times there's only a few options:
1) Try to make a "pro" version that is compelling enough to have folks subscribe
2) Try to figure out how to get the organization in a state where a MS, Oracle, or some other company wants to acquire your debt
3) Put the screws to everyone when the bills come due and shed employees like a cat sheds hair during springtime. Meanwhile the community forks your product and creates a foundation to support it
@zkat I've even felt weird about taking corporate sponsorship, and am still trying to figure out a way to do that where it won't either affect my projects or make me hate myself. >.>
@zkat *sobs in anxiety and depression caused by a combination of burnout and internalized toxic-masculinity*
@zkat Not to mention how the context gap of a tool designed by a well-capitalized org _for_ well-captalized orgs results in higher tooling and labor costs for lower-capitailzed orgs.
React is expensive to develop and maintain over the long-haul; not because it's bad software; but because it's designed for orgs whose unit of measurable production is _at least_ a full-time team.
NPO/NGO/MB/MA orgs just don't have that funding or capacity.
@zee @zkat It's not like this hasn't been tried already... https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/why-i-forked-my-own-project-and-my-own-company-31c3/
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