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Open Source Maintainers Are Not Getting Paid Enough | Tidelift

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Tidelift recently released the findings of its Open Source maintainer survey that looked at how maintainers fund their projects, why they work on open source and what challenges they face while being involved with open source. To better understand these findings, we sat down with Chris Grams, Head of Marketing at Tidelift.

One shocking discovery was that despite massive demand for talent in the open source, cloud-native space, a majority of maintainers complained that they don’t get adequately paid for their work. Why is there this disconnect? We also looked deeper into other challenges that maintainers of open source projects face when it comes to the sustainability of such projects. This is a must-watch discussion for anyone using or consuming open source in their services and products.

[su_note note_color=”#000″ text_color=”#fff”]Chris Grams is Head of Marketing at Tidelift, where he is part of the effort to make open source work better for developers and users. Previously, he was President and Partner at New Kind. He is the author of The Ad-Free Brand: Secrets to Building Successful Brands in a Digital World.[/su_note]


Tidelift helps organizations effectively manage the open source behind modern applications. Through the Tidelift Subscription, the company delivers a comprehensive management solution, including the tools to create customizable catalogs of known-good, proactively maintained components backed by Tidelift and its open source maintainer partners.

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