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Our mission

Simply put, our mission is making open source
work better—for everyone.

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Our story

Here’s what we know. Open source software is incredible, but it’s got some issues.

For software development teams, managing open source-related security, maintenance, and licensing tasks can be challenging and time-consuming. Organizations often have to make tough tradeoffs between moving fast (and risking bringing in components that have not been fully vetted) and staying safe (potentially adding bureaucracy that slows down development).

For open source maintainers, keeping their projects well maintained and secure isn’t free—far from it. These creators often don’t have the time or incentive to keep their projects fully maintained, which puts all of us at risk.

So we asked ourselves:

How could open source work better for everyone involved?


First, software development teams should have a better way to manage the open source software they incorporate into their projects. They should be confident that components are secure, well integrated, and properly maintained.

Meanwhile, open source maintainers should be compensated for the value their projects create. They should have easy access to paying users and to the tools they need to level up their projects in ways that make them attractive to customers standing ready to pay for value delivered.

The end result? More, better software that our entire planet depends on.

That’s the future we see for open source. We’re working together to make it a reality. If you see it, too, join us.

Our values

Value_1 Optimistic

We have a genuinely positive outlook on the world, focusing on boundless possibility. We see an amazing future ahead, and want to inspire others to share in it.


Value_4 Additive

A rising tide lifts all boats. We create an environment that encourages and inspires growth, both for individuals and for the community as a whole.

Value_2 Practical

We know words and ideas alone won’t change lives. We help people most by creating a pragmatic, viable, and sustainable business that works for everyone. 


Value_3 Inclusive

We believe technology will be stronger when it better reflects the voices and ideas of society as a whole. So we create opportunities for people from different backgrounds and experiences to flourish.

Our leadership

Tidelift was founded with a mission in mind: making open source work better—for everyone. That idea carries over into everything we do. Our leadership team includes veterans of Red Hat, Wikipedia, Mozilla, GitHub, and Google.



Donald Fischer

Co-founder, CEO


Havoc Pennington


Jeremy Katz

Jeremy Katz


Luis Villa

Luis Villa



Bridget Gleason



Chris Grams


Lauren Hanford

Lauren Hanford



Matt Rollender



Brian Weisberg



Our team

At Tidelift, we're building an optimistic and inclusive team. We have a shared office space in Boston, but we embrace remote work: two of the co-founders and over half of our overall team are distributed. We meet up three times a year to hang out in person, too.

Our culture

We believe in work-life harmony: doing good work, with urgency and pragmatism, and at a sustainable pace. 

We value and celebrate diversity. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be, so we're committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

We want to build a supportive and rewarding place to work for everyone.





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