Fact: Professional development teams will pay real money for stronger assurances around their open source stacks.
In a recent survey, we learned:
Even if these organizations have a checkbook in hand, the tools and assurances they value often just aren’t available for the open source stacks they use.
The mechanics of good open source businesses don't scale down well to the individual package level. In particular, there's no good way to create a business around a single library in the vast stacks of packages customers are using to build applications today.
Moreover, existing businesses don't make upstream maintainers part of their economic model. This creates burnout and churn as maintainers—without fair incentives to keep them creating—frequently disappear.
Tidelift provides a way to bring maintainers together in a scalable model that works—for everyone. Those who build and maintain open source software get compensated for their effort—and those who use their creations get more dependable software.