March 29, 2023

After years of working for Google on the Go Team, Filippo Valsorda quit last year to experiment with more sustainable paths for open source maintainers. Good news, it worked! Filippo is now a full-time open source maintainer and he joins Jerod on this episode to tell everyone exactly how he’s making the equivalent to his total compensation package at Google in open source.

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Show Notes:

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(00:00) - This week on The Changelog
(00:52) - Sponsor: Postman
(03:41) - Welcoming Filippo to the show
(06:45) - Filippo's open source projects
(16:30) - Corporate sponsorship doesn't scale
(19:36) - Experimenting with a new model
(23:28) - Benefiting both parties
(33:30) - Detailing the agreement terms
(37:23) - A success path that grows
(40:19) - Refining the sales pitch
(44:18) - Sponsor: Sentry
(46:24) - The most common objection
(53:16) - Proving the model over time
(54:49) - A place for punditry perhaps?
(57:29) - The best way to connect with Filippo
(59:33) - Name it to tame it
(1:01:37) - Wrapping up
(1:02:11) - Outro (join Changelog++!)

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