What if companies decided on a dollar amount to contribute to open source, say $10k, and divided that among employees or teams to decide which projects to fund? The commitment would already be unlocked at a higher level, and it would be a great way for companies to engage their engineers.
What if RethinkDB had been supported with contributions on Open Collective instead? I’d love to see a future where there are more viable open source businesses employing people, funded through Open Collective. I’d argue that could be far more stable than a VC-funded company that later flames out.
… source software, and that might be hard to change. Open Collective has made donating possible, but there’s still an education gap between the value gained and the financial contribution companies are willing to give.