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I recently watched App: The Human Story, which I discovered via The Developers Union, a group of app developers formed to negotiate better policies with Apple.

It’s a one-hour portrait of the people behind some of the App Store’s more popular apps. Watching it, I couldn’t help but compare them to the stories of open source developers, who make the tools that everybody uses to build software today.

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The challenges discussed were quite similar: 1) low revenue despite high user adoption, 2) entitled users demanding free work, and 3) belief that platforms could improve the situation via better policies.

“I had amazing success in the App Store. I’ve had hundreds of thousands of customers. And even with that, it was impossible to sustain the…


I recently read Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons and have been evangelizing it so enthusiastically that I figured I’d do a quick writeup of its main points, and why it’s been so transformative to my thinking.

Elinor Ostrom’s work deals with common pool resource (CPR) management, for which she won a Nobel Prize in economics in 2009. She argues that current game theory doesn’t explain why some commons are, in fact, sustainably managed.

Ostrom outlines a few theories that we typically use to explain why common resource allocation will fail without intervention:

  • Prisoner’s dilemma: A game where two individuals do not cooperate, even though they rationally ought…

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