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Finally a crowdfunding platform for open source software

posted Jul 14, 2014, 10:50 PM by Siamak Ebarhimi

Nowadays when people say “crowdfunding,” most people know exactly it is, but just a few short years ago, the term was not commonly used. Bountysource is easy to explain now: it is a crowdfunding site aimed at open source software developers, but a decade ago, people just were not sure what it was or how it worked. Even the founders said the project died quickly because people were unsure of its intentions.
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Cofounder and COO, David Rappo, said, “[Bountysource] ran for a few months before we realized this wasn’t gonna pay our bills, and we needed to move on and get real jobs,” but approximately a year and a half ago, Rappo and CEO Warren Konkel, decided it was time to give Bountysource another shot. And this time, the platform has been well-received. “Nowadays, we can say it’s a crowdfunding platform for open source software, and people are like, we get it,” Rappo says. “The time is right: people not only understand crowdfunding, but they love it.”crowdfunding advertising

According to Steven Melendez, at FastCo, this is largely due to Bountysources’  recently hosted successful and well-publicized funding campaigns for Neovim, (a modern update to the venerable Vi used by generations of Unix hackers), and for RVM 2, an enhanced tool for Ruby developers managing libraries of third-party code.indiegogo marketing

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