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How Are TWiki Developers Funded?

I don't know whether this is explained anywhere, but I'm curious. I'm assuming it is a mixture of:
  1. Hired by clients to deliver specific things, which then get shared
  2. Paid by employer to develop TWiki as part of own business, then shared
  3. Unpaid, ie working in your "free" time, good will, motivated by intellectual curiosity
  4. Maybe TWiki gets donations from grateful users which then funds further development.

I would love to know which of these is correct and what the balance is.

-- Contributors: TamsinTweddell - 29 Jul 2007


Mainly items 1, 2 and 3, in this order. Item 4 is a wish that does not really work (donate buttons on user homepages.)

On item 1, we are also trying to add corporate sponsors (TWIKI.NET), not just clients.

-- PeterThoeny - 29 Jul 2007

I can only speak for myself, but the time I spend on TWiki is funded roughly as:

  • Hired by clients - 50%
  • "Paid by employer" and "Unpaid" are the same thing for me (I am self employed) - 50%
  • Donations < 0.01%

-- CrawfordCurrie - 30 Jul 2007

My activities are 90% payed by clients. 10% is reserved for research & developmet. The remaining 7% activities are spent to feed my tax accountant.

SvenDowideit, CrawfordCurrie, LynnwoodBrown, WillNorris and I, we have founded the WikiRing: Professional Wiki Innovation and SupportWikiRing.com consulting platform to bundle our activities while working full time on TWiki consulting. As part of this activity, I have funded my own consulting business "Michael Daum Consulting". Almost all of the work I do for TWiki is funded by clients or payed later when bundling the modules, customizations and TWikiApplications in new projects. Most of these developments are licensed as open source and will be brought back to the TWikiCommunity. Currently, most of my clients are situated in German-speaking countries. Some of them have outsourced the development of their TWiki-based intranets to me thus paying me on a regular base. Kudos goes to all of them for their indirect funding of the TWiki project.

-- MichaelDaum - 30 Jul 2007

mmm, I think most people that do development work are in 2. Paid by employer, but then don't share back for various reasons. From 1999 to 2004, I was probly 70% 2. Paid by employer, the rest was personal. Since then, I probably do more like 50% / 50% client work vs unpaid time.

-- SvenDowideit - 31 Jul 2007

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