Funding Open Source: How Webpack Reached $400k+/year
Webpack’s Sean Larkin on growing the project’s budget with crowdfunding, sponsorships, grants, partnerships… and pure love.
I’m a program manager for the Microsoft Web Platform, working on Edge Dev Tools. I’m also a maintainer of Webpack — I fit into the developer advocate role for the org. I’ve done some work with the Angular core team, and I’m an evangelist for open source sustainability.
We don’t want the success we’ve had at Webpack to be a unique story. So I’m doing what I can to get other maintainers excited about making their project more well-known and well-funded. We use Open Collective as the driver for our ability to fund our organisation.