Open Source ain’t Charity

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We’re spending real money on open source. Since hapi has been almost exclusively developed by the mobile team at Walmart, we had to justify the significant expense (exceeding $2m) in open source the same way we justify any other expenditures. We had to develop success parameters that enable us to demonstrate the value and to make on-going investment sustainable.

The formula we constructed produced an adoption menu where the size of the company using our framework translated to “free” engineering resources. For example, every five startups using hapi translated to the value of one full time developer, while every ten large companies translated to one full time senior developer. We measure adoption primarily through engagement on issues, not just logos on the hapijs.com website.

These number change a couple times a year as the nature of contributions evolve, but they provide a solid baseline for progressive comparison. By having a…

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