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Money

How do you make money in open source?

I claim that you have to earn ``creative dollars'' first. Many years ago I saw a survey where they asked management and workers what was most important to workers. The results said:

   MANAGEMENT                  WORKER
1    Money                   Creative Work
      ...                       ...

Creative dollars are what you earn by building up your reputation on the net. You have to give away what you know and contribute what you can. In short, you have to build up a track record and prove you are worth hiring. Real money-making businesses will pay attention. They will hire you based on your reputation and pay you what you are worth. You must prove your worth first.

And then there is ``knowledge production'' (e.g. science) where you earn money for contributing what you know to the common good. This is the academic path. You can begin to see this showing up on the MIT website [23]. MIT is giving away it's teaching efforts in order to become rich in the gift economy.


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