How does open source software work (as a business)? With Adam Wathan (TailwindCSS)

Adam Wathan, creator of TailwindCSS helps me unpack what it means to create, contribute, and build with open source software.

“Many people make open-source software because programming is like a creative thing, just like making music or something for most programmers who do in their spare time, not because they have some idealistic mission or something, it's just, I just want to put something out there, and I want people to see it, and I want to feel good about people liking it” - Adam Wathan 

Today Adam Wathan joins me to unpack the concept of open source software as a thing on the internet.  What it means to publish open source, contribute to OSS projects, and what it looks like to manage a massively popular and fast-growing project such as TailwindCSS.

In this conversation:

Adam Wathan:
Adam's company, Tailwind CSS

Brian Casel:
Brian’s company, ZipMessage
Brian on Twitter: @casjam


Thanks to ZipMessage

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Quotes:

“Many people make open-source software because programming is like a creative thing, just like making music or something for most programmers who do in their spare time, not because they have some idealistic mission or something, it's just, I just want to put something out there, and I want people to see it, and I want to feel good about people liking it.” - Adam Wathan

“But a lot of the time fixing something is a one-line fix, and you just kind of have to find where it is.” - Adam Wathan

“The more popular a tool is, the more inexperienced people start using it. So the quality of issues and the quality of requests, actually like goes down as a tool gets more popular.” - Adam Wathan


How does open source software work (as a business)?  With Adam Wathan (TailwindCSS)
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