Andrew Zhilin • over 3 years ago
Free and open source components would kill your marketplace
In my opinion, your requirement to release components as open source (and I suppose, it means that they will be free on https://go.uipath.com) - is huge strategical mistake.
You should check https://marketplace.atlassian.com and their strategy.
If you want to find developers who will develop components for your software - you should give ability to make money for them.
And hackaton prizes isnt an option because
1) Obviously, there are no win guarantees for anybody. You have 242 participants and 11 prizes right now. Plus more participants will join later. Which means less that 5% chance to win. And components would be open sources and, probably, free. Which means, that most participants will give extra value to your software and will not get anything back. Thats just not honest.
2) Obviously, you will get some components after this hackaton. But I would bet, most of them would be "dead code". First version - is just a first step.
If you will check Jira plugins - top plugins have 50-100 versions released.
Who will fix your components, if author will not get money for that?
You may run hackatons each month, you may get hundreds of components, but in long term - all of them would be "dead code". That would kill your marketplace, because nobody will want to look through thousands of "dead" components.
Maybe I dont understand your monetization strategy, let me know if I am wrong.
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