After a decade as a Java developer, open source helped Mike Perham build a name for himself in the Ruby world. He saw the open source burnout pattern happen over and over. He didn't want it to happen to him. So even though it went against industry norms, Mike started Sidekiq with the intention of making money.
“I’m a creator and I love building tools.”
After five years, Sidekiq has more than 11 million downloads and has surpassed his goal of making $1M without taking a cent of investor money. Hear why it’s important to avoid what he calls “Tip Jar Mindset” and how he turned his project from making him $1/hour to the robust business it is today.
What to read: Avoiding burnout