First off, I’ve never made an investment into an open source company. And secondly, even if I had, I have no idea what a “good investment” looks like. I don’t think anybody does, ever.
But I am a former investor who’s now wading into open source land, and it wasn’t easy to figure out, so I figured I’d share my humble process.
If you’re an investor wondering whether “open source” is a buzzword or a value-add, or a company wondering how an investor might think about your business, consider this a helpful set of heuristics.
Nadia Eghbal shares her perspectives on how to approach investing in open source companies.