Nathaniel J. Smith tweeted the following a few days ago:
There’s something very odd about Tidelift’s governance model. AFAICT it’s… a VC-owned union? Like, the pitch is that OSS devs can’t effectively bargain with companies as individuals, so tidelift aggregates them together to bargain collectively. Cool, the companies <-> tidelift part makes sense. But then don’t we still have the exact same problem bargaining with tidelift? If two years from now the VCes fire the founders and announce that from now on they’re only passing through 5% of revenues, then we OSS devs are just screwed, right? Actually for all I know the revenue share is already 5%; I haven’t seen any financials. Shouldn’t a company like this be organized as some kind of co-op, or reserve a majority of the board seats for election by OSS devs, or… something? Given they have folks like @luis_in_brief on board, it seems like they must have at least thought about this issue, but… it’s weird that there’s no discussion or acknowledgement of it anywhere I’ve seen.
Looking forward to reading your reply, and thanks for the work you’re doing.