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Bountysource CEO talks open source crowdfunding and bounties for developers

Nearly a decade ago, two friends set out to create a full project management platform for open source software called Bountysource. The year was 2004 and the friends were Warren Konkel and David Rappo, and their vision included creating code repositories, file hosting, issue tracking, and bounty support. The pair spent a few months building out the basic features, but then other projects and jobs got in the way. Konkel went on to become the first hire at LivingSocial and Rappo was working as a producer on video games like Guitar Hero, Transformers, and Skylanders. The friends reconnected late last year and the timing seemed right to revisit the Bountysource concept. Konkel and Rappo looked at what they previously built to see what was still relevant and decided to start with a clean slate, relaunching Bountysource in 2013 as a funding platform for open source software. Instead of building their own project management platform, Bountysource now integrates with services developers already use such as GitHub and Bugzilla while focusing on crowdfunding. Since launching earlier this year, about $20,000 in bounties have been posted on the site, with 10-20% of those having been collected, Konkel said. Many other fundraisers have also […]

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