November Drinkup in San Francisco

If you’re in San Francisco, join us for our November drinkup! Meet the team, other users, and enjoy some drinks on us.

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Where? House of Shields @ 39 New Montgomery St., San Francisco
When? Tuesday, November 5th, 6-9PM
Attending? RSVP by Friday, November 1st (Eventbrite)

Hope to see you there!

My Experience with Bountysource

Hi, I’m Josh Dolitsky. I am a web developer from Chicago living in Los Angeles. My current weapon of choice is the MEAN stack (Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node) but I have experience with PHP, Perl, Ruby, and Python. I also maintain an open-source library called AppDotNetPHP used by developers in the App.net community.

When I first found out about Bountysource, I was genuinely upset with myself for not coming up with the idea. It’s so simple and brilliant. There are thousands of talented programmers already writing and fixing open-source code on a daily basis, free-of-charge. Why not just incentivize them?

As an open-source developer, I saw this an opportunity to make a bunch of money. I had to try it out.

I started looking at all the bounties that were posted on the site. I could see why some of the more difficult bugs had such high payouts as they were complex and time-consuming. I wanted to find a bounty that would yield a significant amount of cash, but one that was also within the scope of my ability.

That’s when I found the bounty Every single page should have a <title> appropriate for the page’s content for $150. The project was on Bountysource’s frontend and I thought it was safe to assume that I would get the money if I fixed the issue correctly. Their site is built with Angular, which I have been working with extensively. I forked the repo and ran Bower and Grunt like the hipster I am.

After looking around the code for a bit, I discovered the problem: the Bountysource site uses frontend routing. Every time you click on a link on Bountysource, the page does not actually refresh, but instead, changes templates with Angular and loads data from an API. This made for a pretty cool setup, but it meant that the page title would always remain the same. I figured out a way to define a title for each route and submitted a pull request on the project’s GitHub.

The next day, Bountysource’s CEO, Warren Konkel, took a look at my code. He said that he liked my approach, but had a few concerns. I did my best to address his points with another commit. I didn’t hear back for a couple days, and started to wonder if they were going to use my solution or not. All of the sudden, Warren merged my code and I received an email from Bountysource saying that my solution had been accepted. If nobody disputed the solution over the next two weeks, then the bounty was mine. We have since improved the bounty pay-out process making it even quicker to get a payout. Read more here.

Sure enough, two weeks later, I received another email from Bountysource that my claim for the bounty had been fully accepted. They gave me the option to cash out the $150 via PayPal, Google Wallet, or a physical check. I asked for a physical check and gave them my home address. A few days later, I received a physical check in the mail, along with a sweet sticker to add to my ever-growing collection.

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And just like that, I’m $150 richer. Bountysource is an awesome company closing the gap between open-source and proprietary software. Some of the biggest complaints about open-source is the inability to get something fixed when you need it. Do you have a major problem with your open-source software? Man up and post a bounty!

Show you care: #Hack4Good this Oct 4-6!

We’re really excited to be sponsoring a global hackathon put on by Geeklist, #Hack4Good. The event will run from October 4-6 all around the world, in cities such as San Francisco, New York, Moscow, London, Tel Aviv and Paris. What makes this hackathon unique is that it will revolve around solving economic and social issues - hunger, disaster relief, and more - hence the name.

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Over the course of the hackathon, Geeklist will be sponsoring several workshops on the different APIs and tools available for use, as well as a meetup where all participants can interact, collaborate, and geek out over their own projects. 

Be sure to check if #Hack4Good will be coming to your city! If not, you should consider hosting your own event. If all else fails, you can participate online. 

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We are proud to be involved in this event and we hope you can join us! Tweet us @Bountysource if you plan on attending.  

10,000!

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Bountysource has hit 10,000 users!

To celebrate this milestone, we hosted a Twitter contest for $100 in Bountysource credit. Davglass (@davglass on Twitter) won our random drawing. Congratulations!

We’re enthusiastic to continue to grow beyond 10,000 users. Thank you for all your support so far!

The best conversations are always over a few drinks

We had a great time hosting our first drinkup in San Francisco on Tuesday night. The Chieftain, a pub off 5th Street, made the perfect place to meet up and have a few quality drinks. The team was joined by developers and friends from a wide array of communities to talk about open-source and its importance in most organizations.

We had a great time meeting some of our local community, and we hope to meet more of you at the next drinkup!

Find all the photos here.

We’ve improved how bounties are awarded

Starting immediately, the old method of submitting a solution and following its status on Bountysource is going away. We’ve greatly streamlined the bounty claim process so that it:

  • Ensures the issue is closed before a bounty can be claimed
  • Allows Backers a way to accelerate the payout of a bounty
  • Gives Backers better control over disputes

Get the issue closed.

As a developer, the first thing you do is work on the issue as you normally would. Work with the project team to get the issue closed (via Pull Request, etc). As soon as the issue is closed, come to Bountysource and Claim the Bounty:

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Developers - Stake your claim

As part of the claim process, you must supply supporting evidence as to why you deserve the bounty. This could be anything from a link to your Pull Request to an explanation that will help the Backers understand.

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Once a Bounty Claim is submitted, it will trigger the standard two week dispute period. This allows Backers to raise any concerns they might have. Considering the underlying issue has already been closed by the project maintainers, the chances of disputes are significantly reduced.

Backers - go vote!

In this phase, all Backers will have the option of voting in favor of a Bounty Claim. If 100% of the Backers vote in your favor, we override the two week dispute period and your bounty can be paid out immediately.

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Our very first SF Drinkup!

Like beer? Good conversation? We’re thrilled to announce the very first Bountysource SF Drinkup! Come meet the team and enjoy some drinks on us.

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FAQ

Where? The Chieftain, 198 5th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
When? August 20, Tuesday, 6-9PM
Attending? 
RSVP by Friday, August 16th, via email or Eventbrite

We need a rough head count to ensure we nail the person-to-drink ratio, so please let us know if you’re coming. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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JS-Git is fully funded!

Just like rockets need fuel, many of the greatest ideas need some cash. In Tim Caswell's case, $30,000 to be exact.
 
JS-Git is an open source project by Tim that implements the Git client and server in pure JavaScript. The project aims to remove many of the hardware requirements/restrictions of standard Git, allowing for many other projects, tools, and ideas to flourish. Tim hopes JS-Git will allow children to learn to code with the technology they use everyday - iPads, Chromebooks, etc.
 
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The fundraiser saw strong support from tech giants Adobe and Mozilla. Adobe pledged on behalf of its open-source code editor Brackets, which will need JS-Git to integrate into ChromeOS, FirefoxOS and other web-based platforms.
 
Mozilla, whose mission is to “build a better Internet”, backed JS-Git with less specific interests in mind. They believe in open-source software and want to see more innovation in JavaScript. Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and CTO at Mozilla, has expressed his support for JS-Git in the past.
 
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With a little over 24 hours to go, Mozilla came through with their $25,000 pledge, completing the fundraiser. That, along with Adobe’s pledge, and the contributions of 99 other backers, will allow Tim to bring this project to fruition.
 

For more information…

For a look into current JS-Git code, you can check out its GitHub repository: https://github.com/creationix/js-git
For status updates, you can check out the Updates section of the fundraiser: https://www.bountysource.com/fundraisers/325-js-git/updates
For a look into Tim’s roadmap, you can check out this Gist: https://gist.github.com/creationix/036c175d18a8a692a89d

We’re funded!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve raised a $1.1MM seed round to help us expand our funding platform for open-source software.

From our modest start as a hobby in 2004 to our revival as a serious business venture in 2013, we knew that Bountysource was the key to sustained open-source development. By partnering with True Global Ventures, we’ve found an investor that shares in our vision and can give us the support we need.

2013 has seen tremendous growth for us already: we’ve seen open-source projects successfully use our Fundraiser system to solve their problems. We’ve seen corporations such as Adobe, Walmart Labs, and Uber directly support the open-source projects they rely on. We’ve drastically improved and expanded our namesake bounty model — you can find thousands of dollars worth of bounties on projects that use a wide array of issue trackers and technologies. You can even find bounties on our own open-source front end.

We’re bringing together the power of crowd-funding with the proven track record of collaborative software development. We plan on using our funds to grow our team and continue building Bountysource into a vibrant open-source marketplace.

You can read the full Press Release here: Bountysource Raises $1.1 Million for the First Crowdfunding Platform for Open-Source Software Projects [finance.yahoo.com]

Learn more about Bountysource »

Out with the old, in with the new

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Like our new logo? You’ll love our new site.

We’re really excited to roll out the latest iteration of Bountysource.

The main goal of this revamp was to make the Bountysource experience more pleasant - properly convey what we do and how things work, clean up the fundraiser and bounty flows, unify styles… The list goes on. These were outstanding issues that had been left unresolved - all of which should be taken care of now.

The new front end is built entirely on Bootstrap and Angular.jsAngular is an incredibly powerful framework when it comes to developing web applications. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, simply following the Angular conventions and utilizing Bootstrap allowed us to rebuild our entire website in just three weeks.

These changes are fresh, so please send in your feedback! We’re beginning to consolidate all of our issues in GitHub, so feel free to open up new issues directly.

We have a lot of things in store and are looking forward to watching Bountysource grow… This is only the beginning!