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Why You Should Open-Source Your Startup

When we open-sourced everything a month ago, we were nervous. What if no one contributes?, we worried. We had spent a week writing documentation, automating the developer setup, filing easy issues, paring down the repository, and preparing licenses. We wanted to demonstrate that open source should be the default choice for many startups and games, but if we failed, then we would have done the opposite.

We needn't have worried. The CodeCombat Archmages swarmed the GitHub gates, breached the dev setup bug barricade, and presented a plethora of pull requests. Here are the first month stats:

"Okay, sure, that's a lot of contributors, but are they really helping? Those pull requests are probably tiny changes like centering some div. I bet the CodeCombat team is still doing almost all the real work and the open source thing is just for show."

Not convinced by a list of numbers? Good; I wouldn't be, either. Let's dig in and see how much the Archmages have really contributed. Here are the top five open source contributors with links to their commits:

Dear Mr. Branson

On The Thoughtful Young Djedi from Bermuda

In my life I could not fathom going a day without the internet and consequently I have had nothing but admiration and gratitude for companies likes Virgin Media who have offered no less than the highest quality of speed and value for the internet. In the increasing technological era that we find ourselves in, internet has been at the forefront of all mediums changing the way we live and think about our lives.

As a daily user of the internet I appreciate the valued broadband service your company and others have made accessible. Not only has the internet become faster over the years with the introduction of new technology and software, but it has also become relatively cheaper. This is a classic example of the powers of the market structure as increased supply of internet has lead to increased output and a cheaper price.

In 2006 Virgin Media Inc. became the first “quadruple-play” media organization in the United Kingdom, incorporating together a media service consisting of television, internet, mobile phone and fixed-line telephone services. More specifically, Virgin broadband ranks as the second largest UK internet supplier. Virgin Media’s 3.6 million customers comprise almost 35% of the market share of broadband across the UK.

The CEO of your company, Virgin Media, has recently attacked the principles of net neutrality. I am sure you are most aware of the fundamental principles of network neutrality where a given broadband network is free of restrictions from content, sites, connectivity speed and where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams. More specifically however is the fact that through net neutrality, any user of the internet is able to access all websites at the same speed whether it is the website of a big corporation or the blog of a small shop owner.

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