I’m going to use this post to keep track of interesting essays / reading materials on open-source funding, sustainability, and reputation. Please feel free to contribute more links!
Homesteading the Noosphere: I found this essay super interesting as ESR suggests that open-source contributions is driven by reputational considerations on the part of authors/maintainers, and that there are informal “ownership” rules about who deserves the credit for a project, and how that “ownership” can change hands.
Money and Open Source
Has a number of observations on how open-source works in the absence of money, in the status quo
The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable? - A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.
A recent comprehensive article on the history of funding open-source software development. Doesn’t go into crypto funding specifically, but includes pretty much all other experiments/movements in funding up till the recent past.
Not an essay, and kinda evil, but this recent IBM patent on dev metrics could have some useful ideas.