My Authors
Read all threads
It always amazes me how people these days mostly seem to get that:
- NGOs don't need business models.
- #OpenSource projects don't need business models.
They also mostly get that:
- Products need business models.
- Competent contributors and companies need business models (unless the former are independently wealthy).
... but the same people fail to understand that products are not projects:
- Good products care about their non-contributing users.
- Good projects care about their contributors.
One most recent reinstallment of this fundamental misunderstanding can be found here:…
Projects and NGOs do not care about how to become better products for users. Projects that forget their contributors over their users might not know it, but they are already dead.
Projects and NGOs need to care about their contributors. In an ideal world they care about their contributors as individuals.
The ONLY way projects have to care about users is the way their current and potential future contributors are motivated to use the output of the projects -- themselves or as proxy.
Which is why I was repeating the dogma "project over product" again and again when I handed over and left the @tdforg Board of Directors.

/end thread
/end rant
@threadreaderapp unroll please
Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh.

Keep Current with Bjoern Michaelsen (

Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!