A systemic approach to finding funding for open source for not just 1 project, but 1000 projects.
From a Django Under the Hood in Amsterdam, November 4 2016. (Video of talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLQdy7QUATciZ4V3g3iCTnG5fvkZkuNGyg&v=HokXBjDS_UA)
Slide 3: Graph is not actually real. Instagram’s estimated revenue is 16,000 times that of Django’s. Instagram estimate based on http://fortune.com/2016/01/25/instagram-3-billion-business-this-year/, Django's based on https://www.djangoproject.com/fundraising/.
Slides 5 and 6: http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/2013/the-perils-of-mixing-open-source-and-money.html
Slide 8: https://github.com/pybee/paying-the-piper/blob/master/README.md
Slide 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAc0vQCC6UQ
Slide 23: http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/02/americas-infrastructure-crisis-is-really-a-maintenance-crisis/385452/
Slide 24: https://www.djangoproject.com/fundraising/
Slide 27: This cycle is not without precedent. Modern nonprofits in the US only came about after the Industrial Revolution. Nouveau riche criticized for spending in unfocused ways. Andrew Carnegie and others called upon their peers to embrace philanthropy, which capitalized the nonprofit sector.
Slide 30: Without clear metrics or vocabulary to talk about project needs, any response to this question is purely subjective.
Thanks to Marc Tamlyn and Russell Keith-Magee for early feedback on this talk.