So I've been working on my project Vendure for about 3 years now. It's an open-source e-commerce framework. I give it away for free but have plans to release paid plugins later this year.
Anyway, last week on Monday I got a cold email from the CEO of a well-known internet company, along the lines of "How about <company> financially backs Vendure?"
We arranged a Zoom call and 2 days later we're discussing the fact that the company is a big supporter of open-source, and also support the idea of improving tools for small businesses to prosper. Long story short, they have funds for supporting projects they like, and they want to back what I am doing. They also have an engineering team working on a similar tech stack and want to consult with me.
I was like, "sure! I am definitely open to some kind of sponsorship!". He said "I'll talk with my team and come back with a figure". I was thinking "cool!, maybe they will do like $1000 to my GitHub Sponsors account!".
One hour later I get an email:
Here's our proposal:
$50,000 sponsorship of the Vendure project.
You bill us your standard consulting rate for any time spent working with us.
That was 7 days ago. This morning the payment hit my account. It's real!
First thing I did after that was contact a lawyer to help me with trademark and contracts for future clients - stuff I've been thinking about doing for a while but never had enough funds to do. After that I'll be drafting some help to speed up the project road map.
There's no moral or point to this story other than sharing a win with you all.