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I wanted to write something about sponsoring open-source projects a couple of weeks ago when this post appeared, but WWDC dominates everything! But I didn't forget, and I'll talk about it now instead.

The post, if you read it, is about PSPDFKit sponsoring part of the CocoaPods project. I had no idea that some of the CocoaPods maintainers were paying for significant portions of this essential part of our ecosystem from their own pockets. 😨

I talked briefly about this in April, but I think it's worth saying again. We all rely on open-source libraries and tools, so wouldn't it be lovely if the people kindly maintaining them were earning money for doing it?

I feel that this support should come primarily from companies too. It's all too easy for businesses to ignore the issue, or maybe not even know how essential open-source software is to what they do. Also, the amounts of money needed from each company, if more did this, would be trivial. So that's where you come in, dear reader! A little advocacy can go a long way, and so I'd love it if you took a look at what open-source your company's apps rely on, and set some wheels in motion at your next 1:1 meeting.

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