Generating revenue for TB and "What do we need money for"

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at
Thu Oct 4 19:01:29 UTC 2012

On 04.10.2012 18:42, Gervase Markham wrote:
> On 04/10/12 16:19, Anne-Marie Bourcier wrote:
>> The major question stays _"What do we need money for?" _and until we can
>> answer this clearly, we will not find any straightforward directions
>> amongst revenue sources described below.
> The last discussion I heard on this topic, which was predicated on the
> idea that the amounts would be in the tens of thousands of dollars
> rather than any greater, came to the conclusion that funding meetups
> etc. (as opposed to hardware or people) was the right way forward.
>> => not that difficult to implement but where the money should go?
>> Mozilla Foundation or external organization... Community will have to be
>> clear upfront about the usage of this generated revenue in order to
>> craft the right crowd-funding message/commitment.
> The right thing to do seems to me to send the money via MoFo. There is
> no problem on the MoFo side of setting up a dedicated Thunderbird "pot".
> And it allows US contributors a tax advantage.

Yes but what will the "pot" be used for inside MoFo? Not paid developers 
within mozilla which would be the natural choice, since then we're back 
to square one with this reorg (if the pot is big enough).


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