MetaBrainz milestone: My first paycheck!

About a month ago, the MetaBrainz Foundation signed up its second customer (let’s call that customer Mystery Customer #2). In light of this and our current finances our Board of Directors approved for me to make this payment my very first paycheck.

Early today the first payment from this customer hit our PayPal account and I cut myself the very first MetaBrainz paycheck ever! While this check for $2400 is measly pay for a years worth of work, its a start. With more customers on the horizon I can hope for a reasonable paycheck in the next year. And me getting paid is good since I can stop hunting for contract work to pay the bills — this will allow me to focus more of my time on MusicBrainz. And everyone knows that we need to implement more features, right?

A new Picard, a new libmusicbrainz, a new libtunepimp and now a paycheck! What a week, and its only tuesday!

P.S. I can’t reveal who our customers are, since they are building new services based on our data. These services have not been announced yet and us talking about who these customers are, would tip their hands. As soon as these companies go public with their services, I’ll be sure to tell everyone who they are.

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6 thoughts on “MetaBrainz milestone: My first paycheck!”

  1. Hey, great to hear and congrats, glad to see you’re getting paid back for the awesome service we have with MB!

    So what are the plans for the tagger in the next while, can you give us a roadmap or hint as to things to come and things worked on?

  2. Hi Rob,

    Awesome news!
    You have been bending over backwards to make musicbrainz work. I am glad to hear you will be able to pay some rent and continue making this place thrive!

    All the best,

    — Sander

  3. Sander: Thanks for you support!

    Arcterex: First off, Happy Birthday!

    As far as the tagger is concerned, I see the following three areas that need the most work:

    1. UI improvements: keyboard shortcuts, more context menus, more menus, etc
    2. More control over what data goes into tags. Such as AR’ifying Picard.
    3. Features to match the upcoming schema improvements.

    Thats the general direction that things will head in over the next few months.

  4. I agree with you the way you view the issue. I remember Jack London once said everything positive has a negative side; everything negative has positive side. It is also interesting to see different viewpoints & learn useful things in the discussion.

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