| ||Ask HN: My company wants my side project. What can I do?|
264 points by yolo42 40 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 312 comments |
I created product on the side as a side project in my own time and it has become a huge hit in the community to a point where my employers wants me to transfer the code-base over. The company does OSS and my side-project is also Open-Source.
I've developed it on my own time but the product directly relates to what my employer does so I've sort of cornered myself in a bad place. In hindsight, I also made some mistakes in how I went about evangelizing it.
Ideally, I want to keep the ownership with myself but I doubt that is going to work out.
I think what I want is:
- to be compensated in some form for all the time I've put in over the last two years
- to have control over the product roadmap (this I'm fairly confident won't happen in the way I want in the long run)
What are my options here?
What should I ask for here? I don't have much clue as to what can I ask for here so any suggestions would be helpful. People at my company generally wants to work things out to keep everyone happy to some degree.
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