[OpenStack Foundation] Foundation Structure: An Alternative

Dave Neary dave at neary-consulting.com
Tue Mar 13 10:52:35 UTC 2012


On 03/12/2012 07:06 PM, Dallas Kashuba wrote:
> On Mar 12, 2012, at 2:45 AM, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>> Tiered structure: this is the current proposal, which is well balanced.
>> The only issue is that the board grows by 3 people when (if) a strategic
>> member is added.

One board member per highest-paying sponsor is better than 3, I think.

> This is another thing I was wondering about.  Will there be a limit on the number of strategic members?  I don't see the foundation wanting to turn away someone waving money around, but then you have to deal with board growth.

What the Linux Foundation does is have a maximum number of Platinum 
member board seats - once there are more than 10 Platinum sponsors, 
there are annual elections for the 10 Platinum board seats, and someone 
misses out.

Similarly, for Gold and Silver member seats, there are annual elections 
to elect 3 of the 16 Gold members and 1 of the 120 or so Silver members 
to the board. And so on for the other board seats.

>> Pay-to-vote: you have two classes: corporate seats and individual seats.
>> Individual members elect the individual seats (which represent 25-33% of
>> the total). Corporate seats are also all elected and corporations get a
>> vote for every ?$ they put in. One drawback is that large corporations
>> which are no longer guaranteed of getting a board seat will probably pay
>> less under this model.
> Also agreed that large corporations will likely pay less without a guaranteed board seat.

That all depends on the value the foundation is offering - and that's an 
important question. If big corporations will pay less without a 
guaranteed board seat, that means that being on the board is important. 
Why? And if that's the case, why would anyone pay to be an associate 
member, where they're very unlikely to get on the board? I'd like to 
think that the Foundation will provide value to its members above and 
beyond providing board seats.


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