Friday, June 8, 2018

"I’m Nat Friedman, future CEO of GitHub. AMA."

From Reddit:

Hi, I’m Nat Friedman, future CEO of GitHub (when the deal closes at the end of the year). I'm here to answer your questions about the planned acquisition, and Microsoft's work with developers and open source. Ask me anything.
Update: thanks for all the great questions. I'm signing off for now, but I'll try to come back later this afternoon and pick up some of the queries I didn't manage to answer yet.
Update 2: Signing off here. Thank you for your interest in this AMA. There was a really high volume of questions, so I’m sorry if I didn’t get to yours. You can find me on Twitter ( if you want to keep talking.

[–]hey-its-matt 303 points  
What is your response to people moving repos to GitLab and other providers?
[–]nat_friedman[S] 712 points  
Developers are independent thinkers and will always have a healthy degree of skepticism, but I admit I was sad to see that some felt compelled to move their code. I take the responsibility of earning their trust seriously.
OTOH, I think it’s great that git gives developers the flexibility to move their repos like this, and I hope those who have tried out other Git hosts in the past few days will keep an open mind and consider moving back once we’ve demonstrated our commitment to openness and made GitHub even better. If they choose not to move back, that’s their prerogative and we celebrate developer choice even when developers don’t choose us.
That said, the GitHub team reports that the set of users who have migrated or closed their accounts is extremely small, and this is more than made up for by the surge of new signups and new interest in GitHub this week.
[–]charliethom 378 points  
I take the responsibility of earning their trust seriously.
Love this attitude. That is all.
[–]ddy_stop_plz 215 points  
As a developer I really distrust Microsoft and this acquisition scares the hell out of me.
That being said, this AMA has helped a decent bit
[–]sakdfghjsdjfahbgsdf 283 points  
As a consumer, I heavily distrust Microsoft.
As a developer, MS has been nothing but good to me. They make top-tier products, have abandoned SourceSafe in favor of git, and recent moves to open-source .NET and such have been great. I think this acquisition will be a very good thing for GitHub.