How Drupal built one of the most diverse communities in open source today
One of Angela Byron's first pieces of code, typed on a VIC-20, was a BASIC program that turned a red box blue. From that color-changing square, she would go onto to become a Google–O'Reilly Open Source Award recipient, the first woman ever featured on the cover of Linux Journal, a core contributor to Drupal, and the co-author of an O'Reilly book. She would not, however, get there via the most traditional path.
As a teenager, Byron wasn't taking college CS courses or studying math textbooks for fun. She was hanging out on a message board run by Chainsaw Records, a Queercore record label from Portland. Byron taught herself Perl, PHP, and MySQL hacking together new features for the community.
It was at community college that she was accepted into Google's Summer of Code in 2005. It was there she got to contribute to an open source CMS called Drupal—the project she'd spend the rest of her career working on.
Since 2005, she has become one of the most prolific contributors to open source software, helping guide Drupal through its dozens of iterations. Along the way, she helped build one of the most diverse, welcoming communities in open source that exists today. While Byron is the first to admit “we are not perfect,” Drupal is a project that puts diversity front-and-center in its mission.
9 terms you'll see in your equity offer—and what they actually mean
No one—with the possible exception of finance experts—looks at their equity package and thinks, “Yep, makes sense.” To help clarify, we've put together a short glossary of terms you're likely to see in your offer, along with literal—and more practical—definitions.
1. Four-year monthly vest
You thought you were getting that fat 0.1% equity stake the moment you signed? Think again, friend. You're going to receive it piecemeal, on a regular schedule referred to as a “vesting schedule.” Think of it as your company's layaway plan for paying out your equity grant.
Literal Definition: You will receive a fraction of your equity package each month, and if you're still working there in four years, you will have your entire package.
Practical Definition: You're probably not going to earn that full equity package.
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