Some Exciting Meteor News

Hey all,

I wanted to post a quick note here before the news went public later today. We’ve been fans and believers from afar of the Meteor platform and just completed an acquisition with the Apollo team to re-invest in both Meteor and Galaxy.

If you’re not familiar with us, we’re Tiny, a holding company in Canada and the folks behind Metalab, Dribbble, Castro, and others. What we hope to bring to Meteor is an injection of energy and resources to continue building on the amazing platform that already exists. Over the next few months, you’ll start seeing this first-hand.

Thanks for all of your contributions and for making Meteor the powerful resource that it is for products around the globe.

We hope you all are as excited for the next chapter as we are.

-Andrew

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This is very exciting news!

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Wow such a news ! And thanks for this message here, this is very reassuring !

Long live to Meteor and Tiny !

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Just as Meteor Community Packages is getting off the ground as well. Looking forward to learn more at the full announcement.

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I’m glad to see this happening.

I still believe a lot in Meteor, let’s make this new chapter together :slight_smile:

Congrats!

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Full announcement from Meteor Blog: https://blog.meteor.com/a-new-chapter-for-meteor-7b684320be4c

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And for a bit of additional context see: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/02/tiny-acquires-meteor/

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This is amazing. I’m so excited to see where new life will take Meteor.

Thank you to MDG for all of the amazing work done on Meteor up until this point.

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Im really happy about this news, my biggest question is, will Ben still work on Meteor?

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Well @benjamn is compiling his response right now, so we will know soon.

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This was literally the first thought in my head after reading the news from Meteor blog :laughing:

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Since Meteor’s bithday, there have been loooot of occasions when we were eating popcorn waiting to hear for @benjamn

But never has it been so paramount than right now :rofl:

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I have a ton of feelings and hopes and ideas related to this transition, but I keep coming back to the following way of thinking about what’s happening:

We (MDG and the community) have been acutely aware of a bug in the organizational structure of Galaxy and Meteor. Specifically, revenue from payments by Galaxy customers simply was not flowing back into Meteor or Galaxy development, because MDG/Apollo is financially committed to the growth of Apollo and GraphQL, first and foremost.

If you’ve spent any time in the Meteor community, this bug report will not come as a surprise. Long-time Meteor contributor @KoenLav opened an issue earlier this year to draw attention to these problems, which spawned a healthy discussion about communication and commitments:

I have personally carved out as much time as I could to work on Meteor, which was justified because a lot of the same technologies have found applications in both Meteor and Apollo, MDG uses Meteor internally, and Galaxy revenue has been immensely valuable to the company. However, none of those justifications delivers what the community has every right to expect: that the money you pay for Galaxy hosting and support should be spent on improving (and marketing!) Galaxy and Meteor. The only truly sustainable justification for Meteor development is that it pays for itself, plain and simple.

By separating Meteor and Galaxy from Apollo and GraphQL, we can finally restore the positive feedback loop between Meteor’s technical development, Galaxy growth and revenue, and Meteor adoption.

I couldn’t be happier with Tiny as the new stewards of this open-source business. All their incentives are aligned to rejuvenate Meteor and grow its community, using the very resources provided by that community, both financial and technical. And they have a proven track record of similar acquisitions. If they play their cards right, Meteor has every chance to become the crown jewel of their portfolio.

Yes, I still work (primarily) for Apollo, and I will not be joining the Tiny team to work full-time on Meteor. Anyone would be lucky to have a side project as fun and promising and worthwhile as Meteor, and that’s exactly how I think about my continued involvement. While I’m not in any hurry to stop working on Meteor, I am eager to share responsibility for issue triage, roadmap planning, release engineering, and all the other processes that make Meteor what it is. With any luck, those processes will only accelerate thanks to dedicated human and financial resources.

Exciting times ahead!

P.S. If you’ve been wondering why we haven’t merged any pull requests in the last couple of weeks—especially all the TypeScript conversion PRs sitting unmerged—it’s because we needed a new Contributor License Agreement, but it was tricky to explain the need for the new CLA without divulging the news of the acquisition.

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Thank you @benjamn Very excited to see where this will go. :clap::clap::clap:

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Thanks for your thoughtful and considered response, Ben - and for your unparalleled work over the past few years.

I confess to to being excited and apprehensive all at the same time.

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So excited about this! I feel like there’s a ton of potential in the Meteor vision, and I can’t wait to see what Tiny makes of it.

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I am excited to see what a renewed focus will produce in terms of a reduction in the FUD surrounding Meteor. I think this will be a good thing. I think this coupled with the Meteor Community group’s effort to help maintain the critical packages that makes building applications with meteor so painless will go a long way in showing people that Meteor is here to stay. @benjamn we would all be sad to see you go so I am hopeful that you will continue to be a big part of the project moving forward … just with the benefit of receiving more support

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As somebody who has answered many Galaxy support tickets with “that suggestion sounds like a great idea but I can’t commit to a timeline for implementing it’”, I’m really looking forward to the presentation I’m giving soon to the Tiny dev team on “My Top Ten Recommended Improvements To Galaxy”!

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Thank you Ben, you brought us all to this :slight_smile:

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