[An example about the dedication to transparency]: Ten minutes into our Google Hangout interview, I’m looking at a spreadsheet of the weekly salaries of Gittip developers. Whitacre is describing the most unusual compensation system I’ve ever heard of. Every week, a few hundred dollars arrive in the main Gittip account, earmarked for the operation of Gittip. Gittip’s employees then choose for themselves how much they deserve to be paid.
On the spreadsheet, I see 70 or so contributors have chosen amounts ranging anywhere from just a few pennies all the way up to $42 — Whitacre’s take. (Whitacre makes an additional $400 or so per week from donations made directly to him.)
“The dollar amounts here are a collective representation of everybody’s resentment and guilt,” says Whitacre, with a twinkle in his eye. “Isn’t that fun?”