We’ve always been very transparent about both of these questions, and we published our strategy and our future business model.
Regarding monetization, our philosophy is the following: if it helps individual contributors or small teams, then it should be free and open source; if it serves an organization’s needs, then it should be monetized.
Regarding the open-source license, our goal is to commoditize data integration, so the less friction there is in building connectors and contributing to the code base, the better. So far, this strategy has proven right given how fast our contributor community has been growing.
Today, we want to share how Airbyte will be able to provide SLAs across thousands of connectors, while, as of this date, all the other technologies are unable to get past 200.
It is simple to maintain connectors when you offer only a small number of them, but this task becomes increasingly more complex as the number grows. That is why most ETL / ELT services plateau at around 150 connectors. It is very hard to support more connectors if you build and maintain them internally.