saas.unbound is a podcast for and about founders who are working on scaling inspiring products that people love brought to you by . I’m your host Anna Nadeina, Head of Growth for In episode 21, we talk with Mike Perham, founder and CEO at Sidekiq (, a full-featured background processing framework for Ruby.

Mike unveils the concept behind Sidekiq explaining how this tool allows developers to build and scale Ruby applications. He explains how Sidekiq works by creating jobs to process data and distribute them across many machines. Listen as Mike discusses the synergy between the open-source project and the commercial aspect of Sidekiq, contributing to its ongoing development and success. Get a look into the process of building dependable software and how to monetize an open-source project as Mike shares his journey. Discover the benefits of an open-core model and learn about Mike’s strategies for building the project, finding contributors, and pricing his product.

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