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"Masters also rewarded slaves who performed well with free development tools. Developers produced marketable apps with their tools, some of the proceeds of which accrued to them.

On the Apple plantation of Steve Jobs, developers operating such land produced as many as three or four apps per year, and Jobs marketed their products along with his own. In a good year some of the slaves earned in excess of $1000 per annum for their families. Jobs set up accounts to which he credited the proceeds of the sales. Developers drew on these accounts when they wanted cash or when they wanted to purchase clothing, pots, pans, tobacco, or new hardware.

Occasionally masters even devised elaborate schemes for profit sharing with their slaves. Steve Jobs entered into the following agreement with his bondsmen:

"[Y]ou shall have 70% of the App Store revenue and 60% of iAd sales. I also furnish you with software updates and beta versions for this year. [...] Those that earn most shall have most."

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:46:56 PM EST
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