Every two weeks I send out a newsletter containing lots of interesting stuff for the modern PHP developer. You can expect quick tips, links to interesting tutorials, opinions and packages. Want to learn the cool stuff? Then sign up now!

An interview about the business side of our packages

I recently was interviewed by Povilas Korop about the business side of our packages.

Today we’re talking with Freek Van der Herten – a developer and a partner at Spatie – company from Belgium which is hugely active in Laravel community: they’ve created around 80 packages which are available for free (now it’s postcardware) on Github. I was always interested in the business side of it – how do they make time for such a huge amount of open-source work?


Currently our packages have been downloaded around 880 000 times in total, monthly downloads are now at around 135 000. So next month we’ll cross the magical one million mark 🎉. I’ll be sure to write a post about our experiences with growing open source software then.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.