A few years ago this happened to me.
I had been spending my free time working on a hobby project: a rules engine for graph databases. (Yes, I need better hobbies).
During some free time I showed my manager what I was doing and what it was already capable of. He got really excited, and outlined a way to integrate it into our product. He asked if I would work on it for the company instead. I explained that it was open source and I didn’t want to lose that, and he said that was fine, but did I mind if the copyright belonged to the company? I was good with that, so off I went. I spent the next few months working on nothing else.
Here it is 3 years later, and I’ve been able to spend nearly half of my time on that project and related systems ever since. I even talk about it at conferences 😊
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