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Become a sponsor to Alex Ellis

Alex Ellis

United Kingdom

Keep these projects independent, free and actively developed

Are you already a user? Perhaps you just appreciate developer tools that make your job easier. Including: k3sup, arkade, openfaas, inlets and derek.

These projects do not receive external funding, but are free and open source. I don't want to have to shut any more of them down, but need to be honest with you. They cost time and money to maintain and develop. This is where you can help.

Become an Insider and join my journey

When you join GitHub Sponsors you become an Insider because you're joining my independent Open Source journey. You'll be right there with me each week reading my email updates on: independent open source and the challenges of monetisation (sustainability).

What do you get? 🧑‍💻

To start off, you'll get bragging rights about actually supporting Open Source.

Then you'll hear from me each week with what I'm reading, what I'm learning, what's new with features, tutorials, events and sponsor-only offers that you won't want to miss. You can also send me your own content to include in the "Insiders' Corner" section.

Here's a taster of recent Updates on the industry with free additional resources:

Treasure Trove 🏝

If you're on the 25 USD / mo tier or higher, then you'll get access to [The Treasure Trove]( - a portal, just for sponsors.


  • Every update I've written since 2019 (over 140 to explore!)
  • 20% discount for all my eBooks
  • 50% discount on booking 1:1s with me

Sponsors Portal

How my work benefits you 🎯

If you've ever searched for a topic on Go, Docker, Raspberry Pi, or Kubernetes, then the chances are that you've already benefitted from my work. You might have also seen one of my blog posts on Twitter, Reddit, Hacker News or in a newsletter.

As a CNCF Ambassador I volunteer my time to help the community understand how to use and benefit from Cloud Native and open source technology.

OpenFaaS is the largest project with over 27k GitHub Stars, more than 350 contributors, and hundreds of blog posts and conference talks recorded from around the world. This project takes up the majority of my time and focus, but unfortunately, many end-users do not contribute any resources to its upkeep or continued development.

Join me on this journey 🙋‍♂️

Open Source is not sustainable without external funding, and I don't expect GitHub Sponsors to ever pay the bills. So over the past 2 years I've built a Premium Consulting business. I help companies reach developers, show off their technology, get connected with influencers, and to build their own communities.

The more funds we can raise through GitHub Sponsors, then the more I can focus on what you know me for: open source software, technical tutorials, building community, and creating more value for you.

I believe open-source should stay open and that we need to sustain both people and projects. If you do too, then Sponsor today and join my journey 🏆

Expand my horizons with a book

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149 sponsors are funding alexellis’s work.


I need your help to secure the future of OpenFaaS, inlets, k3sup and arkade. These projects do not receive external funding from the companies that rely on them in production, so it's up to all of us to keep them alive. Your sponsorship means that these projects can continue to exist for everyone to use and benefit from. The more we raise here, the more I can serve the community.


Featured work

  1. openfaas/faas

    OpenFaaS - Serverless Functions Made Simple

  2. alexellis/k3sup

    bootstrap Kubernetes with k3s over SSH < 1 min 🚀

  3. alexellis/arkade

    Open Source Marketplace For Kubernetes

  4. alexellis/derek

    Reduce maintainer fatigue by automating GitHub

  5. inlets/inlets-operator

    Get public LoadBalancers on your local Kubernetes clusters

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☕️ Buy me a coffee.

You'll get a badge on your profile, and show up as a "Sponsor" on Issues and PRs.

$15 a month


🎯 You may have benefitted from my blogs, tutorials, or one of the projects I maintain like k3sup, arcade, OpenFaaS, inlets, or Derek.

Upgrade to the next tier for even more benefits.

✍️ Insiders' Subscription with weekly updates
🤖 Free access to Derek for your personal repos

$25 a month


🏝 Treasure Trove - access the complete backlog of Insiders Updates and early access to tutorials

  • You're making a contribution to sustaining my OSS and community work.
  • You're supporting my tutorials, blog posts on Cloud Native and OSS tech.

Enable me to continue to give free community-support on Slack and GitHub coaching and leading the community.

💰 Discounts for my eBooks
🤖 Free access to Derek for your personal repos
✍️ Insiders' Subscription with weekly updates
🏝 Treasure Trove - access to every Insiders' Update

$50 a month


🚀 Mission: #TeamServerless

You're enabling me to spend more time on open source. As a thank you, upon request I'll ship you a limited edition patch for our mission together.

💰 Discounts for my eBooks
🤖 Free access to Derek for your GitHub organisation
✍️ Insider Subscription with weekly updates
🏝 Treasure Trove - access to every Insiders' Update
🎁 Limited edition - #TeamServerless patch

$150 a month


👨‍💻 Digital Sommelier

As a digital sommelier, you just know good work when you see it. You have admiration for my solutions, and believe in what I'm trying to build. You're here for the journey.

✍️ Insider Subscription with weekly updates
🏝 Treasure Trove - access to every Insiders' Update
✉️ Limited edition - #TeamServerless patch
⌨️ Custom Keycap - limited edition, for your mechanical keyboard

$500 a month


💻 Business Supporter

You're a business user at a start-up, small company or enterprise and are sponsoring because of the value you get from my open source work and tutorials.

✍️ Insider Subscription with weekly updates
🏝 Treasure Trove - access to every Insiders' Update for 5 people in your GitHub org

$1,000 a month


🧭 Moving the needle

You believe in my Open Source and community work. This tier is going to help me spend more time on Open Source and giving back.

✍️ Insider Subscription with weekly updates
🏝 Treasure Trove - access to every Insiders' Update
🎁 Free intro call - request a 1:1 introduction over Zoom (one-off)