Every bounty comes with a cash component. Open source bounties generally
range from $20-80 dollars. Much less, and it's not worth the overhead of
posting the bounty; much more and we try and break it up into smaller
chunks of work. Private or closed source bounties range much higer.
Most of the open source components developed by Liquid Labs feed into
closed source, commercial applications. When Liquid Labs uses the open
source components in commercial code, a portion of the development fees
Liquid Labs charges the commercial customer are shared with the
developers who claimed bounties on the open source components used.
With a closed source bounty, the developer is working for a client as a
standard sub-contractor (except, with very little overhead, the developer
keeps 80%+ of the revenues). And so these bounties pay more in up-front
cash, but don't have any profit sharing component.