The software developer who founded an online marketplace for software is not paid a salary for the work he does, but he is still allowed to charge exorbitantly high prices for his software, according to a new investigation by Vice News.
The investigation also found that a software engineer at a software startup is paid $1,000 a month for working for a startup with more than 1,000 employees.
The software engineer, named James, works for a company called Insight Software, and his compensation was set by his employers, which include a nonprofit called the California Software Industry Association.
In fact, James is allowed to pay his fellow employees $2,000 per month for their work on the company’s software.
That’s more than twice the amount of a typical full-time software engineer’s salary, Vice News found.
But it’s not the first time a software executive has been investigated by Vice.
Last year, Vice looked into a software company in Virginia that was accused of paying software engineers to write software for its competitors.
That company was called DigitalOcean.
The company’s former president, Jeff Weiner, pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering and other charges.
A spokeswoman for Insight Software did not respond to a request for comment.