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How to open source as a startup

How to open source as a startup

Presented in San Francisco at GitHub Universe 2022

Anand Chowdhary

November 25, 2022
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  1. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Co-founder

    & CTO of Pabio and GitHub Star Anand Chowdhary @AnandChowdhary How to open source 
 as a startup
  2. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 30

    Under 30 Asia 2018 Maintainer + entrepreneur Y Combinator 
 Summer 2021 GitHub Stars 2021 & 2022
  3. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Maintainers,

    take the plunge! Today My non-software company Open source project to SaaS startup
  4. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 My

    open source entrepreneurship journey starts in 8 years after I published my first website 2016
  5. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

  6. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Browser

    extension for accessibility 🏆 AngelHack Delhi Code4Impact 2016 Oswald for Chrome
  7. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

  8. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

  9. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

  10. “ Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

    I love it!!!! I work with students with disabilities and myself often use visual modifications. Your extension is one of the best out there especially since Evernote discontinued Clearly. Loreto Dumitrescu Occupational Therapist from Brooklyn
  11. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 “

    I have a problem of photophobic eyes and many websites I access have high contrast colors that hurt my eyes. But Oswald plugin literally changed my life. Thank you for keeping it free, I sincerely pray that your company become more and more successful. Adnan Abbasi Review on Chrome Web Store
  12. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 “

    I have a problem of photophobic eyes and many websites I access have high contrast colors that hurt my eyes. But Oswald plugin literally changed my life. Thank you for keeping it free, I sincerely pray that your company become more and more successful. Adnan Abbasi Review on Chrome Web Store
  13. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 “

    I have a problem of photophobic eyes and many websites I access have high contrast colors that hurt my eyes. But Oswald plugin literally changed my life. Thank you for keeping it free, I sincerely pray that your company become more and more successful. Adnan Abbasi Review on Chrome Web Store
  14. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Online

    accessibility for Platform and widget Websites Native accessibility for Smartphone and apps Devices
  15. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Native

    accessibility for Starting with smartphones Devices
  16. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Accessible

    smartphone operating system Based on Android 5.0 Lollipop with speech and vibration technology, accessible UI, customization features, native Indian languages Shravan OS
  17. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Conversational

    captioning app for people with deafness using speech recognition Object recognition and navigation app for people with visual impairment Visib11y Live Subtitles Augmented Reality reading app for people with dyslexia, available on Android & iOS Augmenta11y Shravan Apps
  18. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Customization

    and accessibility plugin Used by governments and enterprises to make their websites more accessible. Not an “accessibility fixing overlay” but a customization and help platform. Agastya
  19. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Automated

    accessibility audits Daily accessibility audits, status pages, and performance monitoring with and accessibility suggestions based on top of Lighthouse. Dai11y
  20. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Pabio

    (Y Combinator S21) Rent-to-own furniture with personalized interior design in Europe. My new, non- software company
  21. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Scheduled

    workflow every 5 minutes Customizable template Open source project GitHub Actions Free but limited customization Uptime Robot “I need an uptime monitor and status page for our site”
  22. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Add

    all the URLs you want to monitor and customize configuration like language and notifications. 1. Generate repository from template
  23. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 A

    scheduled workflow checks if all your sites are up and their response time, and a summary is generated in your repository. 2. Uptime monitor starts and generates README
  24. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Issues

    are automatically created when a website goes down, and automatically closed when it comes back up. 3. GitHub issues when something goes wrong
  25. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Publish

    a status website with the live status of all your URLs along with showing past incidents and response times. 4. Status page website using GitHub Pages
  26. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Community

    Stargazers on GitHub, featured on CSS Tricks and Simon Willison’s Weblog 12k+ Users Projects using Upptime, including Ory, Wakatime, Chatwoot, and Canonical 3k+ Usage Hours of free CI time on GitHub Actions every month (or, 10 hours every hour) 7.4k+
  27. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 WeWork

    also says they’re a tech company If you’re using open source, contribute Builds company culture Adds authenticity as a tech company High-quality hiring pipeline Fixing issues and maintaining Free employee upskilling How Upptime generates value for Pabio People want to work at Pabio
  28. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Top

    3 motivations for open source contributions in the 2020 FOSS Contributor Survey by The Linux Foundation & The Laboratory for Innovation Science Adding a needed feature or fix, enjoying learning, and fulfilling a need for creative/enjoyable work
  29. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Paid

    participation or internal sprints Start with non-critical components Open source your internal tools Take baby steps like hackathons Encourage contributions internally Start a small GitHub Sponsors Fund Sponsor your dependencies How to get started with open source at your company Set up an open source strategy
  30. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Frontend-only

    file uploading widget 🏆 Product Hunt’s #1 Product of the Day 🌟 My first project with 1k+ stars on GitHub 💖 Made at El Niño in Enschede Uppload
  31. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Accountability

    and time management Embrace and recognize contributors No separate GitHub accounts No guilt for spending company time Contribute on company time No lunch, nights, or weekends Some anti- patterns that may already exist internally
  32. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Ensure

    tracking updates to UAParser.js Not just a new laptop, but giving back Bonus: Great hiring perk! No single point of failure Recommend favorite projects Budget for each engineer An MVP can be an internal Sponsors Fund
  33. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Maintainers,

    take the plunge! Starting a company from your open source project
  34. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Open

    source is swinging back around
  35. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022

  36. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Like

    NestJS, Nuxt, Sushi Like Remix, Bun, Deno, CodeSandbox Fundraising for open source Sponsorware, consulting, support Like Sourcegraph, Qt, MongoDB Dual or delayed licensing Open source companies are the best of both worlds
  37. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Open

    (Source) for Business by Heather Meeker Recommended reading
  38. Open source as a startup @AnandChowdhary November 9, 2022 Keep

    building, 
 keep shipping! Questions? Hit me up at @AnandChowdhary.