Entrepreneurship and Open Source

Entrepreneurship and Open Source

An entrepreneur is someone who can start, significantly expand, or transform an enterprise. ~Walt Sutton

Entrepreneurs can build stronger businesses by using open source software. This presentation shares success stories.

Presented at RubyConf Kenya on May 5, 2016


Ray Hightower

May 05, 2016


  1. Entrepreneurship and Open Source RubyConf Kenya Africa Nazarene University

    Kenya May 5-7, 2016
  2. Consultant +

  3. Invoice: $10,000.00

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  5. RayHightower.com

  6. Open Source & Knowing What to Do With the Chalk

  7. Not tricking clients. Delivering value.

  8. What & Why

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  10. Open source is not about bashing .

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  12. “Secret sauce” remains secret. You decide what to share.

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  15. Chicago Copenhagen Osaka Nairobi

  16. Watch your licensing. Get counsel.

  17. I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t

    be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. 
 Linus Torvalds Grad Student, Finland
  18. Linus Torvalds

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  21. “I pull the source code into Eclipse…” 
 11-year-old Chicago,

    IL, USA
  22. Entrepreneurship

  23. Start Significantly
 Expand Transform Enterprise }

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  25. Open Source + Entrepreneurship

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  27. “I thought if I can't go to the hacker school,

    let me try to bring the school to me.” @NjeriChelimo
  28. “I thought if I can't go to the hacker school,

    let me try to bring the school to me.” 
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  32. http://www.hdwallpapersinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2013-Lamborghini-Gallardo-Lp-570-4.jpg

  33. [With open source] Rather than just sit around idle waiting

    for some vendor to fix your problems, you get the unique chance of being a steward of your own destiny. 
 -David H. Hansson
  34. What if we had open source hardware?

  35. Arduino

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  38. 64-node Raspberry Pi Supercomputer http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/supercomputer-built-from-raspberry-pi-and-lego/

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  41. ESC Ethernet Adapter BeagleBone Black OpenROV Controller Board Electronics Assembly

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  43. Efficiency of Locomotion

  44. Efficiency of Locomotion

  45. Efficiency of Locomotion

  46. Computer: Bicycle for the Mind

  47. Computer: Bicycle for the Mind Open Source: Bicycle for Entrepreneurship

  48. Thanks! RayHightower.com