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Game of Open Source: A Tale of Hype and Mire

Game of Open Source: A Tale of Hype and Mire

There is no question that the going is tough when it comes to open source projects. Building the excitement, community and hype is an undertaking unto itself - let's not talk about monetization & sustainability. Often times, just as your project is starting to get off the ground and generate real business - newer and cooler disruptors enter the playing field - and it gets hard to keep the momentum going, all while fending off giants that want a piece of the pie. This talk is going to give some real world insight on what's involved in really building a sustainable open source project, even when the hype is dwindling and the dust settles. This will be based upon lessons learned from leading the Cloud Native & OSS community in Israel, as well as the Cloudify community as my former day job.

Sharone Zitzman

May 09, 2019

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  7. @shar1z Sustainability & Business Models ✘ Venture-Backed Until Profitable COSS

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  8. @shar1z In 2009, I sat down and wrote the first

    few lines of Elasticsearch and open sourced it. I quit my job and spent two years investing in building the product and fostering the amazing community that has been built around it. In 2012 we formed a company, Elastic, around it. - Shay Banon, Elastic(search) “
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