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Building an OSS-Centric Company (and why you want to)

Building an OSS-Centric Company (and why you want to)

Open source is the bread and butter of the community; it also makes us happy, but can it sustain a company? Execu-types will happily leech off OSS without contributing back, but there’s a better way! In this talk I’ll walk through how you can build an OSS-centric company. How to fund it, run it, and use it to build your project and community. Whether you’re looking to build a new company around open source, or simply integrate more OSS-love into your existing business, this talk is for you.

This talk was presented at RailsConf 2014.

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Leah Silber

April 25, 2014
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Transcript

  1. None
  2. WHY OPEN SOURCE?

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  4. Sustainability

  5. ABOUT LEAH

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  7. thor foundation

  8. Underserved Areas

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  10. foundation

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  12. BENEFITS

  13. 1. Expertise

  14. 2. Influence and Access

  15. 3. Recruiting

  16. 4. Good Will

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  18. TACTICS

  19. Funding

  20. Symbiotic Relationship

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  22. Things That Don’t Work

  23. VC

  24. Donations

  25. Selling Support

  26. Things that Do Work

  27. Consulting

  28. Training

  29. Events

  30. Sustainability

  31. CHALLENGES

  32. Emotional Ups and Downs

  33. 1. Set realistic expectations 2. Let people help 3. Track

    the successes 4. Meet people 5. Stay above the fray 6. Take time away
  34. Being Frugal vs. Being Cheap

  35. 1. Sponsorships 2. Swag and Branding Opportunities 3. User Groups

    and smaller events
  36. Avoid Being the Corporate Overlord

  37. Survive While You’re Gone

  38. 1. Build leaders, not just community 2. Give up some

    control
  39. Putting Too Much You Into It

  40. Symbiotic Relationship

  41. SUMMARY

  42. Happiness and Sustainability

  43. In-House Perks

  44. Diverse Funding Sources

  45. Keep Your Goals Aligned

  46. Sustainability

  47. THANK YOU