Symposium LA

(This event is co-located with the Open Source Summit, produced by the Linux Foundation

  • Thursday, September 14

Eventbrite - Open Source Entrepreneur Network Symposium

Open source entrepreneurship consists of ways to build your business on open source principles and process. This means optimizing for open source collaboration, automation and communities. A practitioner of said principles would be an open source entreprenur.

As we learn more about the pervasiveness and ubiquity of open source code, we’re finding that “open source” means so much more than what license you use or the source code you utilize. Open source is now a term of art that includes the process of collaboration, process automation, and building on the work of external ecosystems. Every product manager, engineering manager, investor, CIO/CTO and, yes, entrepreneur needs to understand these concepts intuitively.

Agenda

9am: The Principles of Open Source Entrepreneurship

John Mark Walker, Creator of OSEN

Open source entrepreneurship consists of ways to build your business on open source principles and process. This means optimizing for automation, collaboration, community engagement, and governance. These skill sets are proving to be the most important ones for business success in this century.

“Open source” means so much more than what license you publish software under or the source code you use. Open source is now a term of art that includes the process of collaboration, process automation, and building on the work of external ecosystems. Every product manager, engineering manager, investor, CIO/CTO and, yes, entrepreneur needs to understand these concepts intuitively. This talk will focus on the keys to open source entrepreneurship and how you can use them to transform your organization – and career.

About John Mark

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John Mark Walker is an expert in open source products, ecosystems, and communities. He is the Founder of the Open Source Entrepreneur Network, a resource for tech professionals building products and services with open source software. A frequent contributor to industry acclaimed online journals linux.com and opensource.com, he recently authored his first book, “Building a Business on Open Source Software” published by the Linux Foundation.

John Mark has spent nearly 20 years building his open source expertise through exploring the links between product development and community engagement at  Dell, EMC, IDG, SourceForge, Splunk and Red Hat (via their Gluster acquisition). A frequent speaker, you can connect with him live at Open Source Entrepreneur Network events or via his booking agent.

10am: How to successfully enter the FOSS emerging market 

VM Brasseur, Technical Business and Open Source Strategy Consultant

Free and open source software (FOSS) is an emerging market for most of the corporate and business world. It’s a new land, abundant in resources and promise, and businesses are getting very excited about the possibilities. It’s also an entirely foreign culture, and many businesses are struggling to learn how to operate in this new land. With such potential, a growing number of businesses are looking to enter the FOSS emerging market, which is no surprise. This talk focuses on best practices for businesses entering this brave new world.

About VM

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VM (aka Vicky) Brasseur has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business and open source strategy consultant. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.

11am Innovating in the open: Lessons from a 3 time founder of successful open source based businesses

Evan Powell, CEO, Cloudbyte

What are some lessons learned by an open entrepreneurship entrepreneur?  After leading several companies, including three successful stints as founding CEO, as well as others he supported as an advisor or investor, Evan has seen various patterns emerge. In this talk he shares some practical tips – how do you actually DO open entrepreneurship and how can one avoid common pitfalls? Evan will highlight things that have been underreported and are often unnoticed in the current discussion around open source business practices.

About Evan

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Evan Powell is the CEO and Chairman of Cloudbyte. He has been founding CEO of three enterprise infrastructure software companies, Clarus Systems (RVBD), Nexenta Systems, and most recently StackStorm (BRCD). Currently Evan serves as an advisor and investor in a number of start-ups, including, Cloudian, the emerging leader of intelligent object storage, as well as Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software and others.

1pm There is no Open Source Business Model

Stephen Walli, Open Source and Tech Strategy Consultant

There are best practices to understand when building products from open source software, but there are a number of anti-patterns that crop up along the way. Product teams (from engineering to marketing) need to understand these patterns and practices to participate best in open source project communities and deliver products and services to their customers at the same time. These patterns hold regardless of whether the vendor created and owns the project or participates in projects outside their control.

About Stephen

Stephen Walli

Stephen Walli is an open source business consultant and long-time open source advocate at Docker, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Twitter: @stephenrwalli

2pm Effective Business Leadership with Open Source Supply Chain Management

Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Project Leader

This talk will explore the best practices for software asset management, licence compliance and governance in an open source context. It will explain why the OpenChain industry standard was created, how it is applied to the market, and where it can help individual businesses gain a competitive edge.

About Shane

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Shane Coughlan leads the OpenChain community as Program Manager. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional network of Open Source legal experts and aligning stakeholders to launch both the first law journal and the first law book dedicated to Open Source.

3pm The World Bank GeoNode Study: 200% ROI on Open Source Community Participation 

James Vasile, Partner at Open Tech Strategies

In a stunning report from the OpenDRI, an initiative sponsored by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the World Bank published earlier this spring, researchers looked into whether it was possible to quantify the benefit of contributing to and participating in open source communities. They found the conservative estimate to be on the order of 200% ROI. This talk will be on how the team conducted the study, what they found, and its implications for the open source world.

About James

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James Vasile is a partner at Open Tech Strategies with fifteen years experience as a user, developer, advocate and advisor in the free and open source software world. James was the founding Director of the Open Internet Tools Project and a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center