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Episode 9: Is Open Source a Business Model?

Is Open Source a Business Model? May 12th, 11am EDT

Jeff Borek from IBM and Stephen Walli from Microsoft revisit their long-running debate over whether “open source business model” is a phrase that makes sense with Dave Neary.

Episode 10: Maintaining the Middle: How can we ensure open source is long-term sustainable?

Maintaining the Middle: How can we ensure open source is long-term sustainable? May 19th, 11am EDT

Pia Mancini from OpenCollective and Luis Villa from TideLift will share some ideas about the sustainability problem we have in the Open Source world, and how their companies are trying to help.

Catch up on past episodes

Episode 1: The Open Source Database Market

Featuring Marten Mickos

Episode 2: The Business of Standards and Open Source

Featuring Silona Bonewald and Guy Martin, hosted by Stephen Walli

Episode 3: Drupal: A case-study in ecosystem development

Featuring Dries Buytaert and Heather Rocker

Episode 4: The Transformation of an Industry - Open Source in Film

Featuring Carol Payne and Larry Gritz

Episode 5: Venture Capital and Open Source

Featuring Astasia Myers, Redpoint Ventures

Episode 6: The Role of OSPOs

Featuring Nithya Ruff, Comcast, and Gil Yehuda, U.S. Bank

Episode 7: How Innersource can accelerate culture change

Danese Cooper and Isabel Drost-Fromm of the Innersource Commons discuss the benefits of Innersource to drive culture change and adopt open source best practices with Leslie Hawthorn.

Episode 8: How do you balance user and vendor interests? The Sakai Case Study

Dr. Charles Severance, co-founder of the Sakai project, and former executive director of the Sakai Foundation, joins Dave Neary to discuss the early days of the project, and managing the tension between user and vendor interests.


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Highlights from Season 1

Here is a short compilation from the first season of Open Source in Business.

Open source supply chains


Archive of Season 1

Complete episodes of the first season are also available for viewing here.

Exploring open source in business

The growth of open source methodology as a successful process for software development, content creation, and hardware engineering is one of the best technological stories of the 21st Century. Merging those creative processes successfully with business practices has, at times, proven to be challenging, but by no means impossible.

The Open Source in Business webinar series intends to bridge this gap by providing a vendor-neutral forum to discuss the business of open source. The series will examine companies who release software as open source and make money by using that software, rather than by selling it. Participants will hear from services companies that have grown organically by specializing in support and solutions around niche open source projects. Sessions will explore how successful consortia help define and grow a marketplace around popular open source projects. Venture capital partners will share what they look for in successful high-growth businesses, and how open source can play a role in those companies.

Join us for interactive sessions and discussions that explore the inflection point between open source and business, and discover how success in open source business happens.