Season 2 starts March 17!

The archive of Season 1 episodes is available here.

Episode 1: The Open Source Database Market

Featured speaker: Mårten Mickos - Hosted by Dave Neary
Recorded: March 17, 2021, 5pm EDT
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Mårten Mickos joins Dave Neary to talk about the topical subject of the open source database market, and the economic realities of that business model. From the early days of open source databases like Ingres through MySQL and Sleepycat in the 2000s, to modern cloud native databases like ElasticSearch and MongoDB, open source database companies have struggled with the challenge of converting users of their free, open source projects into paying customers. We will discuss the business realities that have led the open source database market segment in particular to be an area ofexperimentation around using licensing and trademark in their business strategy.

Episode 2: The Business of Standards and Open Source

Featured speakers: Guy Martin and Silona Bonewald - Hosted by Stephen Walli
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Date: March 26, 2021, 11am EDT

While technical standards and open source software development are both collaborative efforts involving representatives of diverse stakeholders, there have historically been significant cultural differences between open source communities and standards development organizations.

In recent years, however, standards bodies have increasingly embraced open source software development as an efficient way to develop implementations of emergent standards, and open source communities like the Eclipse Foundation have made the leap to become standards organizations.

In this episode, Silona Bonewald, the Executive Director of IEEE SA Open, and Guy Martin, the OASIS Executive Director, join Stephen Walli to discuss the drivers that lead companies to invest in the development of open standards, and in open source implementations of those standards, and to explore the history of both standards development and open source communities, and what the future looks like for both.

Episode 3: Drupal: A case study in ecosystem development

Featured speakers: Dries Buytaert, Heather Rocker - Hosted by Dave Neary
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Date: March 31, 2021, 11:30am EDT

Since being launched by Dries Buytaert from his college dorm, Drupal has become a massively successful open source content management platform, with an international ecosystem of commercial entities who benefit from, and contribute to the maintenance of, the shared platform.

With so many projects struggling with the transition from community-developed software to commercialization, Drupal stands out in its success. In this episode, I will be joined by Heather Rocker, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, and Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and CTO of Acquia, to discuss how the project has navigated transitions which trip up so many other projects, including:

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

Featured speakers: Carol Payne, Netflix, and Larry Gritz, Sony - Hosted by Dave Neary
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Date: April 7, 2021, 1:00pm EDT

Twenty years ago, studios working on Hollywood movies and other media developed much of their tooling in-house, or purchased proprietary off-the-shelf software. In recent years, however, studios are increasingly collaborating on open source libraries and tools for common needs, launching the Academy Software Foundation in 2018. Today, the media production industry working together on dozens of open source projects for applications including colour management, timeline editing, document interchange, rendering, and compositing.

For this episode, Carol Payne of Netflix and Larry Gritz of Sony Pictures Imageworks join us to discuss the technical and cultural changes that have led the media industry to embrace open source software in recent years, to discuss the role that open source plays today in media production, and the technological challenges facing the industry for the future.

Episode 5: Venture Capital and Open Source

Featured speakers: Astasia Myers, Redpoint Ventures, and Imran Ghory, Blossom Capital - Hosted by Dave Neary
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Date: April 14, 2021, 12:00 noon EDT

The role of venture capital in scaling young companies is critical. It provides resources to hire people, scale sales and marketing efforts to reach new audiences, and to provide runway for future development plans. However, the constraints involved in meeting the expectations of a high valuation can sometimes lead to uncomfortable tension between project early adopters and the growth of a company.

In this episode, Astasia Myers of Redpoint Ventures and Imran Ghory of Blossom Capital will discuss what makes an attractive investment opportunity in an open source company, what measures are important for valuation and growth, and the importance of open source in early growth and finding the right business model.

Episode 6: The Role of Open Source Program Offices Outside the Software Industry

Featured speakers: Nithya Ruff, Comcast, and Gil Yehuda, U.S. Bank - Hosted by Dave Neary
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Date: April 21, 2021, 11:00 am EDT

In recent years, more and more companies have been creating an Open Source Program Office (OSPO) in industries far outside the traditional software sector. Banks, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, oil and gas companies, and others have created this function to guide the evolution of how software is produced and consumed by these companies.

In this episode, Dave Neary will be joined by Nithya Ruff, Executive Director of the Open Source Program Office of Comcast and chair of the board of the Linux Foundation, and Gil Yehuda, Head of Open Source Engineering and Technology at U.S. Bank, to discuss the pivotal role that Open Source Program Offices have played in evolving attitudes to the risks of consuming open source software and enabling their engineers to develop and contribute to open source projects.

We will talk about the key stakeholders for an OSPO in a large company, and whether they have faced similar challenges in helping their companies evolve over the years. We will discuss the differences between traditional open source technology companies and working in an industry where technology is an enabler of customer value, rather than the primary driver of revenue. Finally, we will discuss where we see open source developing in the future, and some resources that are available to companies interested in starting an OSPO of their own.

Episode 7: How Innersource can accelerate culture change

Featured speakers: Danese Cooper, NearForm, and Isabel Drost-Fromm, Europace - Hosted by Leslie Hawthorn
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Date: April 28, 2021, 9:00 am EDT

The term “InnerSource” was coined over twenty years ago to describe the practice of adopting open source principles and methods inside organizations. The goals of InnerSource are to encourage the breaking down of organizational siloes and to improve communication and cooperation within a company.

In this episode, Leslie Hawthorn will host Danese Cooper of NearForm and Isabel Drost-Fromm of Europace to discuss the benefits of InnerSource as a way to accelerate culture change, and to encourage adoption of open tools, standards, and best practices in software development in large organizations.