Business track

How do you build a successful open source business?
Share what you know about building and growing a business in the FOSS world. From choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers, open source businesses have their own sets of concerns. Example topics from the past include “Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes” and “The Independent Software Developer.

Sessions for this track

* A Crash Course in Tech Management

'Programmer' and 'Manager' are two different titles for a reason: they're two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade.
VM Brasseur

* A Snapshot of Open Source in West Africa

Ever wonder why Wikipedia fund raising focuses that much on Africa? Are you curious about what Open Source means for West Africans? What it is used for and where it is going? Join to hear real world examples about us trying to build communities and businesses around open source in West Africa.
Renaud Gaudin

* Beyond Excel: Bringing Web Connected Science to… Scientists

Come learn how team Hydrasi is partnering with scientific organizations to combine Open Source technologies and give them tools they never realized they could have. We'll blend stories of working with organizations such as DEQ, NOAA, and the Army Corps with your own story to explore ways scientists can partner with techies to make the world a better place.
John Metta, Bill Jackson

* Free for Open Source: Marketing to Developers

Developers, like hipsters are simultaneously dead simple and infuriatingly difficult as marketing targets. Learn how supporting open source can be used as a tool to entice developers into your product's world.
Michael Bleigh

* How Not to Release Software

You've seen a million best practice talks. This is quite the opposite: I'll instruct you in the ways I've failed over twenty years of software development, and advise you how not to make the same mistakes.
Laura Thomson

* How We Went Remote

Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team...but if you don't have the correct infrastructure in place you're just setting yourself--and your remote team members--up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it.
VM Brasseur

* Open Source and Intellectual Property - Busting [some of] the Myths

"If it's open source, that means it's public domain, right?" "Well, it's fair use if you only copy 5% of it." "I know, let's get a trademark and then nobody can use our idea!" A discussion of common myths about intellectual property and how it applies to open source.
Paula Holm Jensen

* Pro-Style Code Review

Code review is awesome. Do more of it.
Lennon Day-Reynolds

* Scaling Your Community by Nurturing Leaders

In this session, we’ll talk about strategies for nurturing, empowering and rewarding community leaders to help scale your open source community. Most of the examples will come from 10gen’s experience working with the community around the open source database MongoDB.
Meghan Gill

* The Art of Customer Engagement and Retention: Premium Support for Freemium Software

Your project won't be successful if people can't use it successfully. There are a lot of tricks to good tech support that won't break the bank.
Chris "Fool" McCraw

* Toward an Open Source Process for Security Vulnerabilities

Security vulnerabilities can be a source of anxiety and lost sleep, or they can be a carefully managed opportunity to bring communities together, practice safe operational practices, and prevent problems. Join me to discuss how we can all manage our security issues sanely and cooperatively, and lose less sleep!
Larissa Shapiro

* What the Hell Is Wrong with You People? Pushing Change Across an Organization from the Basement Office

You have a great idea, perhaps the best idea ever, but you work with a bunch of know-it-alls, scaredy cats, well poisoners and lazy asses. You need a project management cycle that praises, emboldens, listens and inspires. You need a project management cycle that works.
Chris Chiacchierini, Chris Langford

* What We Talk About When We Talk About Project Management

We ask for a lot of things under the heading of 'project management'. This leads to pain and suffering when we are not clear for what we are asking for, or we're not set up to support what we're asking for. This is particularly special in open source companies and projects.
Amye Scavarda

* Your Open Source Startup

Are you ready to take your Open Source project to the next level? Maybe it's time for a startup.
Evan Prodromou

Proposals for this track

* A NoOps Kind of World

Startups have received more funding since 2010 than at any other point in history. This is credited to a few reasons – low barrier to entry and the recent employment market in the US. Most importantly, however, is the role that core cloud technologies have played. We will discuss the history of the cloud, and how it has impacted startups and large corporations alike.
Business 2012-03-16 17:44:55 +0000
Lucas Carlson

* Active Citizenship in a Room: growing our "Collective Agency"

Does your business have customers, people doing work, and/or people investing money and time? In what ways do you have trust/reputation, empathy/reciprocity, and ability to act? What public knowledge and shared experiences do people have? On what choices do they have the ability to make decisions and get stuff done? Alex Linsker will share his experiences learned from Portland's cooperative workplace "Collective Agency". The focus will be guided break-out sessions for you to grow an active citizenry of your work. What kind of city do you want your business to be? What are non-traditional ways to work with many active, equal citizens, and to be an active, equal citizen yourself?
Business 2012-03-09 23:49:13 +0000
Alex Linsker

* From Cooking in Co-Ops to Apache Commits: Insights from Growing Horizontal Communities

The collaborative learning and changemaking open source culture and tools has proven that the collective is now stronger than any of its parts. But what are the most effective strategies for growing an community in the Millions? In this talk I'll showcase insights we can garner from intentional communities such as community radio stations and the cooperatives and how you can use those techniques to grow, scale and manage open source communities.
Business 2012-03-16 16:09:42 +0000
Francesca Krihely

* Keep control of your PHP projects!

This talk will show how to keep control of your PHP projects with continuous integration and deep source code analysis.
Business 2012-02-04 21:55:46 +0000
Hugo Hamon

* Managing Nerds: 12 things you need to do as a new manager

Are you an aspiring manager, a current manager, or just wondering what the heck it is that a manager does all day? I'll go over the successes and failures I had while making the transition from the text editor to the conference room. You'll learn how to delegate effectively, set goals, coach employees, how to handle one-on-one meetings, and more.
Business 2012-03-16 23:58:08 +0000
Alex Kroman

* Open Source As A Career Move

When we talk about contributing to open source, it is usually framed as a sacrifice, an act of altruism. Yet those generous individuals seem to land the most fabulous jobs and build excellent companies. Coincidence or a great career move?
Business 2012-03-16 18:27:22 +0000
Lorna Mitchell

* OpenStack 101

OpenStack is an open source project based on the efforts of over a thousand developers working to build a better cloud operating system.
Business 2012-03-16 17:19:57 +0000
Christopher MacGown

* R-Shief - A launchpad for engagement, policy, and agenda

Our tools have been aggregating an archive of content from the Internet in Arabic and English since 2008. As the revolutions in North Africa and Middle East occurred, R-Shief.s technology was immediately employed to capacity. Today, using swarm intelligence within cloud computing infrastructure, R-Shief Labs provides one of the most comprehensive and publicly accessible repositories on the Arab Revolutions of 2011. Visualizations - Scraping Facebook - Twitter Mining - Sentiment Analysis - Building traffic -
Business 2012-03-05 05:00:37 +0000
Daniel Salters

* Small business mistakes

You have a great business idea and your friends and colleagues are supportive and tell you that you can do it. The forms have been filled in, you've said goodbye to your rat-race job, and you're investing your energy into getting things done. Still, despite how compelling your idea is, you're not making any money and your savings are dwindling. What are you doing wrong? Come to this talk to find out a list of common small business mistakes.
Business 2012-03-27 05:18:07 +0000
Jacinta Richardson

* The FreeNAS Storage Platform: A minute to learn, a lifetime to master

FreeNAS is a killer app(liance) network attached storage that just may put a Unix server in every home and office.
Business 2012-03-16 08:10:28 +0000
Michael Dexter