Business track

Building open source businesses that thrive.
Share what you know about building and growing a business in the f/oss 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.

Sessions for this track

* Bootstrapping Your Open Source Business

A panel on funding your business without VC, based on GitHub's experiences.
Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, Tom Werner

* Bridging the Developer and the Datacenter

This discussion will creatively explore the fundamental technologies being used by hosting providers, and bridge these concepts with open source development and application deployment. Developers attending this discussion will be provided with examples of where failure can occur, and what questions to ask their provider to ensure optimal uptime for their applications.
Thomas Brenneke

* How to build a successful open source software consulting company

Lessons learned from a successful open source consulting company. This talk is geared towards the open source developer who is considering starting his/her own business, and the entrepreneur who wants to grow the business by leveraging open source development methodologies.
Nate Aune

* HOWTO earn an open source living without taking on investors or selling your soul

Earning a living from open source software? Yes, we can. Let's talk about what actually works (and what doesn't work) for building a service business based not just on open source software, but with an open source philosophy, drawing on real world experience.
Brian Jamison

* Information Security for the Open Source Business

Learn how to address the unique information security challenges that open source businesses face.
Kevin Kenan

* Open Source on the Farm

Most farmers don't use Open Source Software. Why not? Are there cultural issues? Are needed applications missing? Could Open Source Software be packaged better for farmers? Are there marketing and advocacy issues?
David Mandel

* Open Source Press Relations

You have a really cool open source project and everyone should see it, try it, and use it. But ... they don't seem to know about it. How can you make sure your project gets the press coverage it deserves?
Josh Berkus

* Open Source Tools for Freelancers

As a freelancer, you must be your own IT department. You are responsible for website hosting, backups, version control, project/time-tracking and invoicing. Finding inexpensive and maintainable solutions for these needs can be quite daunting. In this session, I will present an overview open-source solutions for these needs.
Christie Koehler

* Work for the Government for Fun and Profit

Government consumes lots of technology and, with the stimulus dollars poised to invest heavily in information technology, spending will increase sharply over the next several years. The potential benefits to using open source software in the public sector may seem intuitively obvious. But what if you own a small business or are an independent developer/contractor? Can the little guy do business with a big bureaucracy? And what IS the government doing to pursue open source today?
Deborah Bryant

Proposals for this track

* Blueprint a business model for your success

There are several ways that open source helps companies to build a thriving and sustainable business. In this session we'll explore both winners and losers to come up with a model that may work for you.
Business 2009-03-24 06:40:40 +0000
David Abramowski

* Bringing Newspapers into the future with Open Source

See how open source software is impacting the way newspapers are doing business.
Business 2009-03-28 08:30:42 +0000
Mark Turner

* Consistent State, an Open Source Business Model case study

Consistent State, Inc has embraced an Open Source Business Model, this talk will present both an overview of the Consistent State Business Model as well as a hands-on preview of their flagship toolkit.
Business 2009-03-05 04:45:32 +0000
kevin kempter

* Documentation: It’s a love-hate relationship

You have written elegant software that you know has commercial value and want to people to use it. The problem is no documentation. You hate documenting your work, but you need documentation in order to sell it.
Business 2009-04-11 01:48:17 +0000
Jake Kuramoto

* Enterprise Lego

Find out how open source connectors such as Snap Logic are enabling interconnection and collaboration between formerly disparate applications.
Business 2009-04-10 23:01:29 +0000
David Koontz

* How an open source startup is taking on the largest proprietary software companies in the world and plans to win: The story of Appcelerator and Titanium.

Appcelerator is using open source as the strategy to bring a new technology to market that challenges the largest software companies in the world. Why it's not enough to have great technology.
Business 2009-03-30 21:38:52 +0000
Jeff Kunz

* How can open video become the new TV?

visionOntv has the goal of making open video activate social change. We have modest foundation funding for 2 years to launch this (starting April 2009).
Business 2009-03-28 10:36:17 +0000
hamish campbell

* Introduction to Spring

An introduction to the Spring framework, with a focus on the core Dependency Injection module.
Business 2009-04-07 00:31:30 +0000
Shaun Abram

* Java vs Storage: Time to Scale - A deep dive into storage models, at the tipping point of scale.

A storage model is a series of frameworks and design philosophy of their usage. How do you know which storage model is correct for your application? This session covers a broad range of topics related to the task of persisting objects into relational storage. We will investigate the pros and cons of very rigid relational models to very loose models of relational storage.
Business 2009-02-24 20:55:08 +0000
Mike Tria

* Maker culture and the new economy

As more people discover that making things is fun, especially making high-tech, complex, useful machines, the economy will shift from one based on scarcity to one based on technical creativity. The Portland area and Portland Tech Shop are poised to be part of this renaissance
Business 2009-03-27 17:03:35 +0000
Webb Sprague

* Marketing Open Source Software

These days, everyone knows that Open Source is a viable business model - but how does one successfully market an Open Source product? This presentation will showcase examples from the Open Source domain and provide hands-on advice about how to unfold a vital Open Source business ecosystem where geeks and customers alike contribute to value creation.
Business 2009-04-10 07:20:08 +0000
Sandro Groganz

* Mobility Matters

This talk looks at the role of open source and Linux in the emerging mobile software space. Could Linux and open source provide an easier link to enterprise applications and therefore enterprise adoption of mobile devices?
Business 2009-04-10 03:54:51 +0000
Jay Lyman

* Negotiating an Open Source Future

Negotiating in any paradigm requires not only subject matter knowledge, but also knowledge of human behavior if success is to be achieved. By using the latest legal structures and negotiation research, participants will learn how to navigate the future persuasively using the law, psychology and game theory.
Business 2009-03-30 01:59:26 +0000
Martin Medeiros

* Non-Profit Success Through Open Source

Open Source projects like CiviCRM are providing tools to non-profit organization that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive. This presentation will focus on success models for leveraging open source in the non-profit context. More importantly, the talk will highlight areas where small efforts from the open source community will lead to huge impacts on the non-profit world.
Business 2009-04-01 05:30:04 +0000
Roberto Santiago

* Open Source Strategy Consulting

This presentation will describe how a Strategy Consulting start up in Bangalore, India is promoting Open Source enterprise applications and has made a difference in over a dozen organizations in the last year and a half.
Business 2009-03-06 09:34:36 +0000
Venkat Mangudi

* Open Source vendor relations

While recent years have seen some commercial vendors incorporate a community focus, there is still a discernible difference between dealing with open-source projects, open-source companies, and proprietary providers.
Business 2009-04-10 04:57:55 +0000
Eric Searcy

* Open source: the business case

There are outstanding technical reasons for using open source software, but what is the business case? Where does open source shine on the bottom line, and where does it fall flat? And what are the critical success factors required to realize the benefits of open source?
Business 2009-04-01 04:38:46 +0000
Brian Jamison

* Open Technology Manufacturing Innovation (OTI) and

AirShipTG uses Open Technology Innovation (OTI) because the collaboration is open to all and the innovative source technology is shared, branded and licensed with participating stakeholders. The market is ready for hyper efficient vehicles and the world is saying let’s go! Adopting improved vehicle performance through clean and renewable technology solutions, we can literally change the world. Our track sphere maglev Spherical Induction Motor wheel assembly is designed to rotate the spheres for 360-degree propulsion through forward, aft directions as well as lateral parking for cars and long haul trucks.
Business 2009-04-05 02:11:24 +0000
Benjamin L. Berry

* Painless Project Estimation

Engineers hate making estimations because they are a pain and can be wildly inaccurate. Alex will walk through some practical ways to make accurate project estimates that lead to successful projects and create happy clients and engineers
Business 2009-03-31 18:18:11 +0000
Alex Kroman

* PCI compliant E-commerce using Drupal, Ubercart and IP Apps.

Nothing kills the trendy, devil-may-care feel of a Webby start-up quite like having to sign in and log all visitors to your office. This is just one part of the harsh realities around PCI compliance.
Business 2009-04-03 23:20:19 +0000
Jeff Griffiths

* Small Businesses Using OSS

The mom and pop businesses are the backbone of America. These businesses are what makes up our society. If you look at the tools they use to run their business it is made up of closed sourced products.
Business 2009-04-01 14:17:37 +0000
A.J. Weinzettel

* Trusting Our Leaders

We will explore how to evaluate the validity of experts' statements and introduce some tools to avoid mistaken beliefs based on innate human biases.
Business 2009-04-11 01:04:45 +0000
Martin Chase, Jeff Schwaber

* Using Open Source Principals to Save the Economy

How open source principles can be applied to other business areas, including helping the formation of new companies.
Business 2009-04-11 04:54:33 +0000
Wm Leler

* Your Five Communities

In this session, Open Source business veteran Josh Berkus will go over who the 5 communities are, what they each want, and how that community can help you make money.
Business 2009-03-26 20:58:11 +0000
Josh Berkus