Open Source business from the trenches



Using lessons learned from founding Opscode as a background, we'll talk about the different considerations and stages in building an open source business - from licensing and lawyers to funding and fostering a health community.


Opscode ( is a venture backed open source startup. Over the last several years, we’ve launched a successful project (Chef,) grown our business from just the core-founders to a thriving team, and built a community with more than a hundred individual contributors and many other corporations.

We’ll talk about the different choices you face, how you can learn from existing communities, and share some of the context we’ve found helpful in preparing others to understand your open source philosophy.

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