Transitioning an Open Source Project to Commercial Success

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Excerpt

So what does it take to move an open source software project from a part-time endeavor to a profitable, commercial business? Based on personal experience Shaun Walker, CTO and Co-Founder of DotNetNuke Corporation, will share details on some of the unexpected obstacles you will encounter and provide recommendations on how to transition an open source project to commercial success.

Description

So you have identified a large scale technical problem, and in your spare time you have developed an innovative solution. You have decided to share your solution with others so you have released your software under an open source license. You have thousands of downloads, many satisfied users, and an active community of contributors. Everything is perfect… right? Actually, everything is not perfect. You have a passion to devote full-time effort to continuing to develop the technology and community but you realize that you are missing a critical piece of the puzzle – you have no business model. Sound familiar? So what does it take to move an open source software project from a part-time endeavor to a profitable, commercial business? Based on personal experience Shaun Walker, CTO and Co-Founder of DotNetNuke Corporation, will share details on some of the unexpected obstacles you will encounter and provide recommendations on how to transition an open source project to commercial success.

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Shaun walker

    Shaun Walker

    DotNetNuke

    Biography

    A popular speaker at events like The Gilbane Conference, KMWorld, AJAX World, and DevConnections, Shaun Walker has 18 years professional experience in architecting and implementing enterprise software solutions for private and public organizations. Currently CTO of DotNetNuke Corp., Shaun is the original creator of DotNetNuke, a Web Content Management System for ASP.NET which has spawned the largest and most successful Open Source community project native to the Microsoft platform. Based on his significant community contributions he has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2004 and an ASPInsider since 2005. He is a contributing author to a number of books, including the Professional DotNetNuke 5 title from WROX Press. He also served as a founding Director for the Codeplex Foundation, a non-profit open source foundation created by Microsoft in 2009.