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

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 10:00 – 10:45am in Steel


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.


For five years OpenSourcery has been building web applications under contract. We’ve gone from three to 20+ people without outside investment or compromise on our open source ideals.

We’ll cover the simple formulas that led to our success, explore the some of the dubious business models and side adventures we tried along the way, and hopefully cause the launch of many successful open source businesses.

If you are an experienced open source entrepreneur who would like to join this presentation, please contact me.

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