Business track

How do you take your open source idea from a simmer to a boil?
Share what you know about making a living in the f/oss world. From finding open source jobs, to choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers.. Example topics from the past include “Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes” and “The Independent Software Developer."

Sessions for this track

* Care and Feeding of a Healthy Job Hunt

A job hunt can be a demoralizing and dehumanizing process, but there are a lot of things which you can do to make it more productive and less stressful.
Business
VM Brasseur

* Community Public Offerings: A New Way to Engage Markets (and Investors) in Oregon

Community Public what? This session will introduce the Community Public Offering - the vehicle for securities crowdfunding enabled by Oregon law this January (2015).
Business
kristin wolff, Simon Love

* Free Your Money: Open Source Crowdfunding Tips & Tools

Crowdfunding has become big business for companies like Kickstarter and Patreon. This 'corporate crowdfunding tax' can sometimes burden small projects. Is it time to kick commercial crowdfunding to the curb? Let's share new strategies for DIY marketing and funding project online with Open Source tools
Business
Skyler Corbett

* Funding for Open Source Projects: Is a Universal Basic Income the Solution?

Contributing to open-source projects without worrying about making a living? What sounds like a dream could become a reality with the institution of an economic concept called basic income. The idea is currently being debated in numerous countries. This talk will introduce the concept and outline the possible benefits of basic income for the open source community.
Business
Luc Perkins

* How To Be A Great Developer

Being a great developer is much more than technical know-how. Empathy, communication, and reason are at least as important, but are undervalued in our industry. We'll examine the impact these skills can have and how to apply them to our work.
Business
Ed Finkler

* How you tell the story matters: telling better stories and making better technologies

What happens when we tell stories? How do we tell stories about the technology we build, why do some stories get told over others? How do we talk about our successes, and how do we not talk about our failures? Whose stories get heard: how do women, people of color, disabled people, and “non-technical” workers get left out of the stories we hear? In this talk, I'll explore the role of storytelling in technology, and share what I've found about telling better stories.
Business
amelia abreu

* Project Fear

Project fear, not dissimilar to imposter syndrome, tends to affect all project leaders at some point (or many points) in their career. This session will tackle project fear by fully defining it, investigating its roots, noting its symptoms, and ultimately discussing a number of successful coping mechanisms.
Business
Adam Edgerton

* Your Job is Political: Tech Money in Politics

As much as the personal is political, the old-fashioned political still is too, and companies and individuals made rich by the tech industry and by open source software have been making increasingly direct monetary incursions into U.S. politics. Let's take a look at what policies & politicians our bosses, investors, users and contributors are buying at the local and state levels, with a specific focus on current changes in education policy and future moves in law enforcement.
Business
Kelsey Gilmore-Innis

Proposals for this track

* A hitchhikers guide to the cloud, or anywhere else your customer might want your app

In this talk, I’ll explore how a customer experiences the go live process, and how you as a vendor need to rethink the definition of a successful deployment in today’s complex deployment world.
Business 2015-01-21 22:53:55 +0000
John Mertic

* Be careful what you wish for: a successful developer community discouraged away from open source

Let's say you want your freedom-valuing software community to be wildly successful - with lots of user demand, a viable way that people can make money from their work if they want to, a heavily international audience, and lots of young people interested. What happens if you get what you want? I'll explain cultural context from the iOS jailbreaking community that can serve as some interesting early warning signs of problems that could happen in open source.
Business 2015-03-08 08:34:33 +0000
Britta Gustafson

* Better Meetings: 15 Tools in 45 Minutes

A lot can happen online, but sometimes you’ve just got to have face-to-face meetings with groups of clients or co-workers. They can be great! Or they can be a great big waste of time. This rapid fire presentation will take you through 15 tools you can use to get everyone focused at the beginning of your meeting, inspire creative collaboration during it, and make sure everyone goes home feeling good about what happened.
Business 2015-03-08 03:33:29 +0000
Maggie Starr

* Better Project Planning Through User Story Mapping

Learn how to improve your agile development process through User Story Mapping, a technique that you can use to gather requirements easier, get everyone on the same page, and plan out what needs to be done while keeping the "big picture" in mind.
Business 2015-02-09 21:42:45 +0000
Andrew Havens

* Business Planning for Improvisors

If you think your business is too small for a plan, or that you’ll come up with one later, this workshop is for you. We’ll use an easy template to help you think and talk about how your business works, and it may even help you see ways to improve it.
Business 2015-03-08 03:39:46 +0000
Maggie Starr

* Discovery Projects: Strategies for Defining the Opportunity

At a certain point an idea can become so big that you need to invest in a small project to properly define the big one. The objective of a discovery project is to define the goals & requirements, then narrow the "cone of uncertainty" enough so that the development process can begin on the right foot.
Business 2015-02-14 21:25:51 +0000
Tom Martin

* Don't hide: The AGPL as a business model

When you want to make a living from your app, open sourcing can be a difficult decision. What if... my future customers just find out they could rather use the software for free instead of paying us? What if... a service company takes on my product and delivers a better service than we do, after all they have more customer experience than us?
Business 2015-03-06 17:07:28 +0000
Henri Binsztok

* How I learned to stop worrying and love crowdfunding

Are you an open source programmer looking to get more support for your work? Here's what we learned from our crowdfunding campaigns.
Business 2015-03-11 02:32:12 +0000
Mazarine Treyz, Steve Havelka

* How to get people to open your newsletter and donate

If you've got a newsletter for your open source project, how can you make it more engaging? Start with that subject line.
Business 2015-03-10 23:04:46 +0000
Mazarine Treyz

* Learn from my fail: A/B Testing your landing page

ARGH! So hard to make your first landing page! I did so many things wrong that my domain was marked as spam! You'll learn what I did wrong, and how you can do it right the first time.
Business 2015-03-10 19:26:43 +0000
Mazarine Treyz

* Learning Open Source Business Backwards

Things get challenging sometimes. This is an experiment that I'm running, learning about business and open source by taking a sabbatical from all of it. I'll report back on what I learned, what I forgot, and what you might be able to take away from it as well.
Business 2015-03-15 04:52:47 +0000
Amye Scavarda

* Raising Money for your Startup

Raising money is straightforward but not easy. In this session, Adam will demystify the process on how to raise money for a startup, especially for first-time entrepreneurs.
Business 2015-03-03 23:28:37 +0000
Adam Johnson

* Technical Career Advice Discussion Panel

Are you starting your career in technology or already a seasoned vet? Come get advice and share what you have in a open discussion!
Business 2015-03-08 03:58:44 +0000
Kasey Alusi, Howard Abrams

* Telling the Open Source Stories that Make Users Love Projects

Stories help new users and developers connect with open source projects. Here's what you need to know to tell those stories.
Business 2015-03-07 21:41:34 +0000
Thursday Bram

* Thinking big picture; the vernacular for today’s buyer

In Thinking Big Picture, I’ll describe how to better engage your prospects, tell your story, and leave buyers with confidence in your ability to deliver. You’ll walk away with strategies for better positioning your product and executing on key big picture strategies -- without a huge pre-sales team.
Business 2015-01-21 22:54:48 +0000
John Mertic

* Web Applications and a Brighter Future for Open Source Adoption

In this talk, we discuss how web applications changed expectations of both sysadmins and end users, and what open source projects and organizations can do to help open source thrive in the web ecosystem. Attend and you’ll see a brief reminder of how web apps changed the developer-user relationship in open source, how some open source web app communities have reacted, what tools exist to get past the hosting barrier, and how your open source web app project can thrive.
Business 2015-03-07 06:33:38 +0000
Philip James

* Welcome to the (home office) jungle

Working remotely can be great. It can also be terrible. All that freedom! All that flexibility! None of that pesky human contact! Of course, it's not all sunshine and roses (particularly that last one), and I'll be talking about how to balance remote work to get the most out of it.
Business 2015-01-20 00:50:16 +0000
Adam Harvey

* Who wants to make video games?

"So how do you get that beautiful art style that you really want? Your game is done, maybe feature complete, but it's either got your crummy drawings or just grey rectangles dancing around. The music, the sound, the look of a game like 'Dungeon of the Endless' or 'Journey,' how do you get THAT? I have good news for you: there are more artists than there are coders, and more musicians than there are human beings on earth. Yes you'll have to pay them, yes you'll have to handle some conversations about expectations, and I'll cover that shortly, but really it will amaze you how easy it is to find truly beautiful resources to populate your game"
Business 2015-03-13 21:11:48 +0000
Toby Fee