OSS and SaaS - Friends at Last.

Short Form


The Open Source community has good reason to embrace permissive licences and Software-as-a-Service now.


Historically, the Software-as-a-Service business model has been the enemy of Open Source Software. As such, the open source community has closed loopholes with licenses like the AGPLv3, and focused on providing proprietary components or services to open source products instead, as we saw with MySQL, JBoss, and RedHat. However, the world is now heading to the cloud.

In this presentation, we’ll trace the evolution of the open source business model by examining successful use cases, and explore how building a SaaS company that publishes software with permissive licenses is critical to the health of your business and to the open source ecosystem.

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    Matthew Heitzenroder



    Matt Heitzenroder is the co-founder and the COO of Orchestrate (http://orchestrate.io), which unifies multiple types of databases into a single, simple REST API. He has launched several start-ups and has been apart of several open source companies over the past decade. In 2010, he launched Basho Technologies European operations, where he served as General Manager, EMEA. In 2005, he joined SugarCRM as an early employee, where he helped build the client service team and served as a Professional Services engineer. In his spare time, you can find him hacking, sailing, or skiing.