Stoking the fires: How to sell your work without selling your soul

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Excerpt

This presentation will compare and contrast the "open core" and "open complement" models with a third model called “open infrastructure” (evident in Linux, JBoss, Apache, and Subversion), in which infrastructure is open sourced as a platform for other companies’ commercial products.

Description

Recent discussion has focused on the “open core” and “open complement” open source business models. In the “open core” model (used by, e.g., MySQL), a company open sources core product functions and monetizes complementary aspects, such as services, add-ons, and support. In the “open complement” model (used by, e.g., Microsoft), a company open sources complementary software and monetizes the core proprietary product.

This presentation will compare and contrast these models with a third model called “open infrastructure” (evident in Linux, JBoss, Apache, and Subversion), in which infrastructure is open sourced as a platform for other companies’ commercial products.

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Speaker

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    Jack Repenning

    CollabNet

    Biography

    Jack Repenning is Chief Technology Officer at CollabNet. Jack joined CollabNet in 2002; as chief product architect he was primarily responsible for building the product architecture that enabled CollabNet to grow its user base to well over one million users. Jack is also an early member of the wildly successful Subversion open source project, a version control system that is widely viewed as the de facto new industry standard. Consistently engaged in developer productivity topics, Jack has participated in open source software projects since the early 1980’s. Prior to joining CollabNet, Jack worked at well-known Silicon Valley companies such as Hewlett Packard, SGI, Informix, and Rational where he developed expertise in a wide range of technical areas, ranging from inside the kernel to GUI and database design, as well as data center deployment architecture.

    Jack holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.