'Open Source Business Models' and other mythical creatures

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Proposal
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 2:30 – 3:15pm

Excerpt

A humorous look at the taxonomy of Open Source ecosystems and the businesses that support/are supported by them based on one person's reflections and observations on a two years spent building an open source business and selling 'free'.

Description

A humorous look at the taxonomy of Open Source ecosystems and the businesses that support/are supported by them based on one person’s reflections and observations on two years spent building an open source business and selling ‘free’.

The background for my perspective is my role building Reductive Labs as a business. In this role, I had the opportunity to interact with interesting characters and scenarios in the ‘Open Source’ world.

I will present a taxonomy of approaches to Open Source Business and their pros and cons, complete with anonymized personas, strategies and situations. Names will be changed to protect the innocent.

Except for me, you’ll know I’m guilty.

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Focus

    Andrew Clay Shafer

    Cloudscaling

    Biography

    Andrew Shafer is a lead engineer and infrastructure consultant at Cloudscaling where he helps organizations leverage and create next generation cloud computing resources and platforms.

    Andrew brings with him a background in computational science, embedded Linux, database administration, web frameworks, and operations. In addition to technical expertise, Andrew focuses on helping organizations navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools.

    When he’s not playing with his sons, hacking in his basement or speaking at conferences, Andrew instigates events like Agile Roots and Ignite Salt Lake. You can find his ranting and self-deprecating humor about programming, system automation, Agile methods, Open Source business models and cloud computing at twitter.com/littleidea.

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