Small business koans

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Excerpt

Master Foss said: “A man who mistakes secrets for knowledge is like a man who, seeking light, hugs a candle so closely that he smothers it and burns his hand.” This talk will cover koans for small, open source business enlightenment.

Description

Once, a famous businessman came to Master Foss and asked him for instruction: “I have heard that you are a powerful open source business wizard. Let us trade secrets, that we may both gain thereby.”

Master Foo said: “It is good that you seek wisdom. But in the Way of Open Source, there are no secrets.”

The businessman looked puzzled at this. “But it is said that you are a great guru who knows all the innermost open source business secrets. As do I for my business model. What is the arcane lore that gives you your power?”

Master Foss said: “I have none. Nothing is hidden, nothing is revealed.”

Growing angry, the businessman said: “Very well, if you hold no secrets, then tell me: what do I have to know to create a successful business in the open source way as you have?”

Master Foss said: “A man who mistakes secrets for knowledge is like a man who, seeking light, hugs a candle so closely that he smothers it and burns his hand.”

Upon hearing this, the businessman was enlightened.

This talk will cover koans for small, open source business enlightenment.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Jacinta Richardson

    Perl Training Australia

    Biography

    Jacinta Richardson runs Perl Training Australia, a micro-business offering courses throughout Australia. Both as part of her job and a massive free-time sink, she is involved in running conferences (linux.conf.au 2007, Open Source Developers’ Conference (Australia) 2004-2008, Australian System Administrators Conference (SAGE-AU) 2008-2009), attending conferences, writing perl-tips, speaking at Perl Monger meetings whenever she’s in the right town, participating in on-line Perl forums and promoting women in IT. For her work in the Perl community, Jacinta was awarded the White Camel Award in 2008. When away from the computer, Jacinta enjoys scuba diving, cycling and baking.

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