The Independent Software Developer

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B204


So you love open source? Spend more time doing what you love: go into business for yourself.


This session is all about spending more time hacking on open source software, while still paying the rent:

  • Finding the balance between work and play.
  • Redefining “business” on our own terms.
  • Bootstrapping and finding your first clients.
  • Giving back to the open source community.

I’ll demystify what it means to be in business for yourself, give you concrete data and advice on getting started, and share stories (good and bad!) from over ten years of independent software development and open source hacking.

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