March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Wednesday, March 7 • 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Panel Discussion: Why Marketing Matters: For Open Source Projects, Companies Using Open Source Technologies and Companies Selling Them - Moderated by Wendy Cartee, VMware

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When most people think of “open source contributor” they think of people contributing code. But open source projects need contributors from all backgrounds - not just development but also docs, release management, and critical and oft-overlooked: marketing. The role of marketing - both on the project, user and vendor side - is frequently least understood. However, when marketing is applied well, it can help open source communities thrive, it can build a stronger ecosystem that bolsters the success of all involved: the project, sponsors, and users. In this session, the speakers will discuss the role of marketing, provide examples of how marketing power open source projects, and offer insight in how marketing teams from enterprise and open source projects can partner closer together to achieve greater results.

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Wendy Cartee

Senior Director of Marketing, VMware
Wendy Cartee is senior director of product marketing for service mesh, cloud and container networking at VMware. She works on products and open source projects to drive enterprise user adoption. Wendy has been in open source for over a decade and helped form the Linux Foundation’s... Read More →

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Devin Davis

VP of Marketing, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Devin has more than 15 years in enterprise technology marketing and communications. In that time, he’s marketed a spectrum of technologies including big data, IoT, software development platforms, security and small business tech. He has spent the past several years working in cloud... Read More →
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Laura Kempke

VP of Marketing, The Linux Foundation
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Dee Kumar

Vice President, Developer Marketing, Linux Foundation
Dee Kumar has more than 15 years of cloud computing experience. Her work at CNCF is focused on working with the developer and IT pro communities to advance open source projects at scale. Most recently, Kumar was Director of Product Marketing at Docker where she built and launched... Read More →

Wednesday March 7, 2018 3:40pm - 4:10pm PST
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