March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Thursday, March 8 • 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Zen and the Business Art of Open Source Maintenance - Timothy Pepper, VMware

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For businesses new to open source, there is a frequent concern:

"If I open source my project, then I will lose control."

This is false! But what about:

"If I open source my project, then I could lose control."

This is true! Now what if this statement is rephrased as:

"If my product is in the marketplace, then I could have substitution threat."

This is quite similar and true.

More generally, competition exists in the form of rivals, substitution threat, new entrants and pressure from suppliers and users. Yet business thrives and market leadership exists in open markets, and we have existing frameworks to rationalize this. The same can be true in open source!

This talk will explore similarities and differences in open source versus traditional business control dynamics and discuss strategies for successful open source project leadership.

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Tim Pepper

Principal Engineer, VMware
Tim Pepper is a Principal Engineer in VMware's Open Source Technology Center with over 25 years in open source, working as an open source developer advocate and contributor to Kubernetes (emeritus Steering Committee elected member, emeritus Code of Conduct Committee elected member... Read More →

Thursday March 8, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm PST
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