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

Open Source Engineer, VMware
Tim is a software engineer with over 20 years open source development experience. He is currently a member of VMware’s Open Source Technology Center acting as an open source developer advocate and contributing to upstream projects such as Kubernetes, where most recently he’s served... Read More →

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