Lessons Learned from 18 Years of Business with Open Source and Open Data


Team passion for open source technologies, and open data are powerful driving forces for building amazing technologies, highly motivated teams, and international communities and relationships. It can also provide significant advantages for your business when leveraged in a disciplined manner to move your business forward.

In this session you'll hear about the 18 years of the presenters own experience building a business founded on open source technologies and open data. When combined with hundreds of conversations with peers, you too can learn what to do, and importantly what not to do to ensure you can turn a passion for open source and open data into a viable and sustainable business.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 15:00 to 15:35


Hi Dave,

Thanks for your submission. This is a very interesting talk, and the length of your experience probably means there's a lot of stuff to talk about. But can you go into a bit more detail of the substance of the talk? Maybe some of the specific topics that you will be highlighting?


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Hi Rob, Thanks for the interest -- Yes, I was trying not to burden the abstract down with details, but happy to supply a few more bullets here. Some of the key things that will be covered include:

  • Business guidelines for deciding what to open source and what to keep proprietary
  • The importance of aligning appropriate licensing with business goals
  • Open Source as a software development strategy, not a business model
  • Building and Engaging an open source community to meet business needs
  • What can my business do and not do with Open Street Map data
  • Turning open source technology relationships into Strategic Business Partnerships
  • Growing your software team through the open source community instead of staffing
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