This presentation uses the Milton Bradley “Game of Life” as a metaphor for creating and running a business based on open source software.
It starts with how to decide what type of company to form (traditional or foundation), the importance of license choice as well as when to quit the day job.
The special needs and advantages of open source are discussed, from copyright issues to community management. Also, emphasis is placed on the fact that an open source business is still a business with issues such as accounting, taxes and other paper work.
It then moves into issues concerning products, customer management and employees. Finally, it ends with exit strategies, whether it involved investment, an acquisition or simply creating a business with a lot of longevity.
Tarus Balog has over 20 years of experience managing digital networks, and most of that time was spent with expensive commercial management products. For over the last seven years he has been involved with OpenNMS, the first real open source alternative for managing enterprise networks.
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