DevRel in Open Source - Strategies, Challenges, and Growth w/ Joe Karlsson - EP. 27

Explore the world of Developer Relations (DevRel) with Tinybird's Developer Advocate, Joe Karlsson, in this podcast hosted by Matt Yonkovit. Discover key insights into DevRel, the role of Developer Advocates in open-source communities, strategies for content creation, and the importance of a strong online presence. Learn how to navigate challenges, align business goals with community needs, and understand the nuances between users and customers in open-source businesses. From dealing with layoffs to understanding vanity metrics, this podcast series provides a comprehensive understanding of the ever-evolving tech landscape.

The Power of Community in Open Source Business - Lessons from Bagisto's Co-Founder - EP. 25

Saurav Pathak, co-founder and CPO of Bagisto, joins the Hacking Open Source Business Podcast on Episode 25 to discuss his experience with open source, the story behind the creation of Bagisto, and the importance of marketing decisions in the success of an open source project. Saurav highlights the connections and opportunities that open source has provided in his journey as a developer and entrepreneur. Bagisto is a hand-tailored E-Commerce framework built on some of the hottest open-source technologies such as Laravel (a PHP framework) and Vue.js a progressive Javascript framework, and Saurav discusses the technical details around distributing extensions and managing multiple instances. He emphasizes the importance of building a community, optimizing keywords, offering extensions and licensing options, regularly revising pricing, and preventing product abuse and license management to sustain momentum and generate revenue for an open-source project.

Investment, Impact & Open Source: Striking the Balance in Large Corporations - EP. 24

Join us on Ep. 24 of The Hacking Open Source Business Podcast features Nithya Ruff, the Head of Amazon's Open Source Program Office, discussing various aspects of open source with hosts Avi Press and Matt Yonkovit. They cover topics such as the challenges facing open source today, evaluating new open source projects, the importance of Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) for startups, building successful and sustainable open source businesses, reducing friction for developers, open source diversity, managing diverse talent and competing ideals in open source governance, and Nithya Ruff's role as Chair of the Linux Foundation Board. Throughout the episode, Nithya emphasizes the importance of community building, listening to the community, and maintaining the freedom of the open source definition.

Building Communities & Scaling Open Source Startups with Jana Iris

Join us on the Hacking Open Source Business Podcast with our guest Jana Iris, an investor at TQ Ventures, as we dive into the world of community building, startups, and open-source business success. With over 13 years of experience, Jana shares her journey and invaluable insights into early-stage startups, building strong communities, and leveraging user feedback for growth. Learn the importance of being intentional, finding your niche, and balancing community engagement with sustainable business models. Don't miss this episode packed with tips, stories, and expert advice!

MariaDB Foundation CEO Kaj Arnö on Open Source Sustainability and the Role of Foundations

In this episode of the Hacking Open Source Business Podcast, Scarf CEO Avi Press and HOSS Matt Yonkovit are joined by Kaj Arnö, CEO of the MariaDB Foundation. They discuss the challenges of managing support expectations in open source projects, including balancing limited resources with important user requests, how non-profit organizations like the Wikimedia Foundation align with open-source goals, and why many organizations use open-source software but don't support it financially. Kaj also discusses the importance of community in open source sustainability and the need for companies to sponsor or promote the software they rely on. Then also delves into the systemic problems in the open source community, the business logic and ethics of open source, and the societal issues contributing to the lack of support. Tune in to learn how you can help contribute to open source sustainability.

Open Source, Developer Retention, Community Over Revenue: w/ Appsmith Founder Nikhil Nandagopal

We dig into the fascinating world of open source platform development with Nikhil Nandagopal, one of the founders of Appsmith, in this episode of the Hacking Open Source Business podcast, hosted by Avi Press and Matt Yonkovit. Learn how Appsmith's open core approach allows developers to create powerful applications while addressing the needs of managers and CXOs. Dive into their strategy for balancing core features, user feedback, and value-added features, prioritizing data security over managed hosting. Find out how Appsmith's journey has evolved with user understanding and how open source offers better security, auditing, and self-hosting capabilities. Join us as we discuss developer retention, networking insights, and the importance of building a solid open-source community before monetizing. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the experiences of a successful open source founder! Some of the things you will uncover in this episode: 1. Appsmith uses an open core approach, focusing on features developers care about vs. features managers and CXOs care about. 2. Developer retention is a core metric for Appsmith, with a focus on building the open-source community before monetizing. 3. Open source offers better security, auditing, and self-hosting capabilities for Appsmith users. 4. Appsmith addresses the challenge of limited engineering bandwidth for internal tools and aims to make them as good as the best SaaS software. 5. The platform's direction evolved with user understanding, and data-critical needs influenced the open-source decision. 6. Appsmith doesn't de-emphasize code; it reuses existing building blocks in low/no-code environments. 7. Appsmith is an open-source low-code framework focused on developers, aiming to make the platform extensible and community-driven. 8. Networking is highly valuable for personal growth, learning, and connecting with like-minded individuals. 9. Appsmith has been closely collaborating with early customers to build their enterprise offering, focusing on self-serve features. 10, Many users embed Appsmith in their existing React projects, leading to a better overall experience.

Open Source: Sales, Metrics, & Commercialization Strategies - Hacking Open Source Business Podcast

In this episode of the Hacking Open Source Business podcast, hosts Avi Press and Matt Yonkovit are joined by Maxim Wheatley, Head of Global Marketing and Sales at Merico, to discuss important sales and marketing metrics for open source projects and businesses. Maxim shares his insights on key metrics like Slack growth, new contributors, retention, and engagement, and the limitations of certain metrics like stars. They also delve into the commercialization strategy of Merico, which involves open core with a twist and offering managed, hosted versions with paid solutions for their main product, Merico Analytics. Maxim also shares his thoughts on donating open source projects to foundations, building trust in open source sales, and the challenges of marketing and branding in open source. The conversation offers valuable insights for anyone looking to measure the success and growth of their open source projects or businesses.

Building a Bootstrapped Open Source Company: Insights from Jetstack Founder & President, Matt Barker

On this episode of the Hacking #opensource Business podcast, we talk with Matt Barker, the founder, and president of Jetstack. The discussion is about his experience in building a bootstrapped open source company based on his previous work at Canonical and MongoDB. In the interview, Matt talks about sales, business, and open-source technology (Linux, Kubernetes, Mesos, and more!). Matt covers the challenges of selling free open source software, support as a product, retention challenges, and measuring growth and adoption in open source software. Matt also shares his experience in comparing MongoDB and Canonical and starting Jetstack by choosing Kubernetes as the next big thing. The conversation delves into bootstrapping Jetstack with a services model, moving from services to a software product, comparing Kubernetes to Apache Mesos, and betting on truly open software. The interview provides valuable insights into sales, business, and open-source technology, making it an informative resource for anyone looking to learn about bootstrapping an open-source company. Two Matts and an Avi walk into a conference in London and end up in the Matt Cave… and this is the result.