Description: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.
In this episode:
- 00:00 - Getting to Know Nithya Ruff!
- 10:28 - What size companies should start thinking about an OSPO?
- 15:37 - What are the key metrics or KPI’s for an OSPO?
- 18:34 - How many open source project does the team contribute to in a year?
- 19:57 - How do you manage contributions across hundreds or even thousands of projects?
- 22:04 - What does being a good open source citizen look like?
- 24:37 - Dealing with complex, sometimes competing points of view, and motivations in open source.
- 28:18 - Role at the Linux Foundation.
- 31:15 - What are some of the big challenges the open source community faces?
- 33:33 - Are there criteria the LF looks for in projects before getting involved?
- 37:06 - What should we be excited about in the coming years?