September 13-16, 2022
Dublin, Ireland + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 14 • 16:40 - 17:20
The Business Of Open Source: How Big Money, Investors, and Greed are Changing Open Source Forever - Donnie Berkholz, Percona

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The changing landscape of the open-source industry has taken a potentially dark turn in the last few years. Instead of focusing on inclusion, innovation, and collaboration a new generation of so called open source drive companies has emerged flush with investor money and looking to maximize the returns for their investors and shareholders at all costs. In an effort to accelerate “revenue” and “profits” these companies are looking to rewrite the definition of what they consider open source. We are in a battle for not only the hearts and minds of the FOSS community but our collective future. As new developers start open source projects more will be compelled to choose more restrictive licensing models ( i.e. SSPL ), invest less in the community, and “control” as much of the code and product as possible. I will talk about the trend, talk about the common business models, and offer a few alternatives.

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Donnie Berkholz

SVP Product, Percona
Donnie Berkholz, Ph.D., is SVP Product Management and a member of the Executive Management Team at Percona. His background includes leadership, advisory, and engineering roles at organizations including Docker, Scale Venture Partners, travel-tech leader CWT, 451 Research, RedMonk... Read More →

Wednesday September 14, 2022 16:40 - 17:20 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 1 (Level 2)