September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 14:05 - 14:45
Panel Discussion: Corporate Strategies for Sustainable Investing in the Open Source Ecosystem - Mike Fix, Stripe, Inc.; Richard Littauer, Open Source Collective; Suzanne Ambiel, VMware & Alyssa Wright, Bloomberg

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The open source community suffers from both a long-term lack of funding from corporations which benefit from its code, and from a lack of governance which affords growth and sustainability. This tenuity leads to an unstable landscape for corporate involvement. As awareness of this problem has grown, engagement in existing solutions remains lacking - particularly from companies who would benefit from a more secure, well-resourced open source ecosystem.
Many corporate OSPOs altruistically support projects fiscally, hoping for a short-term ROI. However, the return on altruistic endeavors is often itself short lived, and so investments dry up. How can corporations effectively leverage the altruistically motivated OSS practitioners internally with an eye towards long-term returns for their investments in the projects they touch, the ecosystem they work in, and their own competitive markets?
This panel, led by Community Development Manager at Open Source Collective, Richard Littauer, invites OSPO leaders Suzanne Ambiel (VMware), Alyssa Wright (Bloomberg), and Mike Fix (Stripe) to discuss corporate strategies for investing in open source sustainably. How can companies fund projects with an eye towards real return on investment, in order to keep their programs running for the long haul?

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Suzanne Ambiel

Director, Brand Insights | Brand Experience Team, VMware
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Alyssa Wright

Open Source Program Office, Bloomberg
Alyssa leads Bloomberg’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO), which is located in the Chief Technology Office and serves as the center of excellence for Bloomberg’s engagements and consumption of open source software. When not helping define open source strategies, partnerships... Read More →
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Richard Littauer

Community Development Manager, Open Source Collective
Richard Littauer (he/him) is the community manager for Open Source Collective, the largest fiscal host for open source projects. He has spent the last decade working in open source communities, particularly in the Node.js and decentralized internet space. He is the main panelist for... Read More →
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Mike Fix

Head of Open Source, Stripe, Inc.
Mike Fix is frontend engineer and head of Open Source at Stripe. On the side, he's also the maintainer of various open-source projects, such as Carbon (carbon.now.sh) and Repo Ranger (reporanger.com). These days you will find him working over coffee in San Francisco.

Thursday September 15, 2022 14:05 - 14:45 IST
EcoCem Room (Level 2)
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