Money is not a dirty word (or: how to give away all your code and still turn a profit)

September 3, 2015   11:50  -  12:30   MCLT3

  September 3, 2015
  11:50  -  12:30
  MCLT3

Money is not a dirty word (or: how to give away all your code and still turn a profit)

Open sourcing your code doesn’t have to mean a life of poverty. In fact it makes sound commercial sense to give some or even all of your code away, and you can still grow revenue streams while doing so.

Hamish Friedlander is the CTO of SilverStripe, a company that for 9 years has given away their core product under the ultra-permissive BSD license. Instead of ruin, it’s had year on year growth and revenue that has had seen it once rank in New Zealand’s Fast 50 and grow into a multi-national with more than 50 employees.

Hamish shares the various methods of partially or fully open sourcing work while still developing revenue streams, including what’s worked well for SilverStripe, what hasn’t worked so well (including one spectacular failure for added drama), and future experiments.

Level: entry
Category: other

Session Category :  Talks