Open Source A-Z for Strategists, Managers, & Analysts
What you'll learn
- Understand the three major categories of open source licenses and the diversity of license types
- Understand the four main Open Source revenue models and when to apply them
- Identify the business advantages of open source
- Identify the legal risks of using open source software from a business perspective
- Answer "Why Open Source?" from both a developer's and an entrepreneur's perspective
- Understand how Open Source competes with proprietary closed source software and vice-versa
- Understand key open source terminology and be able to engage in strategic discussions
- Understand why Open Source Audits are an increasingly important element of M&A and Partnerships
- Interest in open source from a business perspective
Who needs this course?
Entrepreneurs, project managers, lawyers, VCs and other business types who need to understand the business opportunities, legal risks, licensing strategies, and key terminology of Open Source Software (OSS).
What will I be able to do after studying this?
Make money with an Open Source strategy
Figure out when going Open Source is a better idea than selling proprietary software
Select the best Open Source license for a particular use-case
Know how and when an open source software audit may be required
What are some of the topics covered?
Why do developers contribute to Open Source?
How do companies generate sustainable revenue from open source software? What are the best business models?
How does open source software compete with proprietary software, and vice versa?
How have proprietary software vendors coopted open source software into their products without running into licensing challenges?
What are the main open source license categories? What are the most controversial licenses and why?
What are the risks in using or distributing open source software? How do you identify such risks?
What are the biggest open source projects? What led to their dominance?
...and much more!
Who this course is for:
- Non-technical people interested in open source from a business perspective
- Entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to reduce cost and time to market
- Digital Strategists who want to understand how open source impacts business strategy
- VCs who want to understand what makes Open Source investable and what the best models are
- Project Managers looking for ways to produce software faster by leveraging open source
- Developers who want to understand open source from a business perspective
- Lawyers involved in M&A transactions involving Open Source Software
I love helping entrepreneurs and project managers go from "idea" to "success"!
I've been in the software industry for over 20 years. For the last 12 years I've been an entrepreneur in the software, energy, management consulting, and finance industries. I've created, grown, bought, and sold companies and ideas.
Before then I spent 11 years with Shell (the energy company).
In those 20+ years I've been involved in strategy and business from all perspectives - entrepreneur, project manager, researcher, analyst, consultant...you name it!
My primary goal in my training is to combine the best of theory with practical experience and examples to ensure successful execution.
I like to distill "complex" topics into simple and practical principles for students, so that they can avoid the mistakes many (including me) have made, and get outstanding results in the most efficient way possible.
I've experienced many times that "history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes"...I think historical knowledge is an underrated weapon and I try to show the power of simple principles using well-researched historical examples so that my students avoid reinventing the wheel and also build their general knowledge about the area of interest.
More About Me
I'm a very inquisitive person with a wide range of intellectual interests. I look at the world primarily through a "core principles" view - the same way I try to deepen my understanding of core principles in any business area, I continuously try to deepen my understanding of lasting principles applicable to all aspects of life.