THE NYCINNOVATION STACK     OPEN TECH NYC 2013  Andy Parsons @andyparsons                              1
OPEN TECH NYC 2013This talk                                                      NYC has become a                         ...
Me.• startup junkie. masochist.• MENTOR @ seedcamp, techpeaks, smartcamp• deliver stuff that works in startup time• old ti...
not Me.• foss expert• IDEALIST                4
E                   OPE                 UR C                        NS             S O                                OUR ...
2003: Wake up Call   ‣   datacenter catastrophe   ‣   discovering postgres!   ‣   rethinking .net costs   ‣   retooling   ...
OPEN TECH NYC 2013complexity and trust                      PROJECT      LINES OF CODE           COMPLEXITY               ...
OPEN TECH NYC 2013              Perhaps in the end the open-source culture will triumph not because              cooperati...
WHAT IS an innovation ecosystem?      1. freedom to innovate      2. risk investors      3. infrastructure      4. educati...
reinvestment“If NYC can learn anything from Silicon Valley it is the                                                      ...
Community‣   attentive maintainers‣   respectful exchanges‣   everyone contributes‣   no bystanders                       ...
foss in nyc        WHAT IS IT ABOUT NEW YORK?    • investors    • culture. you want to live here!    • education    • this...
GEOGRAPHY OF OPEN SOURCETakhteyev/Hilts, u of toronto 2010                 COUNTRY      USERS   CONTRIBUTORS   CONTRIBUTIO...
GEOGRAPHY OF OPEN SOURCETakhteyev/Hilts, u of toronto 2010                    CITY       USERS   CONTRIBUTORS   CONTRIBUTI...
SOME* PROMINENT NYC FOSS PROJECTSSOME* PROMINENT NYC FOSS PROJECTS                        VIA NYC HACK AND TELL• mongodb  ...
what is OPEN SOURCE doing for nyc?‣   enabling companies to start small for little $$‣   enabling invividuals and teams to...
centralized vs decentralized                              models for foss      mysql                          postgresql• ...
what is NYC doing for OPEN SOURCE?‣   leading the charge on municipal open data (nyc open data)‣   MEDIA, FINANCE, FASHION...
investment and hiring                        ‣   > 1000 active co’s                        ‣   hundreds hiring            ...
where have we BEEN? ups and downs.  •1995 - 2000: first wave of internet companies  • 2000: dot-com bubble burst  • 2001: ...
where are we headed?   • the future is extremely bright   • more community around nyc foss projects   • growth of nyc foss...
WHAT we all must do!  • find a help/mentoring opportunity  • start a project  • join a project  • talk about a project  • ...
ABOVE ALL, keep perspctive andHAVE FUn inventing!                                 23
OPEN TECH NYC 2013NYC INNOVATION STACK                                      MEETUP culture                                ...
happify: a nyc company      • engineering talent in our technologies      • we love nyc, raising families here      • acce...
thank   contact me:        andy parsonsyou!    andy@happify.com        @andyparsons                           26
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  1. 1. THE NYCINNOVATION STACK OPEN TECH NYC 2013 Andy Parsons @andyparsons 1
  2. 2. OPEN TECH NYC 2013This talk NYC has become a VIBRANT, SUSTAINABLE FOSS W H AT ’ S ecosystem for technology DRIVING NYC NEXT innovation and Open MY JOURNEY NYC Source. DRIVING FOSS Understanding the forces at work will help us make sure it STAYS THAT WAY. 2
  3. 3. Me.• startup junkie. masochist.• MENTOR @ seedcamp, techpeaks, smartcamp• deliver stuff that works in startup time• old timer on the nyc scene.• love choosing tools, making them better 3
  4. 4. not Me.• foss expert• IDEALIST 4
  5. 5. E OPE UR C NS S O OUR S E D CEC L O MY quick history of the internet 5
  6. 6. 2003: Wake up Call ‣ datacenter catastrophe ‣ discovering postgres! ‣ rethinking .net costs ‣ retooling • Compares 2 open source models • “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”OPEN TECH NYC 2013 6
  7. 7. OPEN TECH NYC 2013complexity and trust PROJECT LINES OF CODE COMPLEXITY BACKBONE.JS < 1000 LOW REDIS 100,000 MEDIUM MONGODB 500,000 HIGH POSTGRES > 1,000,000 HIGH! * STATS FROM OHLOH (http://www.ohloh.net/) 7
  8. 8. OPEN TECH NYC 2013 Perhaps in the end the open-source culture will triumph not because cooperation is morally right or software "hoarding" is morally wrong ..., but simply because the closed-source world cannot win an evolutionary arms race with open-source communities that can put orders of magnitude more skilled time into a problem. - ERIC S. RAYMOND 8
  9. 9. WHAT IS an innovation ecosystem? 1. freedom to innovate 2. risk investors 3. infrastructure 4. education 5. talent 6. culture of openness 7. reinvestment 9
  10. 10. reinvestment“If NYC can learn anything from Silicon Valley it is the ‣ reinvest wealthpower of plowing the fruits of the harvest back into ‣ reinvest knowledgethe soil” ‣ reinvest network- Fred Wilson, from his preface to Tech and the City ‣ help others 10
  11. 11. Community‣ attentive maintainers‣ respectful exchanges‣ everyone contributes‣ no bystanders OPEN TECH NYC 2013 11
  12. 12. foss in nyc WHAT IS IT ABOUT NEW YORK? • investors • culture. you want to live here! • education • this guy • population density 12
  13. 13. GEOGRAPHY OF OPEN SOURCETakhteyev/Hilts, u of toronto 2010 COUNTRY USERS CONTRIBUTORS CONTRIBUTIONS US 39% 39% 43% UK 7% 8% 7% Germany 6% 6% 6% Canada 4% 4% 4% Brazil 4% 4% 2% Japan 4% 4% 5% France 3% 3% 3% Australia 3% 3% 3% Russia 2% 2% 2% Sweden 2% 2% 2% 13
  14. 14. GEOGRAPHY OF OPEN SOURCETakhteyev/Hilts, u of toronto 2010 CITY USERS CONTRIBUTORS CONTRIBUTIONS San Fancisco 7% 7% 9% NYC 4% 4% 4% London 4% 4% 3% Tokyo 3% 3% 3% Boston 2% 2% 3% Seattle 2% 2% 2% Chicago 2% 2% 2% Washington DC 2% 2% 2% Los Angeles 2% 2% 2% Paris 2% 2% 2% 14
  15. 15. SOME* PROMINENT NYC FOSS PROJECTSSOME* PROMINENT NYC FOSS PROJECTS VIA NYC HACK AND TELL• mongodb • pandas• brubeck • core (ocaml)• backbone.js • syphon• clojurescript • cinder• schematics • giter8• coffeescript • unfiltered• nodejitsu packages • twofishes• statsd • beautiful soup * THERE ARE MANY, MANY MORE 15
  16. 16. what is OPEN SOURCE doing for nyc?‣ enabling companies to start small for little $$‣ enabling invividuals and teams to become prominent as contributors‣ attracting talent‣ changing our engineering culture to one of openness and collaboration‣ teaching us about centralized vs. decentralized collaboration 16
  17. 17. centralized vs decentralized models for foss mysql postgresql• centralized • decentralized• always run by a company or bdfl • no bdfl• now owned by “evil” megacorp • not “owned” by any company or entity• has resulted in many forks • run by loose consortium of individuals• future unification uncertain 17
  18. 18. what is NYC doing for OPEN SOURCE?‣ leading the charge on municipal open data (nyc open data)‣ MEDIA, FINANCE, FASHION, LOCATION, mobile‣ attracting talented leaders‣ NYC bigapps‣ cornell tech campus‣ diversifying the tax base, away from finance 18
  19. 19. investment and hiring ‣ > 1000 active co’s ‣ hundreds hiring ‣ most foss-based ‣ many contributing to foss http://nytm.org/made-in-nyc/grid 19
  20. 20. where have we BEEN? ups and downs. •1995 - 2000: first wave of internet companies • 2000: dot-com bubble burst • 2001: 9/11 • 2008: lehman failure and economic disaster • 2000 - 2010: second wave, media tech (doubleclick, huffpo, engadget, gizmodo) • 2007 - 2011: only region in the country to see increase in tech vc • 2012: superstorm sandy • now: third wave of successful startups (4sq, meetup, omgpop, etsy, gilt...) 20
  21. 21. where are we headed? • the future is extremely bright • more community around nyc foss projects • growth of nyc foss founding and contribution • more large companies supporting these ideas • more talent and innovation in nyc 21
  22. 22. WHAT we all must do! • find a help/mentoring opportunity • start a project • join a project • talk about a project • blog about something you discovered • hack in person 22
  23. 23. ABOVE ALL, keep perspctive andHAVE FUn inventing! 23
  24. 24. OPEN TECH NYC 2013NYC INNOVATION STACK MEETUP culture engineering talent science, tech, math education startups using and building foss established companies building foss forward-thinking government active investors at all tiers 24
  25. 25. happify: a nyc company • engineering talent in our technologies • we love nyc, raising families here • access to media companies • smart, long investors • need for happiness! 25
  26. 26. thank contact me: andy parsonsyou! andy@happify.com @andyparsons 26
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