Role of Free Software in tech startups
Debayan Banerjee
Co-founder, gazemetrix
Stages
● Before entrepreneurship
● Early days of entrepreneurship
● Growth
● Acquisition
Before entrepreneurship
● Free software is for hackers
● Hackers become entrepreneurs
● We were hackers in college
● Githu...
Before entrepreneurship
● Building an international network
● Knowing people who will hire you tomorrow
● Proving your wor...
Early stages of entrepreneurship
● No other option but to use FOSS due to lack of funding
● FOSS today is de-facto. Propri...
Early stages of entrepreneurship
● Some companies open-source their products to gain
popularity or for ethical reasons, bu...
Growth
● Hiring new people is now based on Github profiles
● Scaling is now based on tools released by companies
like Fb, ...
Acquisition
● Startups need to be careful about their usage of FOSS
● Need to understand licenses properly
● Tools that he...
Special notes
● What “not” to opensource? - Tom Preston-Werner
● Android or iOS apps are almost never open sourced
● Carel...
FOSS we use at Gazemetrix
● Ubuntu GNU/Linux, jquery, bootstrap, opencv, gcc, flask,
tornado, mongo, redis, thrift, fabric...
FOSS usage in other companies
● Twitter uses: Apache Cassandra (@cassandra),Apache
Hadoop,Apache Lucene,Apache Pig,Apache
...
FOSS usage in other companies
● Twitter released: Bootstrap, Finagle, Twui
● Facebook released: codemod, Facebook Animatio...
The End!
Thank You!
Debayan Banerjee
@debayan
gazemetrix
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  1. 1. Role of Free Software in tech startups Debayan Banerjee Co-founder, gazemetrix
  2. 2. Stages ● Before entrepreneurship ● Early days of entrepreneurship ● Growth ● Acquisition
  3. 3. Before entrepreneurship ● Free software is for hackers ● Hackers become entrepreneurs ● We were hackers in college ● Github received $100 million funding, validates the “fork” model of the future
  4. 4. Before entrepreneurship ● Building an international network ● Knowing people who will hire you tomorrow ● Proving your worth
  5. 5. Early stages of entrepreneurship ● No other option but to use FOSS due to lack of funding ● FOSS today is de-facto. Proprietary is rare ● Pushing tools beyond what they do ● Sometimes creating products out of it ● Rough edges of FOSS gives rise to services business opportunities
  6. 6. Early stages of entrepreneurship ● Some companies open-source their products to gain popularity or for ethical reasons, but it is rare in early stages. Eg: deeproot ● Startups that came out of FOSS communities: mongo, drupal, joomla ● Languages and platforms are almost always FOSS. Eg: Python, Ruby, Scala etc
  7. 7. Growth ● Hiring new people is now based on Github profiles ● Scaling is now based on tools released by companies like Fb, Twitter, Google. Eg: Bootstrap, thrift, cassandra, hive, tornado ● When you start becoming popular, releasing your code gets you a community
  8. 8. Acquisition ● Startups need to be careful about their usage of FOSS ● Need to understand licenses properly ● Tools that help decide degree of usage of FOSS in your product eg: openlogic, palameda
  9. 9. Special notes ● What “not” to opensource? - Tom Preston-Werner ● Android or iOS apps are almost never open sourced ● Careless use of FOSS can hamper acquisition ● FOSSing your code needs careful planning and attention ● Fragmentation is a challenge
  10. 10. FOSS we use at Gazemetrix ● Ubuntu GNU/Linux, jquery, bootstrap, opencv, gcc, flask, tornado, mongo, redis, thrift, fabric, node.js, Qt Creator, Eclipse, WebGL Earth, git
  11. 11. FOSS usage in other companies ● Twitter uses: Apache Cassandra (@cassandra),Apache Hadoop,Apache Lucene,Apache Pig,Apache Subversion,Apache Thrift,Clojure,Drupal (@drupal),Eclipse,Ender (@ender),Gerrit,Git,Jenkins,jQuery (@jquery),Less,Linux,Memcached (@memcached),MooTools (@mootools),Netty (@netty_project),Node.js (@nodejs),OpenJDK (@openjdk),Python,RSpec (@rspec),Ruby,Ruby on Rails (@rails),Scala,Sinatra (@sinatrarb),TwistedMatrix (@twistedmatrix),Zepto.js (@zeptojs)
  12. 12. FOSS usage in other companies ● Twitter released: Bootstrap, Finagle, Twui ● Facebook released: codemod, Facebook Animation , Phabricator, PHPEmbed, phpsh, Three20, XHP, XHProf, Apache Cassandra, Apache Hive, FlashCache, HipHop for PHP, Open Compute Project, Scribe, Thrift , Tornado ● Facebook contributes to: Hadoop, Hbase, Cfengine, jemalloc, memcached, Mysql, php, Varnish
  13. 13. The End! Thank You! Debayan Banerjee @debayan gazemetrix

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