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Financing Freedom - Section One 0.3

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This is the final draft of section one of the tutorial. Of course, I need to practice the timing to see where each 30 minute section takes.

This is the final draft of section one of the tutorial. Of course, I need to practice the timing to see where each 30 minute section takes.


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  • 1. How to organize and fund free culture projects Kevin Shockey Founder, Mis Tribus
  • 2. What? Free culture projects often fail due to a lack of resources.
  • 3. So What? By focusing on raising funds, a project can increase its chances of survival
  • 4. Why m e? Computer Science, Math, Financials, and Software Development
  • 5. Why now? Declining interest in FLOSS Lingering confusion surrounding free software Lack of unity, more division Cloud computing and proprietary platforms, like iOS, are: - Reducing awareness of FLOSS foundations - Reducing interest with a superior user experience
  • 6. OReilly Hom e Page (06/ 16/ 2012)
  • 7. Disclaimer Some of this class Is based on theories Im currently researching And using
  • 8. Tutorial as a Startup Financing Freedom - “How to organize and fund free culture projects” - Slides - Handout - eBook Supporting Materials - Background - Data - Illustrations (Graphs) - Vision for Maximum Strategy Community
  • 9. So far...Startup Progress Funding Free Culture: - Blog: news.financingfreedom.com - Homepage: www.financingfreedom.com - @_ff12 - Tumblr: FundingFreeCulture.Tumblr.com One Blogger post triggers: - 3 Automated tweets on 3 different accounts - Twitter - Linked In - Financing Freedom Page on Facebook
  • 10. Assum ptions Free Culture Project Execution Project Funding
  • 11. Free Culture Assum ptions Free culture projects often fail - Never shipping - Unable to attract a community Division makes free culture weaker - Contributors must choose - Only able to sustain two or three projects
  • 12. “Free” Assum ptions Ambiguiety between free and open source software In many cases there is a an unequal value transaction: - Many use “free” software - Few look for ways to give back to the community - Volunteer - Recommendations - Donations - Merchandise - Services
  • 13. State of FLOSS? Projects in emergent, growth, & maturity stages State is Mixed - Enterprise recognition - Limited user recognition/support - Finances (resources) are limited (often to just one person)
  • 14. Top 10 FLOSS Hall of Fam e1. Linux Kernel2. GNU Utilities & Compilers3. Ubuntu4. BSD5. Samba (Top 10 Open Source Hall of Famers. (2009). http://mstrb.us/zjn6zK)
  • 15. Top 10 FLOSS Hall of Fam e6. MySQL7. BIND8. SendMail9. OpenSSH & OpenSSL10. Apache
  • 16. Measuring FLOSS Through search, Google Trends Through search, Google Scholar Through investigation, Mining SourceForge.net Repository
  • 17. Search is relative Search is a simulation; - By measuring “reality” we affect reality - It is a proxy, - We humanely can not understand the math involved - Artificial intelligence
  • 18. What SEO Tells Us Many Thanks to Stephen OGrady and his SEO research, which he shared: “The State of Open Source: Startup, Growth, Maturity or Decline?”
  • 19. General trends for mature projects - Linux
  • 20. Apache
  • 21. MySQL
  • 22. PHP
  • 23. Open Source
  • 24. GPL
  • 25. Em erging Technologies Dom inated by FLOSS – LinuxCloud
  • 26. NoSQL
  • 27. Hadoop
  • 28. Google Scholar Advanced Search Parameters - “Open Source” exact phrase all in title - “Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics” subject area - Year to Year (eg; 2012 to 2012, 2011 to 2011, etc.)
  • 29. Open Source Academic Papers by Year900800700600500 Direct Results400300200100 0 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
  • 30. “Open Source” vs “Free Software” (since 1983)900800700600500400300200100 Free Software Results Open Source Results 0 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983
  • 31. Academ ic Paper Analysis Growth reversed in 2011, but 2012 will show new growth Free software has not been researched much - Out-published by a margin of 5 to 1 by open source.
  • 32. Academ ic Paper Questions Has research on “open source peaked? Why isnt anyone researching “free software?” Has “open source” obscured the importance of free software?
  • 33. SourceForge Research Data Archive (SRDA) Many tables archived from February 2005 to present Data includes any churn in the number of active users, projects, messages, etc. Observations
  • 34. Monthly additions of users is slowing down
  • 35. User base is STILL growing - Just over 3 million users
  • 36. Sharp increase in the number of projects
  • 37. Num ber of packages is also up.
  • 38. Num ber of releases are down
  • 39. Num ber of files are down.
  • 40. Downloads are generally rising - Extreme variances are unexplained
  • 41. 3.6 Million in January 2009 *
  • 42. Is GitHub Eating all of SourceForges Candy?
  • 43. SourceForge and GitHub Sm ackdown Three comparisons - Number of Users - Number of Academic Papers - Number of Repositories Round One - Number of Users: - SF (3 Million to 1.6 Million) Round Two – Academic papers - SF (195 to 8) Round Three – Repositories - No correlation for repositories
  • 44. Project Ex ecution Assumptions Most projects end in failure A successful project organization has emerged FLOSS projects are similar to startups Execution is achieved through testing assumptions
  • 45. Open Source Failure A project that is unable to grow a community beyond the founder. A project that fails to ship anything. Abandoned projects
  • 46. Open Source Failure A project that is unable to grow a community beyond the founder. A project that fails to ship anything. Abandoned projects...when either of the 1 two conditions reoccurs st
  • 47. SourceForge Projects 324,000 projects 268,554 projects with only 1 developer (83%) 44,446 “viable” projects (14%)
  • 48. Developers Per Project
  • 49. Open Source Success Constant and synchronous communication Consistency in methodological development approach Geographical dispersion management through an extensive testing culture FLOSSD experience in accepting and handling the environmental limitations
  • 50. Critical Success Factors Obligatory use of project methodology An extensive testing culture (Lean Startup) - Build Measure Learn or your competition will Irrelevance is your enemy - Mastery of Internet and Social Media marketing Create, nuture, and manage a viable community
  • 51. An Infinite Marketplace Thousands of new OSS projects every month Thousands of new apps on Android and Apple A hundred thousand new e-Books Millions of social media updates - Photos - Videos - Blog entries
  • 52. Irrelevance is Your Enem y

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