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Presented by David Smith, R Community Lead (Microsoft), at Monktoberfest October 2016.
The value of open source isn’t just in the software itself. The communities that form around open source software provide just as much value and sometimes even more: in ongoing development, in documentation, in support, in marketing, and as a supply of ready-trained employees. Companies who build on open source tend to focus on the software, but neglect communities at their peril.
In this talk, I share some of my experiences in building community for an open-source software company, Revolution Analytics, and perspectives since the acquisition by Microsoft in 2015.