Surviving Public Funding

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As a co-founder of a company that had spun out from centrally funded projects I was asked to present on our experiences and offer guidance on how others might adapt our business model to survive the loss of public funding.

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  • Ruin if funding goesOnce steadfast mining industry – 1984 strikes – the endIf your funding goes you too could be ruined
  • What do you do?You can Fight…CampaignComplainAttempt to change mindsBut what if you fail?You can take Flight…Jump shipLeave it to others to resolveBut didn’t you take that job because you cared?You can Freeze with Fright…Sit back and hopeEmployer needs to worry about it not youWhere will your employer place you next?
  • Ros + steve worked for themService – WookieBut – funding doubts each year
  • We chose to adapt:Combination of understanding the JISCs needs, understanding the strength of the existing service, understand other opportunities for the serviceReduce costs to JISC (increase likliehood of fnding)Maintain essential servicesEssentials free @ point of use - OSSW - for HE/FEValue add services chargedSubcontract back to OSS W - supplement their income
  • Service level during transition – SanderChange management – fleeingNot enough resource to handle success
  • New areasHonis? – what?Closed, still commercial, more ports – lesuireNeed plan and adapt so can have a bath
  • Surviving Public Funding

    1. 1. Surviving Public Funding Steve Lee Ross Gardler @stevealee @rgardlerOpenDirective.comPresentation is © OpenDirective 2012 – Some Rights ReservedLicensed under Creative Commons
    2. 2. What if you are facing ruin?
    3. 3. Fight, Flight or Fright?
    4. 4. JISC OSS Watch Case
    5. 5. Our Solution
    6. 6. OpenDirective
    7. 7. It should be obvious, but…
    8. 8. Adapt for a happy ending
    9. 9. Surviving Public FundingSteve Lee Ross Gardler@stevealee @rgardler OpenDirective.com

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