The Business of Open Source – at WordPress Bucharest

Last Friday I was honoured to be invited to speak about the Business of Open Source at the WordPress Bucharest meetup

The slides I presented with are below, my first deck in Automattic colours. Unfortunately the recording of the presentation didn’t work out, so you’ll have to imagine the spiel to go along with it.

The three principles I outline in the presentation, An Outward Facing Team, Freely Shared Code, and Community Engagement, are principles that worked for us in Code For The People, and allowed us the impact we wanted to have on WordPress and on our clients’ projects… but they do sound scary. Giving away the things which traditional business holds dear is tough, and it’s tougher to persuade clients to go along with this approach. For us the approach paid dividends, and it’s also working for many other businesses across the world… not least my current employer, Automattic.

This was the first remote presentation I’ve given, we used Google Hangouts, and the experience was pretty smooth on the whole, though it was unnerving not to be able to see the whites of the eyes of my audience (because I had my slide deck running full screen). That said, it’s amazing to be able to present to one city from a different country and I’d definitely do it again if asked.

Thanks to Marius Vetrici for inviting me, Bogdan Dragomir for helping me get setup technically, and the Bucharest WordPress Meetup for listening and for their questions.

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