Open Source Business Models with Karthik Ranganathan, Heather Meeker, and Matt Asay

Open source software has evolved into a thriving, multifaceted ecosystem.

Open source encompasses operating systems and databases. Open source embodies both altruism and self-interest. And open source enables thriving businesses from WordPress blogs to hundred billion dollar cloud providers.

There is a large set of business models that can be built around a successful open source project. Some of these business models are more defensible than others. A company based around open source must make a deliberate set of tradeoffs around how their private company will relate to the public open source ecosystem.

Today’s episode is a discussion of open source business models with Karthik Ranganathan, Heather Meeker, and Matt Asay. Karthik is the CTO of YugaByte, an open source distributed SQL database. Heather Meeker is an open source licensing specialist and a founding partner of OSS Capital. Matt Asay is a longtime executive who has worked in several open source based companies including MongoDB–he has also written at length about open source. Full disclosure: YugaByte, where Karthik works, is a sponsor of SE Daily.

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