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  • Roberto Galoppini 3:42 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Notes from Silicon Slopes 2018 

    Last week I’ve joined the Blockchain track at Silicon Slopes Summit to talk about how Open Source projects and Crypto initiatives could greatly benefit from each other. Before getting into my talk, I wish to acknowledge the great job that Silicon Slopes’ exec Director Clint Bett betts has done in preparing the event. Looking at the list of sponsors, the local unicorns and the amazing number of attendees, you get the impression that there is a concrete alternative to Silicon Valley in Utah. Personally I would definitely choose Utah over the Bay Area for a number of reason, ranging from the culture of belief to the beautiful mountains and surroundings, last but not least the cost of living.

    Among my favorite talks I can name a few, starting from Stewart Butterfield of the Stack fame – who gave an inspiring speech talking about his experiences and takeaways in the context of entrepreneurial life – to Omar Johnson who shared few examples of amazing marketing strategies at Beats, as much as I enjoyed Ryan Smith of Qualtrics explaining the Utah way to entrepreneurship (build to keep). (More …)

  • Roberto Galoppini 2:53 pm on January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    More on Open Source Sustainability 

    Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

    Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

    Having been helping dozens of Open Source projects to grow, either with marketing tactics or sales strategies, my long time biggest passion has been how Open Source ventures can possibly sell their products without upselling their own community.

    I remember myself talking and commenting about how some Open Source companies approached the problem in the past: think of NGINXFunambol, as well as companies who later dropped their Open Source strategy, like SugarCRM. Today I wish to share some insights about how we’re approaching this at FileZilla®, and how that is going.

    (More …)

  • Roberto Galoppini 10:21 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Open Source Sustainability 

    Open Source Sustainability has been Achilles’ heel for a long time now, as Matt Asay, myself and others said a number of times. While initiatives like the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative are able to sustain some open source security projects, or OSI working group proposal might hopefully help others, we are far from finding an ultimate answer to this very problem.

    Photo by Andrew Branch on Unsplash

    My job recently has been focusing solely on finding ways to help open source ventures to flourish, and I’m glad to share one of the most interesting and potentially impactful work I’ve been on.

    At the FileZilla® Project – the free FTP solution for both client and server – we were looking for ways to reach financial sustainability, and we decided to look for a partner that would have helped us to provide both new features and more value to all stakeholders.

    Given FileZilla scope, the Cloud arena was the natural target, and we were looking for a company offering a cloud service that was going to be exclusively available to our users. Our first rose of candidates included MaidSafe, FileCoin, SIA and Storj. Eventually we opted for the latter, read below to learn more about. (More …)

  • Roberto Galoppini 5:33 pm on June 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Once more unto the breach: meet Business Follows 

    bflogotypeIt seems yesterday to me when I was writing about moving on, four months later I am happy to announce I have just started a new business venture.

    I have called my new company Business Follows, because users (and customers!) come first. If we play right, the business should be as much as possible a (nice) consequence.

  • Roberto Galoppini 9:38 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Microsoft Mobile Technologies Go Open Source! 

    Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 10.22.39Microsoft today has announced that its Mobile Technologies will eventually be released as open source soon. While there are no details yet about the license of their choice, that’s a great news!

    I’ve been hoping for a similar choice since 2008, I just hope that is not a loss-leader strategy, considering that only yesterday Microsoft has admitted that Microsoft Mobile isn’t their focus this year.

    Kudos to Microsoft for such a bold choice!


  • Roberto Galoppini 9:42 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    On Leaving SourceForge and Move On 

    Now that the sales of Slashdot Media has been completed I am moving from my role as SourceForge’s Head of Community and Sr Director of Biz Dev. I’m now working on the creation of an open-source industry consortium4168593521_9a091dc54e to back Hermes Center‘s GlobaLeaks, the open source whistleblowing framework.

    I’ll also be helping open source ventures succeed by:

    • mentoring companies like Bitergia, the software development analytics company;
    • assisting with open source project sustainability and monetization without upselling to their communities;
    • volunteer for open source projects and organizations, like Apache OpenOffice and the OuterCurve Foundation.

    I’m looking forward to working with even more open source projects and communities in the coming year. If you think we’d be a good fit, please drop me an email at info <at> or contact me via LinkedIn.


  • Roberto Galoppini 12:46 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Bitergia’s Advisory Board Gift 

    Roberto Galoppini Wish to publicly thank @bitergia for having sent over this nice handmade portrait, I like it!

    Stay tuned for knowing more about Bitergia, post FOSDEM @jgbarah will tell us more about how the software development analytics company is doing.

  • Roberto Galoppini 8:36 pm on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Open Source Never Dies 

    6360570507_8242f1eb25_mRecently a number of people from open source communities I work with or that I’m just aware of, happened to die. I’m thinking of Ian Lynch, of the Ingot fame, Ian Murdock Debian founder and John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead.

    It has been sudden and sad, and my thoughts go to their families out there.


    Whatever they have been doing – either if it was an assessment model, a Linux distro entirely composed of free software or marketing the first and most used open source office suite – the results of what they did are here to stay.

    Thank you guys for all you have done, it will never die.

  • Roberto Galoppini 9:08 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    About Contributing to Apache OpenOffice 

    Over the last 4 years I’ve been lucky enough to be paid for volunteering for Apache OpenOffice, and I wish to take a moment to thank SlashdotMedia and Geeknet, to allow me to turn my passion in my daily job. It has been a long journey getting to this point and I have learnt so much. Understanding and eventually embracing ‘the Apache Way’ was key to engage with the Apache OpenOffice community, and not only for that.

    Now, getting back to the original topic, let me share with you some news about Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites.

    aooe_homeThe new Extensions home has a strong focus on the search box, a brand new logo and overall a redesigned look and feel where all menu items have icons for better readability.





    aoot_homeThe new Templates home. Similarly to Apache OpenOffice Extensions site we have redesigned the look and feel of Apache OpenOffice Templates site. Different colors are used to highlight to which application a given template might be applied.





    aooe_creationThe new administrative interface. We have been thinking of Extensions’ authors too, and we added a bar at the top that links to the most common actions. We also improved the GUI, making it more intuitive for uploading extensions.





    aooe_searchThe search has been completely redesigned too. It worth to mention that there are other changes here and there, including an alert for outdated extensions that provides an easy way to contact the original author.



  • Roberto Galoppini 2:50 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Estonia Doubles e-Residency Fee 

    e-estonia, Digital ID CardBeing part of the Estonia e-Residency community – a community that counts over 8,000 members from around the world interested in administering a location-independent business online – I’ve just received their newsletter that tells that from February 1, 2016 the application fee for e-Residency will rise from 50€ to 100€.

    Big kudos to the Estonia government for the initiative. I remember me reading Balaji S. Srinivasan‘s tweet about Estonia’s citizenship-as-a-service, and since then I kept a close eye on that was advancing. A reading I would definitely recommend to people interested in this matter is “The Ultimate Guide to Estonian E-residency, Banking and Taxes.

    I don’t know yet if I’ll ever use my Estonian e-Residency, but I’m sure Estonia did the right thing, it’s something other countries should consider too.

    About e-Residency: e-Residency does not confer citizenship, tax residency, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the European Union. 



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