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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> robertogaloppini.net 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 5:29 pm on January 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    1 6 17 22 .. Not Really a Fibonacci Sequence 

    The Fibonacci Notes by Prab BhatiaThe last year I wrote only one blog post, the year before six, seventeen in 2013 and twelve in 2012.

    Over the last years my blogging frequency went down the drain, for a number of reasons, some of which don’t really apply anymore.

    Try to write more often didn’t really work for me, though.

    “Just trying” was not enough, I suspect Yoda was right.

    I’ll shoot for at least one post per week as a minimum viable schedule, and I feel like starting the first day of the year sounds like a good enough special date.

    I’ve also decided to move to a more modern theme for the occasion, a classic, I would say: Automattic’s P2.

    I’ll keep writing about open source, either commercial or not, but I’ll definitely spend more time on things I do. As such I’ll talk about companies I’m an advisor to, open source projects I’m involved with or those I occasionally help to be more visible.

  • Roberto Galoppini 10:04 am on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Open World Forum 2014: CfP is about to close! 

    OWF Take back ControlThe Open World Forum is back! Check out the CfP, it’s closing in two days!

    "For this 7th edition the program is build around the guideline “Take Back Control” and will show you how to take back control of your digital world.
    • Kris Buytaert 8:49 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink

      If their subtitle is “Take back Control” does that mean they are going to make it a real Open Source event again and not the most closed and open source unfriendly event with people talking bullshit on stage like last year ?

      Not that I plan on ever speaking there again .. btw..

    • Roberto Galoppini 9:26 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Hi Kris,

      my sincere apologies for not having approved your comment before.

      Having been a Program committee member for few years now, I can tell that in my opinion the event progressively became a bit too French. I can’t tell if that’s the result of the lack of support/interest from us international committee members or an organizational drift away from a more international perspective, though.

    • Stefane Fermigier 10:21 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks Kris for your feedback. I don’t agree on a lot of things you said, but we will take care of the things we agree on this year.

      An Roberto, thanks for your long term support of the event.

      The program for 2014 should be announced soon.

      Also, see: http://opensourceweek.fr/



  • Roberto Galoppini 9:17 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Innovation By Design 

    I have contributed to Engineering’s Ingenium webzine talking about how open source is  the innovation backbone powering the Bitcoin revolution. Below you find the English version, read more at the Engineering site.

    2013 was considered the year of Bitcoin, the new cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer communication protocol that provides a secure and decentralised system for the transfer of property rights. Each block in the chain of transactions is certified by network nodes which are paid for this activity. Known as “mining”, this activity is financed by the limited and controlled production of new Bitcoins. To circumvent the system’s security it is necessary to invalidate the rules applied to each transaction, and this requires obtaining control of more than 50% of the network nodes. Investing in Bitcoin is not without risk. In December 2013, China banned bitcoins, on 28 February 2014 the main exchange (Mt Gox) declared bankruptcy and, more recently, the U.S. administration has expressed its willingness to fiscally regulate the cryptocurrency. Each time the market has reacted negatively and then recovered, but it is certainly premature to express an opinion on the future of this means of payment. But a question is worth asking: why are innovation and Open Source inseparable in Bitcoin?
    The protocols underlying internet, and Bitcoin is no exception, are based on “rough consensus and running code”, that is, on public discussion and implementation. If Bitcoin had been a private protocol it would have been impossible to verify collectively the effectiveness and an ecosystem would not have been developed which to date has already attracted 100 million dollars’ worth of investment by venture capital, and has already been able to cope with problems in software thanks to the timely mobilisation of the community of developers. The Bitcoin project is in fact developed on GitHub and distributed and discussed on SourceForge.
    But if cryptocurrency is the first practical application of the protocol, it is not necessarily the one with the greatest potential for innovation. Today, applications are being designed that intend to extend the principle of operation of this protocol for the transfer of ownership of other assets, such as the management of derivative instruments like ‘Contracts for Difference’. Developments are also being conceived that will enable the creation of “virtual companies” in which each stakeholder will participate through the purchase of “shares” or receive them in exchange for their contributions, thus achieving the business rules of the organisation ‘cabled’ into the code. It is the cooperative model underlying the Bitcoin community, and more generally the Open Source community, which transforms the very way in which the business is established and evolves. Bitcoin could be the platform on which businesses, customers and users will find a new way to exchange value, products and services.

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