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Opening up the world of commercial open source software
Part of the For Cloud Professionals podcast series
Once relegated to IT infrastructure and middleware, open source software has gone commercial. Cloud providers are taking notice, and the push to leverage open source at the application layer holds tremendous potential to power the future of cloud and drive innovation.
Commercial open source software: Powering cloud innovation
Open source software is nothing new. Companies have depended on it for years to power IT infrastructure. However, the commercialization of open source—which focuses on the nexus of open source and monetization—is a new category that holds great innovation potential for both open source creators and the companies that use their product—particularly at the application layer. In this episode of the podcast, David Linthicum talks with Joseph Jacks, founder and general partner of OSS Capital, about the genesis of commercial open source and how the relationship between cloud providers and open source companies is slowly changing, for the better. Joseph also shares his insights on where commercial open source is going in the future and how companies can better integrate it into their development strategies.
We view open source in terms of digital technology, digital transformation, as the primary value creation source and mechanism in the world full stop.
Joseph Jacks is the founder and general partner of OSS Capital. He is based in San Francisco and leads the US investing arm as well as global investment strategies.
Traditional software remains foundational to IT systems everywhere. But open source software can create positive disruption—engaging both customers and employees—by encouraging collaboration and productivity.
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