Open Source Communities: vendors and users working together

London Open Source Databases Meetup
London Open Source Databases Meetup
Public group

Thistle City Barbican Hotel

Central Street · London

How to find us

Thistle City Barbican Hotel, Mansion Suite - 120 Central Street, Clerkenwell London EC1V 8DS

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This is an unusual event for our group!

The theme is building and maintaining great relationships between vendors and communities. This is arguably the heart of open source spirit. The result of these relationships are the collaborative spirit and the win-win logic of every successful open source project.


* 14:00 - Arrival and networking
* 14:20 - Welcome and introduction, by Federico Razzoli, open source database consultant
* 14:30 - The Power of Community: Non-Linear Approach That Pays Off, by Stacy Rostova (Raspopina), Communications Manager @ ProxySQL
* Pause and drinks
* 15:20 - Community vs. Enterprise: How Not to Piss off your community and still build a profitable business, by Colin Charles, Businessperson, open source consultant, technical architect, experienced community builder
* 16:00 - Community Worst Practices Brainstorming

After the event, we will move to a nearby pub to continue our discussions and spend some good time together.


>> The Power of Community: Non-Linear Approach That Pays Off

Building a community is trendy these days. By gathering people around a great idea we gain much more than just an opportunity to sell our services or recruit top talent.

Loyalty is a strategic goal as it's the army of fans that makes a rockstar. More and more companies and people switch from linear approach ('let's sell/recruit now!') to building a non-linear strategy ('let's build an audience for ourselves and get what it may bring us').

How do we build a loyal community? How do we convert people into our supporters? How do industry leaders do networking? In this talk we'll share best practices from the most respected community leaders of the database industry.

>> Community vs. Enterprise: How Not to Piss off your community and still build a profitable business

Your popular OSS project gets corporate & VC backed. It flourishes with money in the bank. Its easier to sell an "enterprise spin-off" that is better than the currently "stable" community edition. Is one version better than the other? The community get annoyed but code complexity makes forking hard. Rewind.

From experience, learn what not to do (eg. Eucalyptus doing an Open Core model, spawning OpenStack), learn how to please management, and how to do a split well (eg. is it better for the userbase in the Elastic/Elasticsearch scenario? Red Hat and Fedora?).

>> Community Worst Practices Brainstorming

We have all had bad experiences somewhere, getting disappointed and puzzled on why no one cares for the reputation, for the community and for people's experience with the brand in general. Let's be vocal and share the DONTs this time, as being honest does make a difference!
In this short 20-min. brainstorming session everyone will have a chance to name the worst practices not recommended to any open, caring & supportive business.


Colin Charles

Colin Charles is the Managing Consultant at GrokOpen. Previously, Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, and has been around the MySQL ecosystem including being an early employee at MySQL, and worked actively on the Fedora and projects. Colin has been a MySQL user since 2000. He's well known within open source communities, enjoys building business and market entry in APAC and has spoken at many conferences.

Stacy Rostova (Raspopina)

Anastasia 'Stacy' Raspopina is now a Communications Manager at ProxySQL, the company developing an open source HA protocol aware proxy for MySQL and its forks (Percona Server, MariaDB). Previously she worked at Percona as a Marketing Specialist responsible for internal company communications, event management, promotional activities, content generation and other special projects. Prior to this Stacy was in charge of HighLoad++ and RIT++, large tech conferences in Russia boasting thousands of attendees.