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Powered by Battery  |  August 10, 2016
The Key To Monetizing Open-Source: Just a Pinch of Commercial Features

Welcome to the Battery Ventures Open Source podcast. Today’s podcast is drawn from Battery’s recent Open Source Summit. The event–which drew 140 technology executives, investors and others to Palo Alto in June–featured discussions on the state of open-source software, particularly its potential for powering viable business models.

This podcast features a deep dive into open-source monetization strategies. Hear from pioneers of the open-source industry including Marten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL and Alex Pinchev, the former president of RedHat, as well as Barry Crist, the CEO of Chef and Jim Frankola, the CFO of Cloudera. This discussion is moderated by former MongoDB CEO and current Battery Ventures Executive-In-Residence, Max Schireson.

The panel discusses how open-source monetization models have evolved from the days of MySQL and RedHat, and how to strike the right balance between free open-source software and commercial offerings. “If you want to drive ubiquity with your solutions, you should be a little scared by how much you are giving away,” says Barry Crist, CEO of Chef. “It is like putting salt in your food. You don’t need a lot [of commercial features], just enough to make them pay,” Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, adds.

Listen in to learn more.

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