Earlier this week I wrote a post about some of the cultural challenges Wikipedia is facing as its contribution rate has slowed. The comments you made were fantastic, including one by Dr. Ed H Chi (the PARC scientist who published the study I referred to in the post) linking to a prototype dashboard... Read more
By Brian Gentile, Jaspersoft CEO It occurred to me recently that the open source movement is really nothing less than a renaissance. Perhaps that sounds grandiose, but stay with me.
Traditional media companies are in big trouble. You may have noticed. You know who else has noticed? David Pakman, currently a partner at the prestigious Venrock venture capital firm. You may also know David as the former CEO of eMusic—a fairly disruptive media company in its own right. David has... Read more
If you've ever watched a road bike race like the Tour de France, you know the peloton is the big group of riders that cluster together during the race to reduce drag. It's a great example of collaboration in action. But let's face it: the people in the middle of the peloton may go faster than they... Read more
In the discussions around some of my previous articles, I've noticed a trend: we seem to be focusing on cultural changes that need to be made for the open source way to be effective in contexts beyond technology.
It's a good bet that the next generation of defining companies will have corporate cultures built the open source way-- around openness and collaboration, while fostering community and culture that extend outside the company walls. In fact many of the defining companies of the first decade of this... Read more
You have an open source project. You discover something that it would be really awesome to have added to your project, but you can't justify bumping it up the priority queue. It clearly has a bit of core CS theory in it, a bit of old-skool hacking, and the end product will add some real value to... Read more
Dear Flying Dog, I know that you've moved from your cozy spot in Denver, Colorado to Frederick, Maryland, but you've had time to settle in. It's time for you to revitalize the Open Source Beer Project. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try the Wild Dog Collaborator Dopplebock (love the name... Read more
Before the January 12 earthquake, widely available maps of the country of Haiti had little more than a few highways and roads. The capital city of Port-au-Prince was a shaded outline that suggested a city. The problem was that Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, had been ignored... Read more
Interesting article in Forbes about the way Threadless, the awesome t-shirt company, thinks about community-building. For those of you who aren't familiar with Threadless, they do about $30 million in revenues with a unique cultural/business model that merges a community of t-shirt creators and... Read more