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Thursday, May 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Build a Company Around Open Source Software

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Open Source Software is software that’s built by a community of software developers with the core principle of developing the software in the open so that anyone can inspect, modify and enhance the software.  There are  hundreds of Open Source Software projects.  You don’t have to be a coder to contribute.  Open Source Software needs documentation writers, people that can answer support questions and evangelist , which can help build a strong and healthy community around a project.  Many of the popular Open Source Software projects sell support or has a version of their software that they sell to companies.  However, many companies self-support and don’t purchase support because they don’t see value in paying an annual support fee and in many cases, they feel that they shouldn’t have to pay for support since the software is free.

This is an opportunity for you to build a business on providing on-demand support, consulting and/or build features that the community isn’t focused on developing.  In this session, we will walk thru the process of selecting an Open Source Software project to support, building a support and consulting practice and how to gain credibility and techniques for giving back to the Open Source Community that you would be generating money from.

Speakers
avatar for Mack Hendricks

Mack Hendricks

Entrepreneur | Computer Scientist | Speaker
Mack has worked the last 6 years on building an Enterprise Open Source Support company called dOpenSource, A subsidiary of Flyball. He found a niche on providing support for Open Source VoIP solutions. During his journey, he has picked up some knowledge and came up with an appr... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
#ChaseBasecamp - 6E1 | Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201