Open Source Software Fuels Explosive Startup Growth and Goes Mainstream

By June 1, 2017Blog
Last week, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Battery Ventures hosted an interactive discussion on the explosive growth of open source software in San Francisco. Event slides can be found here. — OpenTracing (@opentracing) May 22, 2017 The evening’s event kicked off with CNCF Executive Director Dan Kohn welcoming the crowd, providing a summary of recent CNCF developments and showcasing the most recent Cloud Native Landscape. Battery Ventures’ General Partner, Dharmesh Thakker discussed the new Battery Open Source Software (BOSS) Index. “Major global companies like Ticketmaster, Box, and eBay to name a few now rely on open source technologies like Kubernetes, containerd, OpenTracing and Node.js to run key segments of their infrastructure. These projects will be the substrate for businesses for years to come and it is essential to create a sustainable ecosystem around them to ensure widespread market adoption. CNCF appreciates Battery Ventures co-hosting the event with us, and thanks Dharmesh for leading an incredibly lively and entertaining panel discussion,” said Kohn. The Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin provided the first rule of the Linux Foundation. And Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth provided a live demo of Machine as a Service. The evening’s main event was a diverse set of panelists - from senior technical and strategy experts - involved in popular projects like Kubernetes and OpenTracing, as well as early and venture-backed start-ups. Moderated by Thakker, the panel discussed the explosive growth and adoption of open source software, how this adoption is leading to startup growth and where enterprises are at in terms of cloud native adoption. Panelists included: Priyanka Sharma, OpenTracing; Janet Kuo, Kubernetes; Andy Randall, Tigera; Evan Kaplan, InfluxDB; and Yoav Landman, Jfrog. “Our robust discussion really highlighted the challenges and opportunities of both building open-source communities, but also figuring out how to monetize them. Neither task is easy!” said Thakker. ”But our panelists had some great insights about building active communities and partnering with organizations like CNCF to build an ecosystem and commercially viable businesses.” If you are interested in learning more about open source software and/or cloud native technology, please join us at these upcoming conferences: Open Source Summit North America, September 11-13 in Los Angeles. CloudNativeCon + KubeCon North America, December 6-8 in Austin.