[sf-lug] Bruce Perens lunch talk at Stanford, Thursday March 6, 12:00 to 1:30

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Thu Feb 28 14:22:21 PST 2008

  Bruce Perens will speak at Stanford University on Thursday, March 6th, 
2008, from 12:00 to 1:30. He will deliver his talk /Innovation Goes 
Public./ The talk will be at the Psychology Building, Jordan Hall, Room 
420-041. Lunch will be provided. Here are directions. 

Perens will show how Open Source software is often the most effective 
strategy for creating and utilizing new innovation, and has become the 
mechanism by which the smartest companies distribute the cost and risk 
of non-business-differentiating software development. He will explain 
the economics of Open Source in terms of the conventional "capitalistic" 
economic model, and how Open Source it works for profit-generating 
companies. His talk will be clear to beginners yet informative even for 
Open Source pros.

This talk has been the keynote at the recent Olswang (law firm) Open 
Source Conference (London, UK), The EU Government /Digital Business 
Ecosystems/ conference, and many others.


Open Source provides much of the software infrastructure for many of the 
world's largest companies and organizations: Merrill Lynch, Google, 
Pixar, Amazon, the City of New York, and probably you - although you 
might not know it. Innovative products like Linux, Firefox, and Apache 
are the market-leaders in their sectors, but there are tens of thousands 
of Open Source programs, used for just about everything. But the 
economics of Open Source are non-intuitive: how can you make money by 
giving software away? Why did IBM de-emphasize AIX, after spending 
Billions, in favor of Linux, the product of a loose collaboration of 
programmers that it can never control? How can the world's greatest city 
trust Open Source to help manage its jails?


The Wikipedia says: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Perens> / Bruce 
Perens is a leader in the Open Source community. He created the Open 
Source Definition and published the first formal announcement and 
manifesto of open source. Together with Eric S. Raymond he co-founded 
the Open Source Initiative. In 2005, he represented Open Source at the 
United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, at the 
invitation of the United Nations Development Program. Today, Perens is 
still active in representing open source to the world and advising 
several national governments and multinational corporations regarding 
Open Source. /

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