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