Speaker Series: Commercial Open Source Business Strategies with GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij
What can developer startup founders do to build successful and defensible businesses on top of open source software?
Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) companies face myriad challenges when building their businesses, not least of which is the threat of service-wrapping – bundling OSS projects with core services as a complete package – by hyper-cloud providers.
What can developer startup founders do to build successful and defensible businesses on top of open source software? In this Speaker Series presentation, GitLab founder and CEO Sid Sijbrandij discussed how GitLab has managed to resist forking and commoditization, as well as walk us through his journey to discovering the “buyer-based open core model” and pricing strategy.
Bio: Sid Sijbrandij is the Co-Founder and CEO of GitLab, which has established itself as the first single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle. As CEO, he has steered the company from “Show HackerNews” to a $110M Series D in 6 years.