Interesting community: COSS Community

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Lead me onto this:

https://mobile.twitter.com/OSSCapital

I wonder whether venture capital is now a viable alternative to licensing, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing

This is Joseph Jacks https://twitter.com/josephjacks_ who is fairly well known of looking at making Commercial OSS aka Open Core a thing.

Pinned tweet is from 2019

VC isn’t an alternative — it’s a potential source of capital in funding a business.

VC in general is a lot more educated about open source these days and there are definitely firms and individuals that specialize in open source based businesses.

COSS is built on Forem https://www.forem.com/, which is the OSS forum software that came from DevTO.

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Heather Meeker, who cofounded Polyform Project and Blue Oak Council with me and others, is also in OSS Capital.

JJ brings a lot of energy. We’ve had a couple good conversations.

They are definitely erring on the side of more aggressive PR. I’ve had a few execs of companies on their spreadsheet of open source companies tell me the numbers there aren’t close. They did a big “open core summit” in SF, before the pandemic, that irked me a few ways. But overall, I think they’re a good structural force.

If you’re looking to raise money for a VC-track open source company, I’d definitely talk to them.

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I wonder how viable of a pitch is a commercial lisp :stuck_out_tongue: