Entrepreneurship For Engineers: From Open Source to New Venture

Track: BOF
Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: E142

Moderated by Joyce Park, 106 Miles

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a tech business besides coding skills and a product idea? 106 Miles is a Silicon Valley organization that helps engineers learn how to take the step towards becoming entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help geeks understand the world of business plans, co-founders, potential funders, partners, executives, employees, and exit strategies.

Our special guest for OSCON is Bob Lisbonne, a venture capitalist with the well-respected Sand Hill Road firm of Matrix Partners (and the man who Open Sourced Mozilla!). He will answer all your questions about the venture funding process, how a VC evaluates teams and ideas, and in particular how Open Source fits into the world of venture-backed businesses. He will share stories of companies that use Open Source software, extend Open Source software, Open Source software developed in-house, and reverse-engineer proprietary software.