Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

agile engineering. The Slides/Video tab on the top of this page has all the open source course material for my classes. One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to give back to the community that helped me. I assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools.

Why There Will Never Be Another Red Hat: The Economics of Open Source

Peter Levine

Open source software powers the world’s technology. In the past decade, there has been an inexorable adoption of open source in most aspects of computing. Without open source, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and nearly every other modern technology company would not exist.

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Introducing 411: A new open source framework for handling alerting

Code as Craft

Today, we’re introducing our open source solution to this problem: 411. Etsy’s commitment to Open Source means we use the same version of 411 as what’s available on Github , so you can expect regular project updates. engineering monitoring security data

How to Create an Open-Source Office

Inc Startups

No one loves open-plan offices. Theoretically, an open-plan office is a great format for a changeable work environment, a place where employees have a say over how they work and a place that can adapt to their needs and to the needs of the business.

Open Source Spring Cleaning

Code as Craft

At Etsy, we are big fans of Open Source. Etsy as it is wouldn’t exist without the myriad of people who have solved a problem and published their code under an open source license. In every nook and cranny of our technology stack you can find Open Source code. For engineers that means that we strive to give a talk at a conference, write a blog post on this blog or contribute to open source at least once every year.

mctop – a tool for analyzing memcache get traffic

Code as Craft

Once the key was confirmed engineers would look at alternate approaches to handling the data contained in the key. The end result is the tool “mctop” we’re open sourcing today. infrastructure operations memcache open-source engineering operations

Open Source Business Model


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 5, 2007 Open Source Business Model A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 ) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space - Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks.

Lessons Learned: Great open source scalability tools from Danga

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, September 5, 2008 Great open source scalability tools from Danga If you are trying to build a scalable LAMP service, its always best to start with the original and still quite relevant presentation, from Brad Fitzpatrick when he was at LiveJournal. Youll learn how they pioneered the use of a lot of open source tools at new levels of scale, and even created quite a few more, that are essential scaling aids.

New investment: Upverter, a cloud-based platform for the hardware revolution

Version One Ventures

In the design phase, we believe that hardware engineering will follow a similar path as the open source software community that built GitHub. A platform that combines collaboration and data-sharing with a massive public repository and cloud-based design, is not only necessary as engineers continue to design more complex physical things, but it’s also inevitable. News Arduino GitHub hardware Open source hardware Raspberry Pi startup University of Waterloo Upverter

Scaling CI at Etsy: Divide and Concur, Revisited

Code as Craft

What we needed was a way to create a Jenkins job type that would execute a selection of arbitrary Jenkins jobs, wait for the jobs to finish, and report a single result while still making it possible to drill down to sub-jobs to determine the sources of failures.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Why are you Still Making.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Open Source to the Rescue The more I delve into the bevy of open source tools and frameworks the more Im stunned when I see poorly executed applications. Fortunately, an open source Apache product named Tika helps us achieve this with fairly little effort.

Putting the Dev in Devops: Bringing Software Engineering to Operations Infrastructure Tooling

Code as Craft

This tooling helps us take new hardware from initial power on to being production-ready in a manner of minutes, saving time and energy for both data center technicians racking hardware and engineers who need to bring up new servers. engineering infrastructure operations

mctop – a tool for analyzing memcache get traffic

Code as Craft

Once the key was confirmed engineers would look at alternate approaches to handling the data contained in the key. The end result is the tool “mctop” we’re open sourcing today. infrastructure operations memcache open-source engineering operations

Crunching Apple Pay tokens in PHP

Code as Craft

Today we’re open sourcing part of our server-side solution, applepay-php , a PHP extension that verifies and decrypts Apple Pay payment tokens. Our search yielded a couple of open source projects, but none that fully complied with Apple’s spec. We’ve committed to using the open source version internally to avoid divergence , so expect to see future development on Github. engineering infrastructure mobile Apple Apple Pay open source PHP


eCommerce: A VC Story [guest post]

VC Cafe

They are accustomed to more frictionless buying, easier payments, smarter recommendation engines, sharper display (product images, 3D, HD), short fulfillment time, and excellent customer service. by Tomer Tzach, CEO,

Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

But a new angel fund is hoping that they’ll do the same in exchange for engineering talent. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Sign in with Facebook or Twitter to get started!

How To Fix Obamacare

Feld Thoughts

Many years ago I read Fredrick Brooks iconic book on software engineering – The Mythical Man-Month. One of his key messages is that adding additional software engineers to an already late project will just delay things more. Hopefully the government owns all the software even though apparently violates open source licenses. Government cto government harper reed mythical-man month obamacare software engineering tech

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Aarhus Engineering Hub Supports Uber's Global Operations


In Denmark, Uber's main goal is to help provide cities with a better transportation system – But they also support Uber data centres around the world from Aarhus engineering hub. “In We’re hiring engineers who are able to find their own problems to work on.

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s Supergrep!

Code as Craft

After a long week two years ago with a number of site incidents, our then-CTO Chad Dickerson sent an email to our all-engineering mailing list about a new tool: For a few of the incidents we’ve had in the past week, we’ve found. obvious trails in the error logs leading directly to the source of the. We’ve open sourced the code on our github repository, which you can find here: engineering grep logs node node.js

SwRI Leads Open Source Consortium for Robot Makers


Editor’s Note: Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio is a nonprofit research and engineering organization with more than 3,000 employees and revenue of $581 million last year. The post SwRI Leads Open Source Consortium for Robot Makers appeared first on SiliconHills. It’s one of the gems of San Antonio’s technology community. You can read more about the organization here. They do work for companies and government agencies and they [.]

Announcing Hound: A Lightning Fast Code Search Tool

Code as Craft

Today we are open sourcing a new tool to help you search large, complex codebases at lightning speed. We’ve been using it internally for a few months, and it has become an indispensable tool that many engineers use every day. Before Hound, most engineers used ack or grep to search code, but with our growing codebase this started taking longer and longer. engineering infrastructure

Lessons Learned: Customer Development Engineering

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, September 7, 2008 Customer Development Engineering Yesterday, I had the opportunity to guest lecture again in Steve Blank s entrepreneurship class at the Berkeley-Columbia executive MBA program. In addition to presenting the IMVU case, we tried for the first time to do an overview of a software engineering methodology that integrates practices from agile software development with Steves method of Customer Development.

How Etsy Manages HTTPS and SSL Certificates for Custom Domains on Pattern

Code as Craft

Until fairly recently, this is the point where you had to open up your wallet. We chose an open source ACME client library for PHP called AcmePHP. engineering infrastructure security

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Yandex wedge ‘open-source’ Android open


One side being the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) and the other, while having a couple of names, is most often called Google Mobile Services (GMS). Their phones will be available to customers in Russia in March where Yandex is the most popular search engine and a well know brand.

Etsy’s Debriefing Facilitation Guide for Blameless Postmortems

Code as Craft

For many organizations engaged in software engineering, the group “post-mortem” debriefing meeting (and accompanying documentation) is where the rubber meets the road. ” As a first step to answer that question, we’ve developed a new Debriefing Facilitation Guide which we are open-sourcing and publishing. Here’s a narrative taken from real debriefing notes, generalized for this post: “I don’t know,” the engineer said, when asked what happened. “I

Software eats software development

Chris Dixon

WhatsApp was able to disrupt the global SMS industry with only a few dozen engineers. Open Source. Open source dominates every level of the software stack, including operating systems (Linux), databases (MySql), web servers (Apache), and programming languages (Python, Ruby). Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams.

Measure Anything, Measure Everything

Code as Craft

If Engineering at Etsy has a religion, it’s the Church of Graphs. See Flickr’s “ Counting & Timing ” for a previous description and implementation of this idea, and check out the open-sourced code on github to see our version.) data engineering infrastructure

Kevin Federline Search Engine


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S.

Personalized Recommendations at Etsy

Code as Craft

The MapReduce implementations of all these methods are now included in our open-source machine learning package “ Conjecture ” which was described in a previous post. data engineering matrix factorization personalization recommendations

Transitioning to SCSS at Scale

Code as Craft

With regards to performance, the Sass team prioritizes the development and feature parity of libsass , a C/C++ port of the Sass engine [2]. For the unfamiliar, an AST is a representation of the structure of parsed source code. engineering infrastructure

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Sahale: Visualizing Cascading Workflows at Etsy

Code as Craft

If you know anything about Etsy engineering culture, you know we like to measure things. Fast forward to now: I am pleased to announce Etsy’s open-source release of Sahale , a tool for visualizing Cascading workflows, to you, the Hadooping public! The Problem.

A Brief Intro to Domain Driven Design

Austin Startup

To build the best and most flexible solutions, engineers can be much more effective if we work closely with people across many departments, possibly including product, sales, business development, customer success and more.

What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years

Chris Dixon

Prominent examples include the PC, the web, blogs, and most open source software. Engineers vote with their time, and are mostly trying to invent interesting new things. Many breakthrough technologies were hatched by hobbyists in garages and dorm rooms. The fact that flip-flop wearing hobbyists spawn large industries is commonly viewed as an amusing eccentricity of the technology industry. But there is a reason why hobbies are so important.

Re-Introducing Deployinator, now as a gem!

Code as Craft

This includes updating source repositories on build machines, minifying/building javascript and css dependencies, kicking off automated tests and updating our staging environment before launching live. Four years ago we open sourced deployinator for OSCON.

Whither patents

The Equity Kicker

Elon Musk, already the startup world’s favourite entrepreneur, took a step closer to all our hearts yesterday when he open sourced all of Tesla’s patents.

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Playing catchup has been Google Cloud Platform, which includes its IaaS Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure. Citrix cloud product is based on the open source CloudStack that came out of their acquisition a few years back. OpenStack – the open source OS.

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How Software Developers Really Spend Their Time

And you thought being a software engineer was all about dreaming up clever algorithms or amazing graphics routines and then instantiating them in elegant, tightly written code. According to the survey, software engineers spend as much time waiting as they do brainstorming and collaborating.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Agile Engineering” to have teams prototype, test, and iterate their idea while discovering if they have a profitable business model. This lecture order was embedded in the Udacity Lectures , the syllabi and educators guide I open-sourced.

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Hacking for Diplomacy is a new course from the Management Science and Engineering department in Stanford’s Engineering school and Stanford’s International Policy Studies program that will be first offered in the Fall of 2016.

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The non-developer’s guide to hiring software developers

The Next Web

Embrace open source. I’m absolutely amazed by the number of non-technical hiring managers and CEOs who are still wary of open source developers. Open source developers aren’t lazy thieves. The same should be true for open source developers.