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[opensource] Save the Date - "Innovation Goes Public" by Bruce Perens - March 6th

Marco Wise marco.wise at
Tue Feb 19 17:04:18 PST 2008

Hi All,

The Stanford Open Source Lab is pleased to present "Innovation Goes  
Public", a talk by Bruce Perens, a leader in the Free Software and  
Open Source community. Please save the date for this lunchtime talk on  
March 6th. Please forward this to anyone you think might be  
interested. I'll follow up with another email when the location has  
been set.

Innovation Goes Public
by Bruce Perens
Thursday March 6th from 12-1:30
Location TBD (Stanford Main Campus)


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?

Perens will show how Open Source is often the most effective strategy  
for creating and utilizing new innovation. He will explain the  
economics of Open Source and how it works for profit-generating  
companies. His talk will be clear to beginners yet informative even  
for Open Source pros.



Bruce Perens is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source  
community. He advises large corporations and several national  
governments on Open Source policy. He is creator of the Open Source  
Definition, the manifesto of the Open Source movement in Software.  
Perens is a vice president at Sourcelabs, a venture-funded company  
that provides Open Source services to Wall Street. He is a visiting  
researcher at Agder University in Norway, funded by a national grant.  
He was HP's first Senior Global Strategist for Linux and Open Source,  
and was Senior Research Scientist for Open Source with George  
Washington University's Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. The  
Bruce Perens' Open Source Series from Prentice Hall published 24  
titles with Perens as series editor. Perens previously spent 20 years  
in the computer graphic animation industry, 12 of them at Pixar  
Animation Studios. He has a credit on the films A Bug's Life and Toy  
Story II.


This talk is co-sponsored by the ATS program, Symbolic Systems and IT  

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