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

Todd Davies davies at
Tue Feb 19 17:30:15 PST 2008

I got a room for this: 420-041, which seats 120 people. Let me know if 
this gets switched to another place, so we can cancel the room.


On Tue, 19 Feb 2008, Marco Wise wrote:

> 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)
> Abstract:
> 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.
> -- 
> Biography:
> 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
> Services.
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