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SFOSC :: Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
Welcome! This is a place dedicated to the discussion, creation, and evolution of Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities. We are organized around the development of a set of shared principles that we believe lead to healthy, sustainable open source communities.

Our conception of community is an expansive one - it covers developers, users, evangelists, venture capitalists - anyone who believes that software is better when it is built in a community, and that communities are formed because of a shared understanding between people.

In addition to the principles, we intend to publish a set of ready to use social contracts. These social contracts can be adopted by free and open source software projects, and go in to detail the expectations of the community around: leadership, contribution, codes of conduct, monetary investment, and more. We’re still working on those. :)

If you’re considering starting an open source project, and you intend to start a business around it, you might be interested in our explanation of the various open source business models. This includes why some create more sustainable communities than others.

Finally, you might want to read the book on the thought process and research that went in to the creation of SFOSC. It provides a detailed background of the initial motivations behind the community, and the framework by which the principles were created.
business  opensource  community  license 
8 weeks ago by tobym
Are oral contracts valid? What about ones written on cocktail napkins?
legal  contracts  business 
october 2018 by tobym
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Lean Canvas: A model for evaluating strengths and weaknesses of a product or service.
business  startups  model 
july 2018 by tobym
Startup advice from mixpanel guy
The best way to control your own destiny as a company is often to make just enough revenue that you can always dial down expenses fast enough (<= 6 mo) to be break even if you get shitty terms or get into bad circumstances.
startup  advice  business 
july 2018 by tobym
Steve Blank SuperMac War Story 6: Building The Killer Team – Mission, Intent and Values
Mission statement (or...mission 2 paragraphs and 5 bullets for a department), and Mission Intent. (understand the intent behind the mission so you can adjust if you're tracking to fail on the specific mission).
business  management 
july 2018 by tobym
re:Work - The five keys to a successful Google team
In order: psychological safety, dependability, structure & clarity, meaning, impact
business  culture  management  productivity 
october 2017 by tobym
Are you sure you have a strategy?
a framework for strategy design, arguing that a strategy has five elements,
providing answers to five questions—arenas: where will we be active? vehicles: how will
we get there? differentiators: how will we win in the marketplace? staging: what will be
our speed and sequence of moves? economic logic: how will we obtain our returns?
strategy  business  planning 
december 2016 by tobym
The Art of the OKR
OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results. The form of the OKR has been more or less standardized. The Objective is qualitative, and the KR’s (most often three) are quantitative. They are used to focus a group or individual around a bold goal. The objective sets a goal for a set period of time, usually a quarter. The key results tell you if the objective has been met by the end of the time.

Before you set OKRs, it is critical your company have a mission.
business  management 
july 2016 by tobym
How to Charge for your Open Source
Nice, simple model. AGPL license by default with MIT commercial license available for purchase. Sell via Plasso/FastSpring/Wufoo, charge hourly rate for small projects or whatever is appropriate for larger projects. Subscription or one time per version is up to you, but prefer subscription because usually the work is on-going.
opensource  business  advice 
november 2015 by tobym
How to Design a Better Pitch Deck · The Macro
Good general presentation tips, not specific to pitch decks.
business  presentation  advice  startups 
november 2015 by tobym
How To Build a Web Startup – Lean LaunchPad Edition
simplistic recipe for prototyping web businesses in the hipster "lean startup" way
business  prototyping 
december 2011 by tobym
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