There have been many successful open source ventures, from MySQL to Red Hat to WordPress, each with different business models. Many others have tried—some even building successful open source communities—only to fail to monetize and build a business to sustain the initiative. Ariel Tseitlin takes you on a trip down history lane, drawing from a handful of use cases to identify what factors differentiate successful business from unsuccessful ones. You’ll leave with practical advice on what approaches and business models have worked well in the past.
Ariel is a Partner at Scale Venture Partners focused on investments in the cloud and security industries. He currently sits on the board of directors at Agari, CloudHealth Technologies and Threat Stack.
Previously, Ariel was Director of Cloud Solutions at Netflix where he was responsible for creating and operating one of the most modern cloud infrastructures in the industry, accounting for a full third of all US downstream internet traffic at peak. Ariel’s team built many of the Netflix OSS components like Asgard and the Simian Army, including the Chaos Monkey, making the Netflix streaming service more resilient, reliable, and manageable.
Prior to Netflix, Ariel was VP of Technology and Products at Sungevity and before that was the Founder & CEO of CTOWorks, a software consultancy helping early-stage entrepreneurs deliver their first product to market. Earlier in his career, Ariel held senior management positions at Siebel Systems and Oracle. Ariel holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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