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Kraken.js - Bringing Open Source to the Enterprise

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PayPal has recently moved their web application stack from a proprietary framework, resulting in weeks of training per developer and large maintenance costs, to an open source-based stack that allows our engineers to come in the door coding. This is the story of how we changed our enterprise culture and started giving back to the open source community.

This talk covers:

  • Implications of previous framework and proprietary development approaches
  • Justification for moving to open source and which libraries we’re using
  • Releasing kraken.js to the public and why
  • Impact to other orgs and to PayPal as whole
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Poornima Venkatakrishnan


I am a web developer who is passionate about all things node.js and open source. I am an active contributor/ maintainer of Krakenjs – Paypal’s open sourced app framework for express. I like playing with new technologies, solving difficult problems and working on game changing projects. To sum up, I love a good challenge that keeps me on my toes.

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Cedric Williams


Cedric Williams is an InnerSource advocate for PayPal helping to grow the InnerSource Commons community. A technologist, pilot, coach, and advocate for individual freedoms, Cedric aspires to use narrative and technology to make communities powerful.