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Money for Nothing and Your Downloads for Free

Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC), Roberto Galoppini (Slashdotmedia), Adam Benayoun (Binpress)
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Not all projects benefit from a deep-pocketed corporate sponsor to fund their community activities. While open source projects aren’t places to make money (that’s what their participants do elsewhere), there are still bills that need paying for server hosting, download bandwidth and the like, and maybe for trademark registration and other legal costs for larger projects. What’s the best way to fund your project? Three speakers with differing experiences of funding an open source project will explain their approach and then take questions from the audience.

  • Simon Phipps will cover the value of the principle of equality (which asserts all community members must have equal freedoms in an open source project) as a guide to evaluating open source monetization approaches.
  • Adam Benayoun will describe how Binpress can help a project fund additional features and generate support business for its contributors.
  • Roberto Galoppini will explain how Sourceforge can now help fund your project through your downloads.
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Simon Phipps

Public Software CIC

Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with OSI standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems.

As President of the Open Source Initiative and a director of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator at InfoWorld, Computerworld and his own Webmink blog.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.

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Roberto Galoppini


Roberto has over 20 years experience in the computer industry, and has spent the last 10 years working in the intersection of open source software and business development. Roberto has taken an active interest in different open source projects and organizations, he also served on some advisory boards, and helped large IT vendors, open source vendors and customers to design and deploy their open source strategies. He currently works at SourceForge as its Senior Director of Business Development.

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Adam Benayoun


Adam is the co-founder and CEO of Binpress, a marketplace for commercial open source – providing a platform for building a profitable business from creating and working on open source projects.

Adam has launched over 15 web ventures for the past 10 years and utilized numerous open source projects in the process of building his products.

He studied Animation at the Minshar School of Arts and is an alumni of the 500startups accelerator in Mountain View.