Joseph Jacks: Open Source Eats Everything - Entrepreneurship in Commercial Open Source Software

November 21, 2019


Event Information:

Date and time: December 3, 2019
Location: Engineering 2 Room 180


The intersection of open source and commercialization will shape a new category of business, new kind of economics, new way of building products and more. In his talk, Joseph Jacks will discuss transforming entrepreneurial free and open source software (FOSS) creators into leading commercial open source software (COSS) founders. He will look particularly at COSSA (COSS Accelerator) which is pioneering the first globally distributed "school/studio/incubator-hybrid" community platform. COSSA is supported by a network of COSS founders who have created more than 100 of the top COSS companies creating more than 50,000 jobs, raising $9 billion in venture capital, generating $20 billion in revenue, and launching hundreds of products.


Joseph Jacks is the Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital. He is based in San Francisco and leads the US investing arm as well as global investment strategies. Joseph is also the Co-Founder of Aljabr. Previously, Joseph was an EIR at Quantum Corporation in support of the Rook project which was subsequently donated to the CNCF (its first storage project) where he has also been involved (at the board level, in various committees and as an advisor) since inception. Joseph also founded KubeCon (now also run by the Linux Foundation's CNCF) while also building Kismatic, the first enterprise-focused commercial Kubernetes company (acquired by Apprenda). Over the preceding several years, Joseph worked at Mesosphere, Enstratius (acquired by Dell Software), TIBCO Software and Talend.