The Changelog The Changelog #320

Venture capital meets commercial OSS

Joseph Jacks, the Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital joined the show to share his plans for funding the future generation of commercial open source software based companies. This is a growing landscape of $100M+ revenue companies ~13 years in the making that’s just now getting serious early attention and institutional backing — and we talk through many of those details with Joseph.

We cover the whys and hows, why OSS now, deep details around licensing implications, and we speculate the types of open source software that makes sense for the types of investing Joseph and other plan to do.


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Adam Stacoviak

Adam Stacoviak

Houston, TX

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Changelog. Hacker to the heart.

2018-10-26T16:26:46Z ago

Gotta get those maintainers paid somehow ~> https://changelog.com/founderstalk/58

When Donald Fischer said

We have now decided collectively to build our civilization largely out of software, and that software is open source… So if we want our world to be a great one, we need our software to be great, and that means we need our open source software to be great.

…I don’t think he was referring to venture capital, but he did say “launch additional models” to support maintainers.

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