Index Open Source Summit 2021

An opportunity to hear directly from leading Open Source entrepreneurs, experts, and the larger community on what is shaping the industry.

Event Agenda

9:00 - 9:05am

Welcome Remarks

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Jacob Jofe, Vice President, Index Ventures

9:05 - 9:35am

Open Source: The Next 5 Years

We look into our crystal ball to make predictions for what’s next for open source, to provide insight into what leaders should be thinking about today. In this forward-looking discussion, we’ll cover insights into the greatest upcoming challenges for OSS, what direction we can expect the OSS pendulum to swing, and what category of software is most likely to create the next great OSS company.

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Mike Volpi, Partner, Index Ventures

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Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB

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Jess Iandiorio, Chief Marketing Officer, Starburst (Moderator)

9:35 - 10:10am

The Right Way to Build Community

Passionate, unique, and engaged developer communities are the backbone of Open Source Software. What’s the secret to building & maintaining a successful community? It’s a delicate balance between empowering organic growth and intervening to provide the right incentives. Our panelists discuss how to seed, grow, and measure a healthy and inclusive open source community.

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Nate Stewart, Chief Product Officer, Cockroach Labs

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Nick Schrock, founder & CEO, Elementl (creators of Dagster), co-creator of GraphQL

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Tristan Handy, founder & CEO, Fishtown Analytics (creators of DBT)

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Bryan Offutt, Principal, Index Ventures (Moderator)

10:10 - 10:40am

The Business of Open Source – Download vs Cloud

There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to determining & operationalizing the GTM strategy for open source companies, but there are core best practices that can be taken from existing businesses. Join this discussion as seasoned leaders share the key decisions made throughout their careers, and offer concrete advice for today’s OSS entrepreneurs and sales leaders.

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Erica Schultz, President, Field Operations, Confluent

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Justin Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Sales, Elastic

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Jacob Jofe, Vice President, Index Ventures (Moderator)

10:40 - 11:20am

Machine Learning Meets Open Source

There is a storied relationship between machine learning and OSS. Here, we dig into the crossover between the two. We’ll cover where to look to find the best machine learning tech – and if it's solely the open source domain – as well as what startups in the machine learning space can draw from the learnings of open source business models.

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William Falcon, Co-founder & CEO, Grid AI

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Peter Chen, Co-founder & CEO, Covariant

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Sarah Cannon, Partner, Index Ventures (Moderator)

11:20 - 11:55am

Our Journey So Far

Taking the time to review the most significant changes to the open source sector over the past few years can be instrumental in informing better decisions moving forward. The way open source entrepreneurs think about GTM, product, hiring, and more has evolved significantly over the last decade, and each experience is unique. Join this session for a reflective discussion on decisions made, and lessons learned.

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Justin Borgman, Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, Starburst

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Jay Kreps, Co-founder & CEO, Confluent

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Shardul Shah, Partner, Index Ventures (Moderator)

Portfolio Companies