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Welcome Thread

jj profile image JJ Updated on ・1 min read

Hey there! Welcome to COSS.community!

If you're getting your feet wet, COSS stands for Commercial Open Source Software.

This community is a place for builders, investors, and fans of open source technology — and for the growing ecosystem of COSS companies, built on open-source tech.

An open future is just beginning!

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET

Welcome!

  1. Leave a comment below to introduce yourself, including any open-source projects/communities you're involved with, and any other interests in life.

  2. Reply to others' comments with questions and greetings. ✌️

  3. Share anything COSS-related that you've been exploring lately!

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MJ Amartaivan

Hey everyone, I'm MJ. I'm the Co-Founder and CEO of erxes Inc, an open-source all-in-one growth marketing & management software. Simply, the open-source of Hubspot. Our goal is to become the WordPress of MarTech.

I'm happy to be a part of this COSS family and share insights with like-minded people. I’d be happy to connect via Twitter and answer any questions regarding how we can work together.

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Sam

Awesome mission, MJ. And erxes.io is beautiful!

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Michael Bromley

Hi everyone!

I'm the creator of open-source headless e-commerce framework vendure. I'm based in Vienna, Austria but originally from the UK.

My project is still in the beta phase and I don't yet have any commercial offerings, but I plan to release some commercial plugins next year (open core model). Right now I have a healthy community with ~600 members in my Slack group and a number of teams & individuals building projects on top of Vendure. Just today I had a call with a team who is using Vendure to build the online store system for a major European supermarket chain!

I'm happy to be a part of this community and share insights with like-minded people 👋

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Rick Lamers

Vendure feels like a breath of fresh air. I’m too scarred from working with Magento I guess to enjoy building E-commerce. But this looks so nice you might make me reconsider. Wish you all the best!

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Michael Bromley

Hi Rick - that's great feedback ;) I started the project as a result of my frustration with the state of existing OSS offerings. There are a lot of frustrated e-commerce devs out there with similar scars. So yours is exactly the kind of reaction I am hoping to create!

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Sam

Beautiful website, UI, and tool, Michael! Exciting about the community growth and the "Built with Vendure" progress as well!

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Elena

Hi everyone, I'm Elena. I am a co-founder of Evidently AI. We build open-source tools for machine learning teams to analyze and monitor ML models in production. We had an early release this month, and are working to build up the functionality. Happy to connect with other open-source startup founders here and on Twitter.

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Sam

Hopefully COSS.community will be a great nexus point, Elena!

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Rick Lamers

Hi Elena! Good to see you on here too. Looking forward to track Evidently AI - what you’re creating looks very useful. I’d wager most drift goes undetected today. Cheers!

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Sven

Hey everyone 👋- I'm Sven and I'm the CEO and co-founder of Webiny. We help developers and organizations to build solutions on top of the serverless infrastructure. Thank you to @jj for an amazing conference and now this community. Looking to actively participate in the discussions and get to know everyone.

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Sam • Edited

Welcome @sven ! Impressive tool — the ready-made apps you're already offering look fantastic. Look forward to learning from your experiences and the conversations to come!

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Rick Lamers • Edited

Hi everyone! I’m Rick and together with some incredible people I’m building Orchest. A pipeline tool for data scientists that let’s them focus on what actually matters.

I’m incredibly impressed by the amazing knowledge and accomplishments of everyone I see in the COSS community. I thank @jj and his team for initiating it and sparking many important and interesting conversations.

Looking forward to learning from all of you.

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Sam

Thanks for the intro, @ricklamers ! As someone with a bit of data wrangling experience, this seems pretty amazing

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Jacob Herrington

Howdy! I work on Forem :)

Really interested in this community and glad we get to build it together!

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Sam

You and the team are doing fantastic work, @jacobherrington ! Computers indeed!

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Matthew Rathbone • Edited

👋 Hello everyone.

I'm the core maintainer (and co-creator of) Beekeeper Studio, an open source SQL editor and database manager.

The app has a big focus on user privacy, and has a permissive license (MIT).

Happy to have found the community, hoping we'll make the transition from OSS to COSS at some point :-).

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Bill Shepherd

Hello all, I'm Bill Shepherd the CEO and joint founder of gliff.ai
Our aim is to help people create the best AI-ML possible, with a suite of productivity tools and to also address many of the concerns users have around the Fairness, Accountability and Transparency of AI.
Our product will be COSS focused upon Imaging in the MedTech sector. We are at the seed-funding stage, looking to raise Series A late 2021. Based in the beautiful City of Durham in England.

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Sam

Really important work, @billshep . Glad you're leading that initiative and very excited to learn more.

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Nicolò

Hi everyone! I'm Nicolò and I'm a software engineer. Together with some incredible colleagues and friends, we are building a commercial open-source company around tools for the cloud.

This is Leapp; our first open-source project and it's an all-in-one access management solution for cloud accounts.

I really look forward to connecting with you all and exchange experiences with other founders to grow together. If are in need of technical or business advice send me a DM for anything and I'll help you out! Here's my Twitter account you can always find me here!

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Sam

Hey @pethron , thanks for the introduction and sharing Leapp! Beautiful product. I can imagine how it takes a lot of pain away

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Tobias • Edited

Hi everyone, I'm founder of opensustain.tech and the open-source community protontypes. I'm currently working as a software developer and aerospace engineer at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at Jülich Research Centre. Previously, I developed autonomous and fully electric delivery vehicles for DHL based on open source technologies like ROS.

protontypes develops the tool LibreSelery for funding distribution in open source and supports organizations to open source principles in sustainable technology domains like renewable energy.

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Sam

Hi @ly0n , welcome! Exciting work!

Do you know how many projects LibreSelery has been used in? Any insights about the results / effectiveness?

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Tobias

Hi @sam ,

at the moment we are in contact with multiple open source projects that showed interest but we are still testing it on a smaller scale. It is still a prototype and we are lacking resources to scale it since the main developers working full time in other jobs and we also have not that many contact in the COSS community yet.

The concept was tested internally with quite some success and distributed around 3000€ between the contributors of LibreSelery and its dependencies. In the last months, we gathered feedback from multiple communities like GNU or Debian to evaluate the needs of the community. You can see this feedback in our issue board. A new architecture that allows better community adaptions has been created by us and will be released in the next week. Together with the RWTH Aachen University we are also evaluating the economical factor. We are still looking for a stronger partner to go larger steps, that one reason why I joined this community.

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Havi

Hello Y'all! Lovely to meet you and learn about your projects. Afraid I'm a bit late to this thread - but hey, it's still 2020. Since autumn, I've been working with Scarf (scarf.sh or @scarf_oss on twitter ) on developer content strategy and outreach. I'm a big fan of the dev.to approach to content|community - it's cool to see forem launch to make this replicable ...

@sam does coss.community have a policy around re-posting blog content here to give it better distribution in the coss.community? (cross-posting used to be out of favor, but I don't think that's true any longer... ) Please advise :-) TIA!

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Andrea Cavagna

Hi everyone, I'm Andrea. I am a partner of an open-source company associated with the consulting company beSharp.
I'm building an open-source project with the goal to help developers in securing and accessing their Cloud Access.
We had launched the project on the 1 of October and we reached over 5k downloads of the v0.3 release.
Also on the 11 of January, there will be another important announcement of the project, with the release of an important feature.
I'm looking to connecting with other Founders and advisor, here or on Twitter!

Also if you are interested in Cloud and in Cloud access management, in particular, I'm writing a Medium publication on those topics

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Sam

Hi everyone, I'm Sam. I'm one of the people helping build COSS.community — just like you!

My background spans writing, experience design, front-end, and lean building. You can see some of my work here.

My main areas of focus are climate, open-source tools, and communities — which is part of why I'm so excited about our COSS.community!

If you're interested in chatting about any of these topics, or introducing on a general note, drop me a line any time!

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Lee Wynne • Edited

Hey everyone 👋🏼 I am a serial Forem builder. I am also massively interested in how open-source is going to eat up Enterprise IT and the channel, if anyone has an interesting content on that subject, hit me up!

I also have this crazy vision of an open-source project that takes Heroku to the next level, as easy to use but places your resources on the most cost effective Cloud platform and continues to do so actively over it’s lifespan. Like the emerging home energy supplier abstraction service that’s now available.

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Kai Lyons • Edited

Hello, my name is Kai Lyons. I am the founder and CEO of Fivnex - a work-in-progress COSS company. I work on Fivnex products like Keter and MEML.

I am here mostly to read and discuss COSS. I am also here to provide support and ideas.

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Yuriy Andamasov

Hi All! My name is Yuriy,
I'm one of the co-founders and coordinators at VyOS.io
We democratizing networking with our fully open-source enterprise-grade network OS. Fun fact - our project is a response to an attempt to kill other OSS project.
Really excited to be here and hopefully can be useful for other COSS creators.

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Sam

Hi @syncer !

Amazing product (and family!!) Look forward to learning more!

-Sam

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Renate Slebe

Hi!
I'm the co-founder of Chasquis. We're creators and maintainers of Holodeck B2B, an implementation of the OASIS AS4 standard for B2B data exchange.
We build fast, scalable gateways for our customers in areas like eInvoicing, tax- and compliance reporting.
Looking forward to being part of this community!

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Chas Nelson

Hi all, I'm Chas, Founder and CTO of an imaging AI company called gliff.ai. We recently received seed funding to develop a suite of private and secure productivity tools for developing imaging AI in regulated space (e.g. health-tech, aerospace, etc.). We've decided to go open-source with our products and have managed to bring our investors on board with the idea and so are now working out the details.

When I next get a proper holiday I also want to pick up a project I started during lock-down to create and open-source (software and hardware) system for automating my Gaggia Classic semi-automated espresso machine... I believe that the extra caffeine might be essential to get us to round A funding!

I'll probably be posting some fairly open questions to help us clarify our ideas surrounding COSS for gliff.ai. I look forward to the discussions!

You can find me on Twitter/GitHub/LinkedIn.

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Sam

Sounds fascinating, Chas! I love seeing more open-source hardware projects.

Regarding Gliff, an open-source imaging tool for medicine could be a path to normalizing open fundamentals in the health industry overall. Data, therapies — very exciting possibilities!

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Jimmy Song

Hi, everyone. My name is Jimmy Song, I am a developer advocate at Tetrate, CNCF Ambassador, Cloud Native Community(cloudnative.to) founder. He is an outstanding translator, author, and producer of PHEI. Early adopters and evangelists of Kubernetes and Istio. Previously, he worked at iFlytek, TalkingData, and Ant Group(formerly Ant Financial). See more on my blog jimmysong.io/en/