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COSS Weekly #120

Here's the one-hundred twentieth issue of COSS Weekly, the global commercial open source (COSS) company category newsletter, brought to you every weekend by the team at OSS Capital, creators and stewards of COSS Community and Open Core Summit.

We deliver only the most fresh 😋 news from the previous week in COSS across: Funding, Content, Jobs, Liquidity and $COSS (Public Markets).

Last week saw funding announcements from Mammoth, Godot v4 and OpenBB v2.5, major AI news, jobs from Forem and, and open-source espresso!


💰 COSS Funding

  • Mammoth, a Mastodon client, announced their pre-seed led by Mozilla. Link

📚 COSS Content

  • JJ: "If you are serious about building software, you have to build your own hardware. If you are serious about building SaaS, you have to build your own open source. If you are serious about building AI, your have to build your own models." Link

  • Yuri Sizov: "#GodotEngine docs are always being improved, but so is the engine itself. The upcoming release of #Godot4 is huge, and has been improved upon until the very last minute. We could never hope to catch up... To help you a bit to identify updated articles we've added this green note:

  • JJ: "Both point solution (unbundling) startups AND compound startups (bundling) can succeed in parallel ... @calendly is a great example of a point solution creating a multi-billion dollar category while @wix / @Rippling are compound startup examples winning by bundling. I think...

  • nocodb: "Soon. ☁️ Be the first to host with us! Sign up for private beta NocoDB cloud today 👇

  • Wasmer: "🤯 How Rust and Wasm power Cloudflare's We are incredibly excited to see that Wasmer is enabling the most popular DNS in the world!

  • JJ: "Open source is FULL of paradoxes... "Open source isn't funded, not sustainable!" "How do COSS startups even make money?" "Open source is hard to use, unstable and unsupported!" And yet, open source continues to eat software much faster than software is eating the world... 🤝" Link

  • Godot Engine: "4 years of development. 12,000 merged pull requests. 7,000 fixed issues. 1,500 individual contributors across engine and docs. Godot 4.0 sets sail NOW! ⛵️ A complete overhaul. A solid foundation to build upon. #GodotEngine

  • Tabular: "The time has come to announce that Tabular is now open to the public and describe precisely what we're about and what we do for Apache Iceberg. You can read the details here: #ApacheIceberg #Iceberg #datalake #datalakehouse #dataengineering

  • JJ: "🔥🔥🔥🔥🦋🦋🦋🦋

  • Shaun Walker: "A post on Open Source Sustainability... utilizing a car metaphor to clarify the terminology used for describing various commercial open source business models... #opensource #sustainability #coss

  • COSS Community 🌏: "@sbwalker" [Link](

  • JJ: "Who's building an open source alternative to PowerPoint / Google Slides ? And please don't say @LibreOffice Impress ... big fan but highly outdated stack and not nearly enough contribution / adoption momentum." Link

  • Jamie Pine: "A glimpse at @spacedriveapp's Linear Development for all platforms happening simultaneously, 9 engineers and the coolest tech stack you've ever seen. Beta release is very close.

  • Stability AI: "Generative art meets 3D - use our new Blender plugin for #stablediffusion to generate textures, videos and more, right inside the tool you already know. Download for free here:

  • JJ: "I wake up and see other people write about how COSS is taking over the word.... and I am happy. 😍😇

  • Emad: "Stability AI came out of @AiEleuther and we have been delighted to incubate it as the foundation was set up. For the next stage we invite all to participate in an open, independent research org focused on safety, interpretability and advancing science in this crucial technology

  • Jim Fan: "Here's another: ChatGPT only costs ~$1800 to generate the entire Linux source code, all 27 million lines. Copilot will soon become a cheap utility bill, and there's little financial excuse not to deploy it for every team. Math: Linux in 2020 has 27.8M lines. Assume every line...

  • Juan Linietsky: "It seems that @godotengine reached #8 on OSS Rank (and it even reached #7 before) 😱. Given how much room this project has to grow, things are getting quite amazing!

  • JJ: "My friend @jzemlin just told me about @decentespresso ... fully open source espresso machine! Amazing. Ordering now:

  • Yannic Kilcher, Tech Sister: "Today I discuss LLaMA by MetaAI. Among other things, how a 13B model can outperform gpt-3 when trained for long enough on large enough data, and why current evaluation metrics might need an update soon. Watch here:

  • Sid Sijbrandij: "In the future people won't trust closed-source software. Open core will replace it as the default. People want to be able to inspect, modify, and contribute to the code they use." Link

  • JJ: "IMHO @MetaOpenSource has done more for open source than ANY other major tech giant (perhaps G): @PyTorch (basically every neural net written in it), @reactjs (huge % of web), @docusaurus@RocksDB@GraphQL@HipHopVM@OpenComputePrj + all the AI/NN/LLM work led by @ylecun! 👏🏼" Link

  • JJ: "@cpojer I dream of a future where the best engineering talent in the world can ONLY be recruited and retained by allowing them to work more and more on open source ... perhaps even exclusively. Thus pushing tech giants to also open source more and more of their entire stack." Link

  • Naval: "Time for a "CopyLeft AI Data License" - if this data is used to train an AI model, then the model must open its source code and its weights." Link

  • JJ: "Zuck buys WhatsApp for $19B and founder Brian goes all-in on open source alternative Signal. Elon buys Twitter for $44B and founder Jack goes all-in on open source alternative Nostr. I SPY A TREND! 🧐 ♥️" Link

  • JJ: "Good take.. fascinating to see the ML / LLM dev community forget the 15 years of automation lessons that DevOps gave us (thanks declarative configuration management).

  • JJ: "WordPress is the Linux of Websites. Kubernetes is the WordPress of Computing. Godot is the Kubernetes of Gaming. Open Source success begets more Open Source success. 🔁" Link

  • Blake Burch: "Bytes, Data, Action!: The Incompatibility of Open Core and Profit

💸 COSS Liquidity (M&A + IPOs)

  • JJ: "Red Hat: 30 years 🔥
  • JJ: "Ginni led the incredibly transformative $34 Billion dollar acquisition of @RedHat in late 2018... what a great interview." Link

🛠️ COSS Jobs

  • 3,767 jobs and 268 companies hiring! Link
  • Forem: "We're hiring a Senior Product Manager! #TechIsHiring The starting salary range for this role is $131k - $143k USD plus equity. The role is fully remote and applicants from around the world are encouraged to apply. Apply via our site:
  • Peer Richelsen 🗓🍊⚡️: "looking for a head of engineering pls only apply if you have managed a team of +20 engineers and feel really comfortable with this - need to get really fast up to speed on how the @calcom core works - lots of PR reviews and merging - work with @CiaranHan our head of product" Link
  • Forem: "We're hiring a Senior Full Stack Engineer! #TechIsHiring We're looking for experience with JavaScript including vanilla JavaScript, Preact/React, and Ruby on Rails. Salary range: $145k - $157k USD plus equity. The role is remote and global.

📊 $COSS - Public Markets

  • $COSS markets up 5.69% last week

  • Latest $COSS markets snapshot below as of market close last Friday courtesy of Koyfin.

Koyfin market data

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